15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Movie ‘Elf’

  
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13. Will Ferrell was Once a Mall Santa

In an interview with Spliced Wire, Ferrell revealed he had some experience to draw on while making this movie, but not as an elf! When he was in the sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings with fellow Saturday Night Live pal Chris Kattan, they two worked at an outdoor mall in Pasadena for five weeks. Ferrell was Santa and Kattan was his elf! Ferrell said: “It was hilarious because little kids could care less about the elf. They just come right to Santa Claus. So by the second weekend, Kattan had dropped the whole affection he was doing and was like (Ferrell makes a face of bitter boredom), ‘Santa’s over there, kid.'”

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12. Snowball Fight Scene

Of course, there are a few times in the film when CGI had to be used like when the snowflakes drift down over the credits and in the classic snowball fight scene. The snowballs were added in during post-production, so when they filmed there wasn’t actually any snow around. This might explain why Buddy had such great aim!

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