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Updated on Feb 12, 2020. Posted on Dec 24, 2019

13 Crazy Facts About Christmas Movies That Sound Fake But Are True

Ho, ho, *hold on* – Kiera Knightley was how old in Love Actually?

1. The makeup application in The Grinch was so torturous that Jim Carrey literally had to consult a torture expert from the CIA in order to get through it.

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He compared the makeup application process, which took roughly eight and a half hours, to being "buried alive." Yikes!

2. Iris's fairy-tale Surrey cottage in The Holiday was built in two weeks and then torn down after filming.

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Nancy Meyers couldn't film in the cottage she wanted, so she just built a replica. All of the interiors were shot on a sound stage. The interiors of Amanda's California mansion were also shot on a soundstage. Apparently, the set cost over $1 million to build!

3. It's A Wonderful Life bombed at the box office, and it only became popular due to a paperwork error.

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The movie did so poorly that the production company didn't bother to renew the copyright. It's A Wonderful Life fell into the public domain, which meant that any TV station could air the movie for free. Soon, it was frequently airing and the once-failed film became a Christmas classic.

4. Keira Knightley was only 18 years old when she filmed Love Actually.

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She was only five years older than Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who played Sam. How weird is that? Why would they cast someone so young?

5. Donald Trump demanded a cameo in Home Alone 2 in exchange for letting them film in his hotel.

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Look, politics aside, can't we all agree that when you run into a lost child you should, like call the police? At the very least, he should have asked the poor boy if he knew where his parents were.

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas started shooting before the script was finished.

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Because stop-motion animation takes FOREVER, they had to start production as soon as possible. In order to finish the movie on time, they couldn't wait for the script to be finalised.

7. Also, Jack Skellington's stop-motion figurine from The Nightmare Before Christmas was reused in the film James and the Giant Peach.

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What's this? In addition to the Skeleton Pirate in James and The Giant Peach, Jack has made cameos in other films like Coraline and Beetlejuice.

8. The actress who played Megan, Kevin's older sister in Home Alone, is an Olympic judo champion.

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Her name is Hillary Wolf, and she's totally badass. In addition to an impressive career as a child actor, Wolf represented the US in judo at both the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics. Turns out Kevin's sister would have been pretty good at fighting home intruders herself!

9. Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story, has a cameo as an elf in, you guessed it, Elf.

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Some crazy Christmas crossovers! Billingsley's resume has only gotten more interesting since his days as a child actor. He was a producer on Iron Man and even had a cameo in Spiderman: Far From Home.

10. Speaking of cameos, Dustin Hoffman's bit part in The Holiday was totally unplanned.

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Apparently, Dustin was just driving by the Blockbuster where The Holiday was filming and saw the film crew. He decided to stop by and see what was going on, one thing led to another, and he ended up in the movie.

11. Natalie Wood still believed in Santa Claus when she was filming The Miracle on 34th Street.

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Not only that, but (according to her biographer) Wood was convinced that her costar Edmund Gwenn actually was the real Santa. She only changed her mind after seeing Edmund at the wrap party, wearing normal clothes.

12. A Charlie Brown Christmas did major damage to the artificial Christmas tree business.

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Aluminum trees were really popular in the fifties and sixties (even though they could electrocute you). A Charlie Brown Christmas went against the trend and portrayed aluminum Christmas trees as cold and uninviting, while real evergreens (even ones too weak to hold an ornament) were portrayed in a much more positive light. The film was a global sensation, and orders for aluminum tress collapsed.

13. Die Hard was Alan Rickman's first role in a movie, and it's safe to say that it catapulted his career.

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By the time he was cast in Die Hard, Alan Rickman was already well established in the theater world. But it wasn't until the role of Hans that Rickman became a household name. Always down to earth, Rickman often joked that he was only cast in Die Hard because he was so cheap.

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