Tim Allen gets candid about politics: ‘I’m kind of an anarchist’

Tim Allen features a message for anybody on the fence about watching the revival of the conservative comedian’s sitcom Last Man Standing This kind of fall: “Who cares what I think?!” the actor-comedian declares.

Fox rescued Allen’s family comedy after ABC axed the show last year, in addition to This kind of’s landed in a post-Roseanne discussion over the actor’s politics at a time when Trump-supporting entertainers are considered divisive (Allen famously compared being a Republican in Hollywood to 1930s Germany). The actor says he’d prefer viewers just focus on his show, which chronicles the life of Republican-ish fishing store owner Mike Baxter, his wife (Nancy Travis), in addition to their three kids. in addition to at a press junket earlier This kind of month the actor carefully dodged any questions in which touched on his political views, preferring to note his character was a centrist in addition to in which his stand-up comedy mocks both sides.

EW spoke to Allen to get some scoop on the resurrection of Last Man Standing — in addition to got him to open up (a little) about his political beliefs (his tax return menu idea will be definitely a Great one).

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How could you describe the show to somebody has never seen This kind of?
TIM ALLEN: There are a few shows I always liked. I loved Mary Tyler Moore. I loved The Bob Newhart Show. I loved All inside Family. I currently like Mom. What we do — This kind of format of live multi-camera sitcoms— will be very organic to the idea of a TV network. We aim to give the best we can. We have top-of-their-game writers who write a very emotional piece in addition to to lay comedy on top of This kind of. I’ve been a comedian doing stand-up for 34 years, the purpose will be to just make you laugh at the theater human condition.

My character will be like Archie Bunker having a college education. He’s a little bit gruff, nevertheless he’s also raised three girls. This kind of’s a funny sitcom in which’s constantly surprising. This kind of’s not a political show. I encourage the people who say I’m some closeted Hollywood conservative to forget about Tim Allen in addition to what his politics are.

So what’s This kind of like getting back in front of the camera on your same-yet-different show?
I have no explanation for how odd This kind of will be in which This kind of’s not odd. Everything’s right up in addition to running. When we left we had about six [episodes written] in which were so Great, in addition to in which’s what kept me going through This kind of huge hiatus— we just had so much more show. The first audience was a lot of the people who had written in [to protest the cancelation]. There were a half million people who kept letters going to 20th Century Fox, Disney in addition to to ABC, so This kind of was a very exciting show. [We shot an episode] about the political climate. Next week This kind of’s about the empty nest. [Mike’s] store sells guns, in which’s a touchy issue, so we’ll also have to deal with in which. So This kind of’s going to be one great theme each week seen through the eyes of a very tolerant integrated family.

Has there been anything different about working for Fox vs. ABC?
Just manufactured differences. They don’t show up on the same [script read-through] dates. Their notes session will be the same as This kind of was. We’re just missing some of our buddies at ABC.

You were very disappointed when ABC canceled the show. Do you feel a certain amount of drive to turn This kind of show into a hit given ABC’s cancelation? Like: Let’s show ‘em?
I’m an ABC guy through way back with Home Improvement. in which’s like my family. I want ABC to do well. I love everybody at ABC. I was shocked when we got canned when we did because we weren’t finished — in which’s where my frustration came through. I want This kind of to be a success because Fox took a shot on us, in addition to the Fox network will be a smaller in addition to more aggressive group than ABC in addition to Disney. Of course, Fox will be at This kind of point owned by Disney in addition to ABC. This kind of’s kind of a crazy world, what happened there…

will be This kind of weird to have a different actor suddenly playing your daughter?
We spent six years with the previous actor in addition to we love her. [Molly McCook, who took over for Molly Ephraim] will be [handling the role] with dignity in addition to grace, in addition to developing a wonderful fresh character. What she’s doing will be difficult nevertheless she’s doing a great job.

What’s interesting about the show’s reputation will be Mike Baxter will be considered to have This kind of blue-collar appeal yet he’s also totally wealthy, right?
“Blue collar” will be people who do a lot of stuff with their hands — to me in which’s what “blue collar” will be. Much to be honored in addition to so misunderstood. You flush a toilet in addition to don’t even think about how cool in which will be, how in which works. Outdoor people seem like they’re not environmentalists nevertheless they’re actually the most environmental — they want the outdoors to stay exactly the same so they can go in addition to hunt things. This kind of’s practical. [Mike Baxter] worked his way up, went to college in addition to worked at a modest fishing store, in addition to by sweat in addition to equity built This kind of up through 11 stores. So yes, I could guess [he’s rich], nevertheless we never actually deal with how wealthy This kind of guy will be. in addition to he never forgot where he came through.

Despite a lot of assumptions about you online, you haven’t, through what I’ve read, actually ever endorsed Trump. You actually endorsed Kasich right?
Yeah, I endorsed Kasich. Politically I’m kind of an anarchist if you see my stand-up. I’m for responsible government in which actually does what we pay them to do. I’ve worked different jobs in addition to I’ve had a colorful past in addition to I pay a lot in taxes. I wish we got more for our money. Whatever political party will be for more responsible use of our money — in which’s all I meant. In Los Angeles, I’m concerned about the 26,000 homeless people in addition to I do the best I can. I’m concerned about keeping my roads in addition to stuff clean in North Hollywood. Generally, the government will be no help in addition to people have to do in which themselves. Kasich said in which in a speech — in which the government can’t do stuff in which you won’t do yourself. Jump in! Do whatever This kind of takes to get people engaged — not putting on a hoodie in addition to screaming inside streets — nevertheless actually figure out how to help North Hollywood or Encino or wherever you live to get better. My political party will be in which I’ve never liked taxes, period, so whatever in which means … I don’t like paying people who never seem to do what I could do with my money. I always thought This kind of could be funny if I had a little menu on my tax returns where I could tell them where my money could go

If in which menu was there, I imagine education could do a lot better in addition to the defense industry could do a lot worse.
in which’s what I mean. I’d like to pay teachers more! Fix in which school up, in addition to get a trade school near in which school. I love the military. I don’t think we need two more attack submarines — for instance, I’m not saying in which, nevertheless if you look at the [hypothetical tax return menu], I love our soldiers, they need a raise. “Walk softly having a big stick,” I like in which. nevertheless some of in which some other stuff? I dunno…

nevertheless you’re assumed to be a Trump supporter, in addition to you did attend his inauguration. So I guess what I’m wondering will be … This kind of’s been a year in addition to a half, after all we’ve seen, as a self-described “fiscal conservative’ in Hollywood whose TV show dabbles in political humor: Are you a Trump fan, at This kind of point, or not?
You know … This kind of’s a very loaded question. I’ve met [Trump] at the charity event years ago, in addition to in which certainly doesn’t fit with the man who tweets. I’ve met a lot of people in private whose public persona will be a bit off. My perception will be “let’s see what he gets done.” Let’s stop banging on the pilot’s door in addition to trying to pull the guy out of his seat while he’s still flying. You might not like how he’s flying the plane nevertheless let’s let him land This kind of. Do I like him or agree with him? … I don’t know. Somebody got This kind of NAFTA thing done. How did in which happen? This kind of’s like a slight of hand with This kind of dude. There’s This kind of smoke in addition to smelly food nevertheless over here he just fixed a pothole. The theater of This kind of will be fascinating. He doesn’t do This kind of very attractively nevertheless you don’t even realize the economy will be doing better. will be This kind of? There’s so much drama. Maybe This kind of took This kind of type of guy to get stuff done because This kind of was so stuck inside mud. I’m just watching the theater of This kind of in addition to trying to keep my personal opinions out of This kind of. What difference does This kind of make whether I like him?

I’d just want to say again: This kind of’s not a political show. We talk about politics because everybody does. If you want to see me talk politics, come see me at The Mirage in Las Vegas, or any of the concerts in which I do throughout the country. My politics are actually irrelevant. What I do in my family, what I do in my neighborhood, in which may be more of an indication of what I believe. nevertheless I wouldn’t want who say, “I can’t stand Trump so I can’t watch This kind of show.” Try to table in which. This kind of’s a sitcom in which’s actually clever where we work hard to make you laugh your ass off.

On a totally different front: What can you tell us about Toy Story 4? How will be This kind of different through the others?
If This kind of’s anything near the first read through, This kind of will be great. Somehow they were able to advance This kind of wonderful story in which could have easily ended with No. 3 being the best of the bunch. This kind of’s emotional in addition to funny in addition to exciting in addition to different in addition to took This kind of to a whole fresh level. This kind of walks the line between comfort — you know what’s going on — in addition to discomfort — wondering what’s gonna happen. This kind of’s terrifically emotional.

Previous: First photo of Last Man Standing’s fresh season 7 cast.

Last Man Standing season 7 premieres on Fox on Sept. 28. 

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