billy.pilgrim wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 04, 2023 11:50 pm
Did you know that Jim Carey was first choice as Buddy?
Or so I read somewhere.
I didn't know. Wiki agrees with you, somewhat.
David Berenbaum initially wrote the script in 1993, with Chris Farley and Jim Carrey being early candidates to play Buddy.
Both have done good work, as well as trash. They would have been very different Buddys from Ferrell.
Berenbaum's screenplay underwent uncredited rewrites by Scot Armstrong, Chris Henchy, and the writing team of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. Garry Shandling was offered the role of Walter Hobbs but declined.
I never liked him much, and I'll bet he really really regrets his choice. I'm glad Caan got it, instead.
Wanda Sykes was originally cast as the Gimbels manager Wanda but later dropped out.
I like her. I'll bet she really really regrets her choice.
Terry Zwigoff was offered to direct the film, but he turned it down in favor of Bad Santa (2003).
Not as lucrative as it turns out, but understandable. Maybe his Elf
would not have been as good
According to Favreau, the script was initially "much darker" and did not interest him, although he was interested in working with Ferrell's first post-SNL movie. Asked to rewrite it, a turning point came when he realized he could make Buddy's world an homage to the Rankin/Bass Christmas specials. This allowed him to conceive of a movie that could be PG rated as opposed to the original script, which he guessed would have been rated PG-13.