Why Tim Allen’s ‘The Santa Clause’ Co-Star Didn’t Appear in the Third Movie

by Kati Michelle
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Christmas might have come and gone in the blink of an eye, but the holidays are here to stay for another week or so. That means we have little time to settle this debate. Who is the superior Santa? The answers will have a wide range depending on who you ask. Maybe Kurt Russell comes to mind. His movies have been blowing up lately so that would only be natural. Outsiders also recognize one other name, however. Mr. Tim Allen.

Tim Allen starred in “The Santa Clause” which later turned into an entire franchise. Unfortunately, though, the latter installments lacked some notable faces. Here’s why the actor behind Bernard the Elf chose not to appear in the third movie.

David Krumholtz Addresses the ‘Elf-ephant’ in the Room

Scheduling issues are often the main reason for an actor’s absence in an ongoing series or movie franchise. It’s something that did play a role in the decision that David Krumholtz had to make, but it’s not why he ultimately declined the project. He tells Vulture:

“Bernard was in the third movie. They sent me the script, I had a pretty significant role. We did work out the schedule, which was going to be hellish on me, but I was going to make it work,” he begins.

“I would say that the character got devalued a little bit and I couldn’t in good conscience do it. The third one, I’ve tried to watch. It’s not the same. I think the first two are really special. The first one’s a classic, obviously. It’s wild to be part of something that’s lasted this long, that plays every single year, and has become a tradition in people’s homes. I could never have imagined that I’d be having this conversation years later.”

David Krumholtz Gushes About Tim Allen

Despite his decision to abandon the franchise, Krumholtz only had good things to say about its lead:

“[Tim Allen] was under a tremendous amount of stress. He had just finished a full season of a show. Now he’s flying to Canada to shoot this thing, where he’s in hellish prosthetics for a good portion of the film, and, you know, working very, very hard. I just admired his work ethic. But, he wasn’t above being grumpy Santa sometimes. Because it was hard. I felt bad for him. It wasn’t just the prosthetics, it was the fat suit. He was just hot the whole time. It was the summer of that year that we shot. He was constantly overheating. So, I’d be grumpy too. I did a thing with prosthetics and it drove me out of my mind. And on the second movie, he was lovely. We had a good time. It was a lot of fun.”