“Toy Story 4” hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but it’s already giving us a reason to cry.
Director Josh Cooley confirmed in a tweet that actor Don Rickles, who voiced Mr. Potato Head in the first three installments of the franchise, would appear in Toy Story 4.
“Some people say funny things, I say things funny.” -Don Rickles
All of his pieces may be replaceable, but his voice is not. Honored he signed on for TS4, honored he’s in TS4. pic.twitter.com/Q7cTRSQNwh
— Josh Cooley (@CooleyUrFaceOff) March 28, 2019
Rickles had signed on to appear in the film before his death in April 2017, but did not record any dialogue before he passed away.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cooley said Rickles’ voice was used by request from his family.
“Of course we loved Don obviously, and after he passed, his family contacted us and asked if there was any way that we could create a performance using the recordings that we had,” Cooley tells EW. “Now, he signed to be in Toy Story 4. Unfortunately we did not get a chance to record him for the film. But we went through, jeez, 25 years of everything we didn’t use for Toy Story 1, 2, 3, the theme parks, the ice capades, the video games — everything that he’s recorded for Mr. Potato Head. And we were able to do that. And so I’m very honored that they asked us to do that, and I’m very honored that he’s in the film. Nobody can replace him.”
Rickles’ name has not appeared in any released cast list for the film and questions about who would take on the role of the iconic spud have lingered since his death.
“Toy Story 4” hits theaters on June 21.