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It’s the most beautiful time of the year!

And to immerse yourself even more in the festive atmosphere, take a look back at one of our favorite holiday movies: “Father Christmas”.

Since its release in 1994, “Father Christmas” has become an instant classic. However, what most people don’t know is that the movie almost didn’t star Tim Allen. At the time, producers were hesitant that he could direct a box office movie as he was best known for his hit TV series, “Home Improvement.” But can you imagine the movie with Mel Gibson, Bill Murray or any other actor?

What else? In 2018, he revealed during an appearance on “The Tonight Show” that the original script was not that light. Instead, he claimed it featured a grim storyline, in which Santa Claus was involved in a violent death. Yes, you read that right. Not exactly the Kris Kringle you know and love.

We’re only scratching the surface of the Disney classic. So before you snuggle up in your favorite ugly holiday sweater and warm up some hot chocolate to watch “Santa Claus” again, read the 25 secrets from the movie below …

Tim Allen with a child in a scene from the 1994 movie “Santa Claus” (Photo by Walt Disney Pictures / Getty Images)

1. The original name of the film was “Such a Clank”.

2. Other actors considered for the role of Scott Calvin / Santa Claus were major stars like Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson, according to an interview first performed by director John Pasquin on the “Grunt Work” podcast. And it was Bill Murray who would have been the best candidate. But after starring in the classic Christmas comedy “Scrooged,” Murray “had no interest in pursuing another holiday-themed project,” Pasquin explained.

3. But the producers weren’t totally convinced by Tim Allen despite the crazy popularity of “Home Improvement”. In a 2011 episode of “Biography”, writers Steve Rudnick and Leo Benvenuti explained that the producers claimed that Allen “can’t open a movie, he’s a TV star.”

4. Allen’s wife in “Home Improvement” Patricia Richardson and “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Patricia Heaton were considered for the role of Laura, but Wendy Crewson ultimately landed the role of ex-wife of Scott.

5. Judge Reinhold chose Laura’s spouse (and Scott’s nemesis) Neal Miller, although Jeff Daniels, Stanley Tucci and Bradley Whitford were considered. He will then appear in all three films.

6. The most difficult role to choose was Charlie, Scott’s son, as they were looking for a child actor between the ages of 6 and 9, “who had sensitivity”, explained casting director Renee Rousselot and was “capable of ‘really access those emotions, but have real innocence about it. ” The production team launched open auditions in 13 different cities before reuniting with Eric Lloyd.

7. During the making of the original film, Lloyd had to wear dentures after breaking his front teeth when he went to a baseball game with his family. Oh, and that poster image of Scott and Charlie? It wasn’t actually Lloyd’s body, with the actor revealing on Reddit in 2014, “That’s another kid standing behind a Tim Allen cutout. And they just put my face on it. So they didn’t. didn’t have to pay me for another day. “

Tim Allen with Paige Tamada as an elf in a scene from the 1994 movie “Santa Claus” (Photo by Walt Disney Pictures / Getty Images)

8. The original script was much darker, Scott actually shooting Santa because he believed he was a thief. However, Allen revealed the ‘The Tonight Show’ in 2018, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, “was adamant,” We can’t start a movie like this. “”

9. Peter Boyle plays Scott’s boss in the first film, but then plays a different character in the next two films: Father Time.

10. Jimmy Labriola (Benny), co-star of Allen’s “Home Improvement,” makes a cameo appearance in the film as truck driver Scott and Charlie ask a question while they are in the sled.

11. Allen went through four to five hours of makeup and prosthetic applications to transform into Santa Claus (and that doesn’t count the two hours it took to get everything off) and had to wear several big costumes during the ride. filming, which took place in the middle of summer. “You can’t describe how maddening the process is,” Allen said of Kris Kringle’s character, calling him “terrible.” Because of the latex, Allen experienced rashes, scars, scratches, and infections.

12. There was a time limit on how long Allen could stay in the suit during filming, with a maximum of six hours due to poor ventilation. “They just got better and better at cooling me down, just keeping me calm,” Allen told ABC News of the latest movies.

Tim Allen with a doll in his hand, standing next to a Christmas tree in a scene from the movie “Santa Claus”, 1994. (Photo by Walt Disney Pictures / Getty Images)

13. Throwing real kids as North Pole Elves turned out to be a bit difficult for Allen, who was known to improvise on set. “You didn’t want the kids to be around when Tim was gone,” actress Crewson said in “Biography.” “He would continue these hilarious, obscenity-streaked rants.” This led to the production removing their star for an occasional “time out” when it looked like it was about to swear.

14. Allen had to go back and re-record several of his lines because of the sounds the Santa Claus costume bells were making. He later explained that he had to use automatic dialog replacement for most of this movie because people [said], ‘What’s this all about?’ And it was I who was walking. “

15. While filming Allen was also writing his first book, so “any break I had I had a guy in my trailer, like” So can we get the job started? “” he shared on ABC News. “And I had just quit a job… that was a really stupid thing on my part.”

16. But all the hard work paid off: Allen had the # 1 movie at the box office, the # 1 TV show with “Home Improvement” and was on top of The New York Times bestseller list with “Don’t stand too close to a naked man.”

17. The original script focused more on Charlie outside of his relationship with his father (i.e. scenes without Allen), but the runtime was deemed too long for the kids, so the scenes went off. been cut. Scenes included Charlie struggling with his father’s transition to Santa Claus and facing bullying at school. Overall, over 30 minutes of footage was cut.

18. Older DVD versions of the film include a line which was subsequently deleted, with Scott making a joke about calling “1-800-SPANK-ME”, which the filmmakers did not realize was it was a real phone number for a sex line. Disney has received complaints about children calling the number and has decided to cut the film’s line in the future.

19. On its opening weekend in early November 1994, “The Santa Clause” debuted at No. 2 behind “Interview With a Vampire”, earning $ 19 million, almost the same as budgeted. total of the film. But then something strange happened: It kept on performing, eventually landing at No. 1 at the box office almost a month after its premiere. By Christmas, he had won over $ 100 million in the United States alone.

20. Given the surprise success of the first film, Disney wanted to make a sequel, but Allen wanted to wait and make sure it was a worthy sequel. At one point, 16 different contributors had been involved in “The Santa Clause 2,” which finally hit theaters in 2002, with Allen almost walking away at one point. “We gave up. We got to the point where we are all frustrated,” he told One Guy’s Opinion. “They gave the script a green light, and I said I didn’t want to do this. But we made it.”

21. Although he continued to work together on “Home Improvement,” Pasquin did not return to direct the follow-up films, and Allen credited new director Michael Lembeck for helping make the sequel possible. “The studio and I were really at odds over which direction to take if we were going to take it at all,” the star told “One Guy’s Opinion”. “We really didn’t think they were going to do this. We were so far apart. And then Michael came in … and did the thing. He came on set every day with a attitude which was awesome. “

22. David Krumholtz (aka Bernard the Elf) has revealed two surprising fans of the film: Khloe and Kim Kardashian. “They came to me and said, ‘We saw “Father Christmas ‘A Hundred Times!’” In fact, it’s a tradition for the Kardashians to watch the movie every Christmas Eve.

23. Krumholtz was unable to reprise the fan-favorite role of Bernard in the third and final film due to scheduling conflicts with his procedural CBS hit “Numbers”.

24. Kelly Preston, Jennifer Connelly and Brooke Shields were all reportedly considered for the role of Carol (aka future Mrs. Claus) for “The Santa Clause 2”, with “Lost: Star Elizabeth Mitchell is finally chosen.

25. For the third film, “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,Martin Short joined the cast as Santa’s rival Jack Frost. Allen and Short had previously worked together on “Jungle 2 Jungle” in 1997.

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