Pixar Surprises John Lasseter with Cars 2 Cameo

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The Associated Press reports that Disney•Pixar surprised the company’s chief creative officer John Lasseter with a cameo in Cars 2. The character, pictured below, is a yellow pick-up truck named “John Lassetire.” The animation studio registered the character’s name to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

“It was news to me,” said Lasseter, who is also serving as a director on the sequel. “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.”

Lasseter’s character serves as the pit crew chief for a high-profile race car. Cars 2 hits theaters on June 24.