Tim Allen was just on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and revealed that the original Santa Claus script was quite dark.
His character was apparently meant to shoot and kill Santa Clause in the original script of the 1994 movie.
“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,” Tim Allen explained.
“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.’”
In the film, Allen’s character Scott Calvin startles Santa Claus while he’s on the roof, triggering his fall. After receiving the card, Calvin becomes the next in line to fill Santa’s shoes.
“I’m laughing so hard, but the head of Disney at the time, (Jeffrey) Katzenberg said, ‘Well, we can’t start a movie like that,’ and I said, ‘Why not?’ And he said, ‘We can’t start a Disney movie with you murdering Santa,’” Allen recalled.
The Home Improvement star went on to appear in the franchise’s two sequels, The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.
What are your thoughts? Let us know by commenting below.
– Written by Lauren Yeates