Tim Allen has officially reprised his role as Santa Claus for a new installment of Disney’s The Santa Clause series, but he’s reportedly a little scarred from the experience.
Speaking to Us Weekly ahead of the release of the new min-series, which is titled The Santa Clauses, Allen actually likened the filming experience to “torture”.
But it’s not just because he gets a little sassy when he puts the Santa suit on.
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“Getting back into the Santa Claus suit was a complicated affair because I’d forgotten [what it was like],” Allen explained.
“The worst part of it is they have to make a mould of your face. I hate to give up all these secrets… It takes away all the magic,” he added. “That being said, you have to make a plaster of my face and I almost had a nervous breakdown.
He explained that make-up technicians have to put ”a heavy liquid plaster” over his face to get an image of what he will look like as Santa.
“You gotta sit there for 30 minutes as it hardens with two straws up your nose. Not a good experience,” he said.
“And the people that did it said a lot of people don’t make it through the 15 [minute mark]. It’s kind of a torture test,” he added.
Allen first took up the role of Santa Claus for the film The Santa Clause in 1994, which was a 28 years ago now.
The last film in the series came out in 2006 when Allen was 53, but he’s reportedly now a “pro” at handling the intensity of filming, which involves hours of walking around in a hot and “very heavy” suit.
“Once I got back into it, I learned how to be there, learned what I could and could not eat, would and couldn’t, could not drink and it was better. I’m a pro. I signed on to do this and I’m going to do it.”
The new miniseries consists of six episodes and sees him reunited him with his original onscreen wife, Elizabeth Mitchell, who is now 52.
Allen also revealed that while the suit is “not any better technically” than it was when he first took on the role in 1994, he’s learnt to push on.
“It gets very hot about six hours in, and there’s no place for me to go. There’s no relief for it. So I sit in chairs and now people [understand]. It’s nothing personal,” he said.
“I just have nothing to say to anybody. I’d just sit there and breathe, really, and then get to it.”
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