Who is the Best Live Action Santa Claus?

Posted December 13, 2016 by Eoin Friel in Blogs

When I speak to my friends about this they all give different answers and it’s not an easy question to answer; who is the best live action Santa Claus? Some say Tim Allan (The Santa Claus), David Huddleston (Santa Claus: The Movie) Ed Asner in the Will Ferrell Movie Elf and many others besides. I personally like the ass kicking Santa from A Christmas Horror Story but we all know how that ends so it doesn’t really count.

For me though I am going to surprise you by choosing Richard Attenborough from the Miracle on 34th Street remake from 1994. As good as the original is there is something just more magical about this version and it’s almost like Attenborough isn’t acting. This dude just IS Santa Claus in this movie.

He is kind and gentle but also mysterious; we wonder to ourselves is he really Kris Kringle or is he indeed just some nut as a rival toy store claims?

If you’ve never seen the movie it tells the tale six-year-old Susan (Mara Wilson) who has doubts about the existence of Santa Claus. Her mother told her the “secret” about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn’t expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa (Richard Attenborough) who’s convinced he’s the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all – something to believe in.

Attenborough just embodies everything Santa should be about with great lines like “I’m not just a whimsical figure who wears a charming suit and affects a jolly demeanor. You know, I’m a symbol. I’m a symbol of the human ability to be able to suppress the selfish and hateful tendencies that rule the major part of our lives. If you can’t believe, if you can’t accept anything on faith, then you’re doomed for a life dominated by doubt.”

Truer words have never been spoken (probably) and that’s why Richard Attenborough is my fvaourite Santa.

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Eoin Friel

I started The Action Elite a few years ago; it's grown from strength to strength but now seems like the right time to expand. I've always loved different movie genres like horror, sci-fi and dramas so you'll see a wide range of different movies covered here.


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