The best thing about this time of year?
We might get some presents, sure. We spend time with family, yes. But there’s something better than all of that combined that makes December so exciting…
We get to rewatch Love Actually. (Or whatever your Christmas movie of choice happens to be.)
And now you can bore/impress everyone with this entirely unimportant/essential guide to all the things you wish you never knew about the movies that make Christmas.
10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Grinch make-up took three hours to apply every day and Jim Carrey felt so confined by it that he was given counselling from a Navy Seal. He was taught torture restraints to deal with the heavy makeup.
9. Jingle All The Way
The film where Arnold Schwarzenegger goes above and beyond to get an action figure for his son on Christmas was actually based on the 1980s shopping frenzy over Cabbage Patch Dolls.
8. The Holiday
Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz do a house swap. They’ve sworn off men and want to spend Christmas in a new country – alone. But they soon meet people from each other’s lives and it gets messy.
There’s a particular scene where Kate Winslet and co-star Jack Black are in a DVD store. Jack Black starts humming the tune from Mrs Robinson – the theme from The Graduate – when the camera shows Dustin Hoffman, star of The Graduate, browsing movies. He looks over and shakes his head at the pair humming.
This cameo was completely unplanned. The actor told Jay Leno that he was driving around when he noticed the cameras in Blockbuster so he went to have a look. He noticed the director, who was a friend of his, and they set up the scene.
7. It’s a Wonderful Life
This classic film actually bombed when it was first released in 1946. Now, everyone pretends they love it.
6. Home Alone
The Macaulay Culkin film that spawned a thousand sequels holds the Guiness World Record for highest grossing comedy film of all time – it made $533,000,000 at the box office.
It’s also been revealed that Joe Pesci, who played the robber, deliberately avoided Macaulay Culkin on set to provoke real feelings of hate and fear in him.
“Buddy the elf, what’s your favourite colour?”
Widely dubbed (by us, at least) the best Christmas movie OF ALL TIME, the Will Ferrell classic is about a human who grows up at the North Pole and thinks he’s an elf. He ventures to New York City to find his real dad as an adult.