It’s been 28 years since Tim Allen first donned the Santa suit in The Santa Clause franchise, and while Scott Calvin may be ready for retirement, the actor is far from it.
Allen, 69, spoke to Fox News Digital about donning the suit again in the Disney+ TV series The Santa Clauses, while starring alongside his daughter Elizabeth Allen, 13.
“It was the most amazing thing in the world to see my kid over the summer and I had very little to do with it,” Allen said.
The Home Improvement graduate said the cast filmed the TV series over the summer, which was “hot and uncomfortable,” but he’s glad his daughter is playing his character’s daughter for the streaming service.
Allen said Elizabeth originally starred as a background elf in The Santa Clauses before being cast as Sandra Calvin-Claus, Scott’s daughter. He said he had no part in his daughter being cast on the show and prefers to stay away from the auditions.
“She just kept drilling it,” Allen said of Elizabeth during casting readings. “I mean, it’s literally like a golfer constantly hitting that pitching wedge on the green.”
As for the portrayal of Kris Kringle, Allen says not much has changed when it comes to playing the hilarious character 28 years later.
“You know, you can get around this suit, and I haven’t changed. It’s become this stupid thing and it’s not me,” he began. “I’m not nearly as nice as this guy. It’s just amazing how I become this guy, walk on set and people react to it and I honor it. I don’t joke around anymore when I watch my performance and I literally think I’m better than anything as Santa Claus because I think it’s easy for any actor to become that when they’re teasing or a costume attracts thing.”
Speaking about the iconic Christmas movies, Allen said he believes The Santa Clause franchise has done a good job of honoring Christmas as a Christian holiday without “announcing” it.
“We honor the Christian tradition without proclaiming it. It isn’t – it is what it is. It’s a Christian holiday. So we don’t edit it, but we don’t ignore it. I think it’s great how we’re dealing with it,” he said.
Unlike the original films, Disney+ turned Scott Calvin’s Last Hooray into a television series. Allen said it was challenging – being so used to the film format – but he could view the series as a “six hour movie”.
“To get that first episode, I get episode four and episode six in my head,” Allen said of how he viewed the series. “I see the beginning, middle and end like it’s a six-hour film. I said, ‘This thing is very, very good’, and that’s early on, and we’re going to continue down this path.”
He continued, “It’s a new format for me, and then I can take care of it creatively. It’s not a TV show. It’s not a movie. It is what we have now been forced and challenged to be a hybrid. It’s a long film or a very produced, very creative TV show.”
Allen compared the way The Santa Clauses was shot to Game of Thrones, in which every episode was “beautifully shot.”
During one of the movie-like episodes, NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning made a cameo appearance. “It’s a double bind problem,” Allen began.
“I couldn’t be a fan because I’m fucking dressed as Santa Claus. So no matter how much I grinned that I’m working with Peyton Manning to look like Santa, I could put a smile on his face. And under the fan was 70 pounds of makeup. It was an incredible challenge and it was the most amazing scene.”
In the TV series adaptation of the iconic Christmas films, Allen’s character as Santa shows he’s ready for retirement. Allen, on the other hand, cannot imagine what his life would be like without acting.
“Once I started coming to Disney and doing ‘Home Improvement’ or ‘Last Man Standing’ or going on sets, I enjoy every second of it,” he shared. “I never feel like I’m working so I don’t know how not to do it.”
Allen also said he still “loves” making people laugh. “I don’t know if my buddy [Jay] Leno always said that. He once asked me, ‘Why?’ I say, ‘I’ve had a house in Mexico for many, many, many years.’ And he says: ‘What are you doing, what are you doing?’ And I said, “Well, I don’t know,” and he said, “Retirement is just another word for die. waiting for death.’ And I’m like, ‘You know, I never thought about it like that, Jay. And I wish you hadn’t said that.’”
“I have two friends who love their retirement – they play tennis. You get up and have a leisurely breakfast with your wife. They love their retirement. I need almost all of my vacation to finally have two days of relaxation because I love what I do.”
The actor and comedian has been a household name for decades. Allen has appeared in Christmas with the Kranks, several Toy Story films, Last Man Standing, Galaxy Quest, For Richer or Poorer and many more.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/13/tim-allen-on-getting-back-into-the-santa-suit-and-why-retirement-is-not-in-his-vocabulary/ Tim Allen on going back into the Santa suit and why retirement isn’t in his vocabulary