Billy Bob Thornton Couldn’t Wait To Reprise Bad Santa
Billy Bob Thornton had no hesitation in donning his Santa Claus suit once more for Bad Santa 2.
Though it has been more than a decade since the actor starred as a department store Santa in 2003’s Bad Santa, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reprise his role for the upcoming sequel, which sees his character Willie team up once again with his angry sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox) to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.
“The first movie has become kind of iconic, you know,” Billy told Total Film magazine. “Like people watch It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street and Bad Santa – it’s like a box set. So it’s really good to do this, and it’s been 14 years and we just kind of stepped into it (and) it fit like a glove.”
The second installment sees the return of Brett Kelly as Thurman Merman and Kathy Bates as Sunny Soke. There is also the addition of Christina Hendricks as Diane, a woman who runs the charitable organization Willie seeks to rip off. And the former Mad Men actress couldn’t wait to get involved in the black comedy.
“My character is this sort of reformed do-gooder,” she explained. “She’s a recovering alcoholic who has decided to work for this charity and help the homeless and of course when she meets Billy’s character she thinks she can maybe help him out so it’s one of her good deeds gone wrong.”
Meanwhile, director Mark Waters said that he was excited to be involved in the Bad Santa sequel because the script offers an alternative to other Christmas movies which tend to veer on the sentimental side.
“The script has this aspect to it where even though it’s kind of a complete anti-Christmas movie, it’s also sneakily a Christmas movie and has all this heart to it with this relationship between Thurman and Willie,” he said.
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