Pixar Chief John Lasseter to Cameo in “Cars 2″

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In honor of Pixar’s 25th anniversary, the company’s chief creative officer John Lasseter (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life) will become a hefty yellow pick-up truck named John Lassetire in the upcoming “Cars” sequel.

It was news to me,” said Lasseter, who is also directing the animated film. “I did not know about that, so I was a little surprised. I ended up voicing this character. It was just one line, but now I have a ‘Cars’ character. I’m very excited about that. He’s a good ol’ American pick-up truck, which I think is very appropriate for John Lassetire.

The idea was producer Denise Ream’s, who was inspired by George Lucas’ brief cameo in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” Check out a shot of Lassetire below.

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In “Cars 2,” slick race car Lightning McQueen and his tow truck friend Mater set off on an around-the-world adventure. Lasseter’s character serves as the pit crew chief for a high-profile race car. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on June 24th.