Tim Allen dons Santa suit for movie sequel with his daughter, explains why retirement is not an option

Beloved actor Tim Allen has once again suited up to bring us a holiday classic and sat down to discuss some behind-the-scenes information as only he can.

Sitting down with Fox News Digital, Allen discussed picking up the Santa suit once more for Disney+ and filming “The Santa Clauses” with his 13-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.

“It was the most amazing thing in the world to see my kid in the summer, and I had very little to do with it,” he said, explaining that the winter classic was “hot and uncomfortable” to film during the summer months. He also revealed that Elizabeth was originally going to play a background role in the series, but was eventually cast as his in-show daughter.

“She just kept drilling it,” Allen bragged of his daughter’s casting readings. “I mean, literally, it’s like a golfer that constantly is hitting that pitching wedge on the green.”

He admitted that playing Santa is “amazing” because he just isn’t as nice as the jolly man he portrays on the screen.

“You know, you get around that suit, and I haven’t changed. It’s become that stupid thing, and it ain’t me. I’m nowhere near as nice as that guy,” Allen said. “It’s just amazing how I become that guy, walk on set and people react to it, and I honor it. I don’t make any jokes anymore as I watch my performance, and I literally think I’m better as Santa Claus than I am as anything else because I think for any actor to tease or put on a costume, it’s easy to become that thing.”

Known for his more conservative leanings, Allen explained that the movie touches on the Christian origins of the holiday without shoving it in your face.

“We honor the Christian tradition without heralding it. It’s not – it is what it is. It’s a Christian holiday. So, we don’t belabor it, but we don’t ignore it. I love the way we deal with it.”

Arguably the biggest challenge for filming was the massive change in format. Allen was more used to filming the “Clause” in movie form, but eventually came to view the series as a “six-hour movie.”

“To get that first episode, get the fourth episode and the sixth episode in my head. I see the beginning, middle and end as though it’s a six-hour movie. I said, ‘This thing is very, very good,’ and this is early on, and we continue down this path,” he said. “This is a new format for me, and then I can get my head around it creatively. It’s not a television show. It’s not a movie. It’s what we’ve been forced, challenged to do now is a hybrid. It’s a long movie or a very produced, very creatively elevated television program.”

Allen described the “greatest scene” involving a cameo from NFL superstar Peyton Manning, and how he wasn’t able to let out his inner fan under “70 pounds of makeup.”

“I wasn’t able to be a fan because I’m frickin’ dressed as Santa Claus. So, I could no matter how much I grinned that I’m working with Peyton Manning to look like Santa Claus, to get a smile on his face. And so the fan was underneath, you know, 70 pounds of makeup. It was unbelievably challenging, and it was the greatest scene.”

Eventually, the conversation moved to retirement and whether Allen would ever be willing to give up acting.

“Once I started doing, coming to Disney and doing ‘Home Improvement’ or ‘Last Man Standing’ or getting on sets, I love every second of it,” he expressed. “I don’t ever feel like I’m working so that I don’t know how to not do this.”

One of the best parts of his job is that he gets to make people laugh, Allen explained.

“I don’t know if my buddy [Jay] Leno ever said it this way. He asked me one time, ‘Why?’ I go – ‘I have had a house in Mexico for many, many, many years.’ And he goes, ‘What do you do there?’ And I said, ‘Well, I don’t know,’ and he says, ‘Retire is just another word for die. Waiting to die.’ And I go, ‘You know, I never thought of it that way, Jay. And I wish you hadn’t said that.'”

“I have two friends that love their retirement – they play tennis,” he continued, revealing that it’s hard for him to fully enjoy vacations away from work. “They get up and have a leisurely breakfast with the wife. They love their retirement. It takes me almost my entire vacation to finally have two days of relaxation because I love what I do.”

It looks like fans of Allen’s work will have a lot to look forward to in the future.


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