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A New Take on a Classic – Fatman and Santa Claus

December 23, 2021
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Title: A New Take on a Classic – Fatman and Santa Claus

Description: Today Chris and I talk about the 2020 twist on the classic Santa Claus and Christmas movie – Fatman. In this movie, Mel Gibson stars and a very different version of Santa Claus. The movie still takes on the important themes and conversations of any Christmas movie. Chris and I will see if it measure up!

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So I am thank you for joining us today on behind the big screen. Now to day, we have a Christmas present for you. We are going to talk about a very different version of a Christmas movie, though. We're talking about the 2020. New Christmas, classic. I dare say Batman, this movie stars, Mel Gibson as Kris Kringle, Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Ruth Kringle and make the great character actor, Walton, Goggins as skinny man.
This movie is a serious departure from the CRA the classic Christmas story, but it makes some interesting points on the genre and the idea of Christmas and Santa Claus in general. As usual, we'll be giving you some spoilers in this episode, but this episode can be the gift that keeps on giving. Watch the movie and listen to this episode, watch the movie and listen to the episode again, it'll be your new Christmas classic.
Also join the [00:02:00] conversation with your thoughts, comments, and questions, and feedback. We'd love to hear from. Now this movie plays with genres. It's a dark comedy it's action drama. It's a Christmas movie. It is a true Christmas movie with Santa Claus, the naughty list and the nice list Mrs. Claus elves, but with a twist.
So Chris, why don't you start off by just telling us an overview of the title character Batman also referred to as Chris who's actually Santa's.
Chris: Yeah. So, yeah. Uh, Chris or Sante is, uh, played by Mel Gibson who. I believe it was, yeah, he was perfectly cast for this role, in my opinion. And he plays a, uh, a different kind of Sante. So he's not the Santa that you see in the Tim Allen movie or your typical Christmas movie, the first shot you see, he's shooting a gun at doing target practice and the middle of Alaska.
Um, you find out later.

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Steve Guerra is a historian and podcaster who hosts three different shows. He started with the History of the Papacy Podcast in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast that delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews. His newest show, Organized Crime and Punishment, takes a deep dive into the roots, evolution, and impact of organized crime across different cultures and countries.
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