15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Movie ‘Elf’
This movie is one of those cult classics that makes a comeback every year around Christmas. Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Zooey Deschanel, Elf is a hilarious holiday comedy about an orphaned elf who learns he is actually human, so he travels to New York City to find his biological father. The 2003 film got rave reviews from critics and earned a whopping $220 million at the box office. Since Christmas is just around the corner, here’s a look at 15 things you probably didn’t know about Elf!
15. Jim Carrey Was Originally Considered for the Role
The original script for Elf was created by David Berenbaum way back in 1993. At this time, Jim Carrey was at the forefront of the project, but it was during his pre-Ace Ventura: Pet Detective days and it subsequently took a decade to get the film in motion. By the time the wheels were rolling, Will Ferrell had stepped into the forefront of comedy after his gig on Saturday Night Live, so he was signed as the star. There are no hard feelings though because Carrey went on to star in his own two Christmas movies! He starred in the live-action How The Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Carol.
14. Old Fashioned Filming Techniques
Director Jon Favreau was the one who made the decision to give the movie an “old-fashioned” kind of feel by harnessing Christmas classics from the past. One of the ways that he did this was to film with as little CGI and special effects as possible. He used stop-motion animations and forced perspective instead to make Buddy seem much larger than the other elves. Also, the scenes that took place in the North Pole were filmed on two separate sets — a larger scale one for the elves, and another for Buddy and Santa to make them look bigger. In order to make these elements invisible to the untrained eye, they used overlay in camera and lighting to blend it all together.