It's Christmas Eve, and for many of us that will mean wrapping presents, eating cookies, and watching one of the greatest Christmas characters in movie history: Buddy the Elf. Here are 6 things you may not know about Elf…
There is No Chance of a Sequel In 2006 Ferrell said he turned down a reported $29 million to star in the sequel. He said he didn't want to just do it for the money. "I remember asking myself: could I withstand the criticism when it's bad and they say, 'He did the sequel for the money?' I decided I wouldn't be able to," he said. Later, in 2013, Ferrell reaffirmed his decision to People, saying he won't make another "Elf" movie. He said it would look "slightly pathetic if I tried to squeeze back in the elf tights: Buddy the middle-aged elf.”
Jim Carrey Was Originally Considered For The Role Could you picture Jim Carrey prancing around in a giant elf costume and asking people what their favorite color is? Well, yes. But as it turns out we almost didn’t have to leave it to our imaginations. He was originally attached to the 1993 script, but eventually dropped out when the movie took 10 more years to actually get made. The original script for Elf was created way back in 1993. At this time, Jim Carrey was at the forefront of the project, but it subsequently took a decade to get the film in motion. By the time the wheels were rolling, Will Ferrell had stepped into the role. There are no hard feelings though because Carrey went on to star in his own two Christmas movies! He starred in the live-action How The Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Carol.
It Wasn't Really Buddy's Burp No, Will Ferrell wasn't belching on-screen for an impressively long time in the film. Instead, the long burp was recorded by Maurice LaMarche. Better known as the voice of Brain from "Pinky and the Brain," LaMarche's vocal contributions to the film were uncredited, but his belch will live on in cinematic history.
Will Ferrell Once Worked as a Mall Santa During his days with LA-based comedy group The Groundlings, Will Ferrell once dressed up as Santa for an outdoor shopping mall.His A Night at the Roxbury co-star Chris Kattan was his elf. This was pre-Saturday Night Live.In an interview much later Ferrell said: "I have some experience playing Santa Claus … Chris Kattan was my elf at this outdoor mall in Pasadena for five weeks, passing out candy canes. It was hilarious because little kids could care less about the elf. They just come right to Santa Claus. So by the second weekend, Kattan had dropped the whole affectation he was doing and was like (Ferrell makes a face of bitter boredom), 'Santa's over there, kid.'"
There's a Christmas Story Cameo Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in the classic Christmas movie in 1983, made a cameo as Ming the ElfHe's not credited so you may not spot him, but look out for him next time you watch it.Billingsley has worked with Favreau before, and produced several of his TV and film projects.
Elf Became a Hit Broadway Musical For just a few short weeks at the end of 2010, "Elf" was transformed into a musical that raked in $1.4 million in just one week.According to Broadway World, this broke the box-office record at Al Hirschfeld Theatre for the most money made in a musical's opening week.