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Will Ferrell plays "Buddy," who been raised at the North Pole as an elf and
Jewish actor James Caan stars as his biological father, Walter, a New York City
businessman: The parent-child theme, as well as the holiday connection, drew
director Favreau when he read David Berenbaum's hilarious but poignant script.
school, the holiday reinforced his
feeling of being "the outsider."
"Everywhere there were Christmas
Time helped, as did the Jewish tra-
and Christmas trees, and I'd go
dition of naming one's child after a
and everyone was singing
deceased loved one. (Favreau, who.
carols, which were gor-
is married to a Jewish doctor, has a
he said. "I would sing,
2-year-old, Max, and a 7-month-old,
my mouth shut
But his mother's death "had affect-
ed my view of Christmas," he said. "I
began looking for a Christmas movie,
to allow me to deal with my issues."
tion with Christmas," he said of Elf
When Elfcame along, he added, "I
"The film inculcates a spirit of
did little things to hook me in."
which is priceless, espe-
When Buddy flips through his late
mother's yearbook, for example, the
camera lingers on Madeleine's pic-
ture. Favreau — who's written a
Chasidic gunfighter movie as well —
"Relatives ask, 'So, when's the
also reworked the story to make it "a
little more tender" and an homage • Chanukah film coming out,"' said
Berenbaum, who did write and direct
to New York City after Sept. 11.
an Internet Jewish parody of the
Yet he drew on the same cinematic
Budweiser Whassup ads, Shalom.'
inspirations that influenced
"And I'll say, 'Well, you know,
Berenbaum: Buddy's money-obsessed
doesn't have the same cin-
father is a kind of modern-day
as Christmas.' "
Scrooge; a lavishly decorated depart-
ment store references Miracle on
34th Street and the quaint Elf village
draws on the animated TV special
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
what is best in Judaism," he said.
To play the irascible but warm-
"It's about selflessness, charity and
hearted Santa, Favreau cast gruff TV
community coming together."
icon Edward Asner (Lou Grant), who
did not grow up celebrating
"That was what the 'Other people'
did," the 74-year-old-actor said in
Elf is currently playing in area
an interview. For Asner, who was
one of few Jews in his Kansas City
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