‘The Santa Clause 2’ Actor Tim Allen Had to Stay in Character at All Times for an Endearing Reason

Tim Allen makes a plethora of family-favorite movies, including The Santa Clause 2. The actor wears a Santa Claus costume for a large portion of the Christmas movie. Allen admitted that he never broke character through the duration of the shoot for an incredibly heart-warming reason. It appears that the Santa Clause 2 actor wanted to keep the holiday spirit going, even when the camera wasn’t rolling.

Tim Allen returns in ‘The Santa Clause 2’

'The Santa Clause 2' Elizabeth Mitchell as Carol and Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, Santa sitting in Santa's sleigh
L-R: Elizabeth Mitchell as Carol and Tim Allen as Scott Calvin/Santa | Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

2002’s The Santa Clause 2 picks up 8 years after the events of The Santa Clause. Scott Calvin (Allen) is a great Santa who everyone at the North Pole loves to work with. Head Elf Bernard (David Krumholtz) explains that there’s a bit of an issue regarding the Handbook of Christmas that was previously overlooked. Santa needs a Mrs. Claus or his place as the legendary figure could come to an end.

The Santa Clause 2 opened to mixed reviews. However, it brought in $172 million at the global box office against a $65 million budget. It was the fifth highest-grossing holiday movie of its time. Additionally, The Santa Clause 2 is regularly airing on television for all families to enjoy around the holiday season.

Tim Allen stayed in character as Santa Claus for the children

BBC interviewed Allen about returning for The Santa Clause 2. The movie was important to the lead actor, so he wanted to ensure that the sequel would do the original film justice. Allen recognized that The Santa Clause 2 is a comedy, but he still wanted it to have integrity and for audiences to latch onto it. He had a great time starring in the holiday movie.

“It was fun because the children on the set – the elves – actually believed that I was Santa Claus,” Allen said. “It was a tremendous amount of responsibility on my shoulders and I didn’t want to disappoint them. I had to stay in character all the time so I couldn’t swear or get mad.”

Allen continued: “The elves would gaze at me all day long and ask me ridiculous questions about Christmas. The older ones, who were 13 or 14, would say ‘that’s not Santa, that’s an actor.’ I’d say ‘Are you sure I’m an actor? Are you sure you want to irritate Santa?'”

‘The Santa Clause 3’ concluded the series for now

2006’s The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause brings Allen back for one final sequel to close out the trilogy. The sequel introduces Martin Short in the role of Jack Frost. The majority of the Santa Clause cast return, although Krumholtz doesn’t return as the Head Elf Bernard.

The final sequel fast-forwards another 12 years, as Scott must juggle his family life with stopping Jack Frost from taking over Christmas forever. Unfortunately, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause opened to mostly negative reviews.

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