Mel Gibson talks to Fatman and his wild trip as Santa Claus in unique solid interviews
There’s a hit for Santa in the weird and wild new action comedy Fat manwhich isn’t quite like any other Christmas movie out this Christmas. Fatman starring Mel Gibson and Walton Goggins hits theaters this Friday November 13th. It will then be available on demand and digitally from November 24th. To celebrate the release, we caught up with the directors and some of the cast including Mel Gibson to find out how this crazy Christmas classic was made up.
Fatman is written and directed by brothers Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms who offer a view of Santa Claus like never before seen. Mel Gibson plays Chris Cringle just trying to get through and survive the vacation. He is joined by his wife Mrs. Claus, played by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and a barn full of elves that Santa Claus had to give to the US government in order to keep his operations going.
Chris Cringle must save his declining business in this dark, R-rated action comedy. He is forced to enter into a partnership with the US military. Making matters worse, Chris finds himself in a deadly battle against a highly skilled assassin (Walton Goggins) who was hired by a precocious 12-year-old after getting a lump of coal in his stocking. It’s the season when Fatman is evened out in the action comedy that goes on and on.
Paulington James Christensen III caught up with Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms for a rousing and energetic conversation about how this vacation came about. Also there is the star of the film Mel Gibson, which includes his co-star Chance Hurtsfield, who plays the devious kid who squirts for Santa Claus. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who plays Mrs. Claus, was also there for a few holiday delights and a few words about a possible sequel.
Speaking to Mel Gibson, he opened the Kurt Russell contest for 2020’s Worst Santa Claus of 2020, with Russell also starring in The Christmas Chronicles 2 for Netflix later that month. Chance reveals a few secrets, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste suggests that in a possible sequel she will be either the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. The directors also brought some fun antidotes from the set, discussing their cast and what it was like to suddenly realize that they were sure to make a Christmas cult classic in the years to come.
Fatman will be playing in select theaters across the country starting Friday, as well as a handful of drive-in theaters that are not yet closed due to the upcoming winter weather. Fatman is great fun. And it is clear that the cast and crew had a great time making this dark action comedy.
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