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Elf Without Jingles

Ed Asner playing St. Nick again in 'The Santa Files'

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Ed Asner playing St. Nick again in 'The Santa Files'

by Sharon Knolle, Moviefone.com | Posted: 04-07-2017

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LOS ANGELES --- Santa! Buddy the Elf is gonna be so excited that Ed Asner is gonna play Santa Claus again!

The veteran actor will once again portray the Jolly Old Elf in the upcoming family film, "The Santa Files," in which a group of children go in search of the red-suited icon, reports Deadline. Principal photography begins this month in Providence, Rhode Island.

Asner most memorably played Santa (the REAL Santa, not one of those department store phonies!) in the 2003 comedy "Elf." He reprised the role for its hour-long animated sequel, "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas."

He also played Papa Noel in a 2013 TV-movie, "Christmas on the Bayou." And will you look at all the Christmas-themed credits on Ed's resume: "The Man Who Saved Christmas," "National Lampoon' Christmas Vacation 2," "Home Alone: The Holiday Heist," "Christmas is Here Again," "The Christmas Card," "A Christmas Carol," "O Christmas Tree," Snowden's Christmas," "Olive, the Other Reindeer," "The Story of Santa Claus," "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" and "The Christmas Star." (Whew!)

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Filming here in Rhode Island!

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Ed Asner could possibly be a good candidate for the Santa Claus Hall of Fame,  and Mike can deliver him the good news right on set.

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3 hours ago, Elf Without Jingles said:

Ed Asner playing St. Nick again in 'The Santa Files'

And Thanks to our news reporter WHO'S ON VACATIONS NONE THE LESS!!

But when breaking news happens did ANY OF US think he wouldn't report it to us!?!

NOT FOR A MINUTE! NEVER did I think he'd be gone too long! :sc_hands:  :thumbup:  :yahoo:

Thanks Richard! If you wouldn't have wrote this, I would have missed it for sure!

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Great news

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7 hours ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

Ed Asner could possibly be a good candidate for the Santa Claus Hall of Fame,  and Mike can deliver him the good news right on set.

He is already a member, added last year in Branson at Discover Santa

 

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Now really --- did you honestly think I wouldn't not stick around? Besides, there was just too much happening before I could so much as take a break. In fact, I got even more for ya......

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Too bad he didn't make it to Branson to accept in person, and too bad it doesn't mention that in the article. You would think being in the Santa Claus Hall of Fame would be worth a mention when you're talking about all his Santa credits.

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3 hours ago, Florida Kris Kringle said:

Too bad he didn't make it to Branson to accept in person, and too bad it doesn't mention that in the article. You would think being in the Santa Claus Hall of Fame would be worth a mention when you're talking about all his Santa credits.

Being assigned to chauffeur Mr. Asner from the airport (115 miles away) to Branson I was disappointed when he didn't show.

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 I got the call! I will be on location tomorrow and Wednesday. Ed Asner is supposed to be on the set.

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4 minutes ago, Michael Rielly said:

 I got the call! I will be on location tomorrow and Wednesday. Ed Asner is supposed to be on the set.

Whoop whoop!!

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So cool!

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7 hours ago, Michael Rielly said:

 I got the call! I will be on location tomorrow and Wednesday. Ed Asner is supposed to be on the set.

Lucky YOU!

6 hours ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

So cool!

Ditto!

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16 hours ago, Michael Rielly said:

 I got the call! I will be on location tomorrow and Wednesday. Ed Asner is supposed to be on the set.

Beautiful! I only wish there were more Clausian entertainment programming on television that could allow us to cover Santa gigs and events from everywhere! 

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I just Googled "The Santa Files" ----  and I just had a peek at the plot! Check it out:

"The story of a bunch of outcast kids, repeatedly bullied for believing in Santa. Despite ridicule from their peers, the kids diligently conduct interviews, gather on-the-spot evidence, etc. .... essentially to prove that Santa is for real."

Didn't I see this plot two years ago? Nickelodeon did a movie that told this same story --- only, that version was called "Santa Hunters."

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Here are a couple of pictures from the set yesterday.

I am close up in several of the scenes. I am sure most will be cut, but it was still fun.

Ed Asner was moving pretty slow. He had a stunt double for many of the scenes we filmed. The scenes we filmed will involve a lot of special effects.

 

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Well! All I can say is --- Wow!

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A strap beard with an attached mustache, really for a movie!

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1 minute ago, Santa TJS said:

A strap beard with an attached mustache, really for a movie!

They told us there will be a lot of CG in this movie. I am hoping that the beard will be "enhanced" somehow in post production. The stunt double looked very different than Mr. Asner.

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I, too, had a feeling that there was gonna be plenty of digital effects in post-production. After you watch(ed) all of Lucasfilm's making-of documentaries, especially Robert Guennette's SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back, you were eager to find out what they were gonna do if Industrial Light and Magic were gonna make a new Christmas movie in that way.

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Ol' Ed is looking pretty tired.  Kind of like me after a long season. :sc_sleep:

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Any update on day two of the filming?

 

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