This year’s first Christmas movie opens in theaters on November 9. Fred Claus finds an overworked Santa (Paul Giamatti) persuading his underachieving older brother Fred (Vince Vaughn) to help out at the North Pole. Will it become a holiday classic? That remains to be seen. But at a press event for the movie I recently attended in snowy Los Angeles, I learned the favorite classic Christmas movies of Vaughn, Giamatti, co-stars Kevin Spacey, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and director David Dobkin.
Paul Giamatti: There’s a great movie Albert Finney did called Scrooge, I love that one.
Vince Vaughn: I gotta say A Christmas Story, because Peter Billingsley [who played Ralphie in the 1983 comedy] is my best friend.
David Dobkin: I like the 1951 A Christmas Carol, with Alistair Sim. It’s scary and emotional, and that performance when he breaks down at the end, it’s incredible.
Chris Bridges: Bad Santa is one of my favorites, and Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation—I just love to laugh.
Kevin Spacey: It’s a Wonderful Life. The history of that movie, that it was a “failure,” I love that it when it started showing on television in the 70s it became a classic [and now] people watch it every Christmas. It’s more than a Christmas story, it’s one of the great movies ever. It makes me laugh now when movies don’t make money and people say it’s a failure. If success is only money, then 90 percent of the films that come out are failures. But the truth is that sometimes movies that don’t make money can have a life and do what I think movies should do, which is stand the test of time.Read More