Tim Allen in The Santa Clause.
Tim Allen in The Santa Clause.

Original Santa Clause script was messed up

The original script for Disney's The Santa Clause didn't sound much like a kids' movie.

Discussing the 1994 holiday flick on The Tonight Show, star Tim Allen revealed that his character, Scott Calvin, was supposed to shoot and kill Father Christmas.

"The original Santa Clause is a little darker, written by two comedians, and I actually shot and killed Santa, in the original movie. He fell off the roof because I thought he was a burglar," Allen, 65, explained.

"He gives me the card, the whole movie starts. The kid actually starts, 'You just killed Santa.' And I said, 'He shouldn't have been on the roof when he wasn't invited.'"

In the film, Scott Calvin startles Santa Claus while he's on the roof, triggering his fall. After receiving the card, Calvin becomes the next in line to fill Santa's shoes.

"I'm laughing so hard, but the head of Disney at the time, (Jeffrey) Katzenberg said, 'Well, we can't start a movie like that,' and I said, 'Why not?' And he said, 'We can't start a Disney movie with you murdering Santa,'" Allen recalled.

 

The movie was Tim Allen‘s first lead movie role.
The movie was Tim Allen‘s first lead movie role.

 

The Home Improvement star went on to appear in the franchise's two sequels, The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.

"I'm literally the last guy in the world who should be Santa Claus because I don't like kids all that much," Allen quipped. "I'm not going to hurt them, I don't say inappropriate stuff, just don't like them."

Allen shares daughter Katherine, 29, with ex-wife Laura Deibel. He and second wife Jane Hajduk welcomed daughter Elizabeth in March 2009.

 

Tim Allen in The Santa Clause 2.
Tim Allen in The Santa Clause 2.

 

This article originally appeared on The New York Post and was reproduced with permission.


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