14 Facts You Might Not Have Known about Elf

Last Sunday we continued our Christmas at the Movies series with “I Don’t Belong Here” based on the movie Elf. You can watch that sermon HERE if you missed it or want to see it again. Since then I’ve learned some interesting facts about the movie that I wanted to pass along in case you are interested.

1. Jim Carrey was originally casted to play the lead role of Buddy, but that fell through when the movie took over 10 years to make.

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2. They used forced perspective to make Buddy look like a giant compared to the other children.

Forced perspective was used instead of CGI to make it look like Buddywas a giant.

3. Will Ferrell had headaches and couldn’t sleep because of all the sugar he ate while filming.

Will Ferrell had a load of health problems due to all the sugar he ate while filming.

4. The cotton balls Buddy ate in the doctor’s office were made out of cotton candy.

18 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Movie "Elf"

5. Buddy’s constume was inspired by the ones the elves wear in the claymation classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Does the costume Buddy wears look familiar? That's because it's heavily inspired by the ones the elves wear in the claymation classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

6. Gimbel’s is based off of Macy’s on 34th Street in New York City.

Gimbel's is actually a digitally altered version of the Macy's on 34th Street in New York.

7. Will Ferrell actually worked as a mall Santa before he was famous. (I love the line where he yells, “SANTA!!! I know him!”)

Will Ferrell actually worked as a mall Santa before his career took off. Chris Kattan (Saturday Night Life) was his elf.

8. To help Will Ferrell’s reactions in this scene to be more realistic, Director Jon Favreau used a remote control to pop the jack-in-the-boxes at any time.

9. One of the elves is played by the actor who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story.

The actor who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story makes a cameo as an elf in the film.

10. Will Ferrell turned down $29 million to do a sequel to Elf. (So sad!)

Will Ferrell turned down $29 million to do a sequel to Elf.

11. The raccoon that attacks Buddy makes monkey sounds instead of whatever sound a raccoon makes.

The raccoon that attacks Buddy makes monkey sounds instead of whatever sound a raccoon makes.

12. The  “throne of lies” scene was shot in one take, since the set was too extensive to rebuild for another take.

 

13. There were several minor accidents near Central Park and the Lincoln Tunnel because people were so surprised to see Will Ferrell in an elf costume.

People were so shocked to see Will Ferrell in costume walking around Central Park and the Lincoln Tunnel that several traffic accidents were reported.

14. Lastly, you should know that there aren’t that many buttons in the Empire State Building’s elevators.

18 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Movie "Elf"

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