Kurt Russell Wants Santa Claus to Be the Final Role He Ever Plays
The Christmas Chronicles 2 could wind up being the final film we ever get from Kurt Russell.
For many generations of fans, Kurt Russell is the ultimate badass, playing a range of alpha male roles from Snake Plissken in Escape From New York to Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. Now, director Chris Columbus revealed during a chat with Yahoo Entertainment that Russell, who stars as Santa Claus in their new movie The Christmas Chronicles 2, wants the role of Saint Nick to be the last one he ever plays.
“[Kurt] said to me, ‘I want to walk into the sunset, this being the last role I play. He wants to continue doing it. Deep down into his soul, he’s committed to this role. That means eight weeks growing the beard with little additional flourishes, working with the script every night before he shoots with me. It’s an intense commitment. And he takes it very seriously.”
While fans might argue that Kurt Russell will forever be known as Snake or any other iconic role he has played, his role as Father Christmas is no less memorable. Especially since, as Columbus went on to reveal, Russell’s approach to his latest role was to prepare for it with all the intensity of a seasoned method actor.
“When a guy plays Santa Claus, most of the time it’s not taken seriously. When Kurt Russell plays Santa Claus, he writes 170 pages about the guy’s backstory and mythology. That is an actor’s commitment. H