Tim Allen's Crazy "The Santa Clause" Movie Admission
And here we were thinking The Santa Clause was a heartwarming-(ish) Christmas movie suitable for people of all ages.
Turns out it could have been very different.
Tim Allen confessed on The Tonight Show this week that in the original script his character SHOT AND KILLED Santa in the opening scenes.
"The original Santa Clause is a little darker, written by two comedians. I actually shot and killed Santa, in the original movie," the actor said.
"And he fell off the roof, because I thought he was a burglar. He gives me the card and the whole movie starts.
"And the kid goes, 'You just killed Santa.' And I said, 'He shouldn't have been on the roof when he wasn't invited.'"
Of course in the Disney version that officially aired, Allen's character Scott Calvin frightened Santa who was on the roof at the time, and he slipped and fell leaving behind his note and red Santa suit.
"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.' I said, 'Why not?' He said, 'Well, we can't start a Disney movie with you murdering Santa Claus,'" Allen said.
"I said, 'I'm a comedian. Why not? That's funny. You killed all the parents in your other movies anyway.' Don't they? They do that. I'm a comedian!"
Allen also admitted that he probably wasn't the best person for the role in the first place, and his reasoning why has us rethinking his entire role as Tim The Toolman Taylor in Home Improvement.
"[I'm[ literally the last guy in the world [who should play the part]," he joked.
"I don't like kids that much. I'm not going to hurt 'em.
"I don't say inappropriate stuff. I just don't like them."
Well, there you go...