Tim Allen reveals original 'darker' plot of the 1994 holiday film 'The Santa Clause'

In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Allen spoke about how the original script was a lot more disturbing as comapred to the final film that released.


                            Tim Allen reveals original 'darker' plot of the 1994 holiday film 'The Santa Clause'

1994's 'The Santa Clause' has remained one of the most beloved and renowned holiday films over the years; perfect for the whole family to watch. In a recent interview, actor Tim Allen who played Scott Calvin in the film revealed something rather disturbing about the original plot of the film.

In an appearance on 'The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon' Allen said that in the original script,  Allen's character was going to murder Santa Claus by shooting him because he thought he was a burglar. “The original ‘Santa Clause’ is a little darker, written by two comedians, and I actually shot and killed Santa, in the original movie. He fell off the roof because I thought he was a burglar,” he said, talking about how differently the original script played out. “He gives me the card – the whole movie starts. The kid actually starts, ‘You just killed Santa.’ And I said, ‘He shouldn’t have been on the roof when he wasn’t invited,'” he continued.

 

Tim Allen attends the 2018 Fox Network Upfront on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
Tim Allen attends the 2018 Fox Network Upfront on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

However, the final film turned out quite differently. In the classic flick, Allen’s character Scott spooks Santa while he’s on the roof and causes him to fall. After receiving the card, Scott is now given the responsibility of becoming the next Santa Clause. Joking about why he wasn't very suited for the part, the 65-year-old said, “I’m literally the last guy in the world who should be Santa Claus because I don’t like kids all that much. I’m not going to hurt them, I don’t say inappropriate stuff, just don’t like them.”

The official poster for 'The Santa Clause' starring Tim Allen (Source: IMDb)
The official poster for 'The Santa Clause' starring Tim Allen (Source: IMDb)

Further talking about how the original, more darker script got scrapped, Allen said that both he and the writers took the idea to then-Disney head Jeffrey Katzenberg, and the executive said that this version would not work out, reports Gamespot. "We can't start a Disney movie with you murdering Santa," Allen said he recalls Katzenberg telling him at the time.

During his chat with Fallon, Allen also spoke about the film affected his own daughter. "I tried to warn her, 'We're going to see this movie, but I want you to know it's a movie. Your dad plays characters. We did have permission from the real Santa to go to the North Pole and take pictures," he said. "She sees the movie, gets in my lap and she's all over it -- crying because I had to leave the boy, Charlie, to go back to the North Pole. Then I had to explain to her, 'Now I don't want you going to school and telling your classmates your dad is Santa Claus because he's an actor!'", Allen added. 

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