Catching Up With The Kids Of A Christmas Story
At an autograph show, I recently met Scott Schwartz, who played the kid whose tongue got stuck to the pole in 1983's A Christmas Story and who now owns a memorabilia store.
I asked him if filming that scene was at all tedious, and he replied, "No, but it was cold. The film was underdeveloped, so we had to shoot it again a second day."
And this was way before Dumb and Dumber, right? "They ripped us off!" said Scott, correctly.
I also asked him how it feels to be in one of the top Christmas movies of all time. "It comes in at #1 a lot," he said. "Sometimes they say It's a Wonderful Life, but that's not really a Christmas movie--only at the end." Point taken. Sorry, Jimmy.
The next week, I happened to meet A Christmas Story's main star, Peter Billingsley--these things always happen in twos--who is a producer of the Broadway musical version, and who works a lot in various media.
Billingsley told me that director Bob Clark was a familial type who helped guide him on screen and in life.
Wait, the guy who did Porky's?
"My first day on the set," related Billingsley, "he showed me Porky's 2 and I thought, 'What have I gotten myself into?' "
But it worked out...