Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel had us feeling all festive and nostalgic as they recreated that famous shower scene from Christmas movie Elf.
The two stars, who featured in the film released in 2003, were joined by some of the cast and a whole host of stars as they hosted a charity fundraiser in order to raise money for the Democratic Party of Georgia and its campaign for January’s election.
Will, who played Buddy the Elf in the movie, and Zooey, who starred as Elf’s love interest Jovie, treated those joining the virtual event to a reenactment of the shower scene, where the two characters sing Baby It’s Cold Outside.
Y’know the one, Jovie is casually belting out a festive tune while taking a quick shower before work – only for Buddy to sneak in after hearing her singing and leave her shooing him out of the bathroom, when he starts to join in.
Zooey shared a clip of herself and Will singing together to her Instagram and it’s bound to get you setting up Elf on your TV, hitting play and falling back in love with the hilarious Christmas watch.
She revealed that the reunion successfully raised a huge $400,000 (£300k), as she captioned her post: ‘Thank you to everyone who joined the #ElfforGeorgia livestream! So excited we were able to reach our goal of over $400k! Loved reuniting with the cast and all our very special guests.
Fans will have recognised Ed Asner (Santa Claus), Bob Newhart (Papa Elf), Andy Richter (Morris, Walter Hobbs’ co-worker), Amy Sedaris (Deb, Walter Hobbs’ secretary) and Mary Steenburgen (Emily Hobbs) from the movie, as they all stopped by for the reunion.
Other stars popping in included The Hangover star Ed Helms, The Crown’s John Lithgow and Wanda Sykes.
Sadly, fans were forced to miss out on the stars re-creating Elf’s sweet ending, where Jovie is seen taking Buddy’s advice – ‘the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear’ – and plucking up the courage to sing in front of a huge crowd in front of Central Park.
She starts off a hearty rendition of Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – with even Buddy’s dad Walter giving in and joining in too – that fuels Santa’s sleigh with the power it needs to escape the Central Park rangers and make its rounds on Christmas Eve.
It was revealed during the Elf reunion that the organisers were unable to secure the rights to the much-loved Christmas hit, so instead they chose to end with a rendition of Jingle Bells instead – of course, kicked off by Zooey.
Earlier this month it was revealed that Elf almost wasn’t made, as it originally came up against a legal drama.
It was revealed in Netflix series, The Holiday Movies That Made Us, that Elf director Jon Favreau wanted the film to look like a Rankin/Bass production, but he got a little too carried away when taking inspiration from 1964 classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Production designer Rusty Smith explained: ‘We got in trouble with clearance. They got nervous that we had stolen too much from Rankin/Bass. And all of a sudden we had lawyers in our midst, lawyers with you on the set, lawyers with you in the art department.’
There were fears that the film might not have been ‘releasable’, but luckily it all managed to go ahead thanks to some ‘fast legal work’ and now ‘SANTA, I KNOW HIM,’ will forever be ingrained in our memories.
Credit: Original article published here.