It has just emerged that the role of Santa Claus in Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles 2 could very well be the last role Kurt Russell will ever take on.
The original The Christmas Chronicles hit our screens for that year’s festive season and brought with it a whole new take on the Christmas icon.
However, their plan soon backfires.
And, as Christmas morning approaches, it is up to the children and Santa to save Christmas by correctly delivering all presents.
Though The Christmas Chronicles received mixed reviews from critics…
The movie – and Russell’s “sexy” take on Santa Claus, in particular – was an instant hit with fans at home.
So, of course, people were delighted to see the rebirth of Russell’s Santa Claus in this year’s sequel, The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two.
Released on Netflix on November 25th, the follow-up movie tells the story of the now-cynical teenager, Kate as she is unexpectedly reunited with Santa Claus when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to permanently cancel Christmas.
And, like the last movie, it has been a roaring success with audiences far and wide.
In a recent interview, Chris Columbus, the filmmaker responsible for The Christmas Chronicles franchise and a whole host of other blockbusters, such as the Home Alone and Harry Potter movies, had some grave news for Kurt Russell fans.
Over the course of his illustrious, nearly sixty-year-long acting career, Russell has played Snake Plissken in Escape From New York, MacReady in The Thing, Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Herb Brooks in Miracle, and the all-powerful Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Columbus began by detailing Russell’s commitment to the role:
“When a guy plays Santa Claus, most of the time it’s not taken seriously,” the filmmaker told Yahoo Entertainment. “When Kurt Russell plays Santa Claus, he writes 170 pages about the guy’s backstory and mythology. That is an actor’s commitment.”
“When you see that kind of passion in an actor, to play a role that some people don’t take seriously, you realize I want to go there.”
“He said to me, ‘I want to walk into the sunset, this being the last role I play.’ He wants to continue doing it. Deep down into his soul, he’s committed to this role. That means 8 weeks growing the beard with little additional flourishes, working with the script every night before he shoots with me.”
The actor is yet to confirm Columbus’ claims.
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