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Bob Newhart Reflects on His Classic Role in 'Elf'!

Bob Newhart always knew his film Elf was going to be a hit!

The 91-year-old actor recently reflected on the success of the iconic Christmas movie, which stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human raised by Santa’s elves who sets out to find his biological father in New York City. Bob plays Buddy’s adoptive father Papa Elf.

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Bob told The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s been phenomenal. When they sent me the script [for Elf], I said to my wife, “Honey, this is going to be a perennial. This is going to be like Miracle on 34th Street.” And that is exactly what happened. That is a wonderful thing, to be part of kids’ enjoyment of the Christmas season.”

Another star of Elf just revealed why the hit movie was never followed up with a sequel – see the surprising reason here!

There Was An 'Elf' Joke in Netflix's 'Eurovision' That No One Picked Up On According to Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell is opening up about the one joke in Eurovision that nobody picked up on.

During his interview with Variety, the 53-year-old actor dished about how in the Netflix movie, everybody believes that elves exist, which was actually designed to be a nod to Elf.

“You know what’s funny? Nobody got the subtext to that,” Will shared. “We were trying to put in this bit about how Lars has issues with elves and elves are stupid and thought, ‘That’s going to get such a funny laugh because of Buddy the Elf’.”

However, it “just went over everyone’s head.”

Will added that it was “supposed to be such an obvious joke that we should have my character just hate all things elf-related, and I starred in Elf. And that just kind of flew by.”

Elf has become a cultural holiday classic movie since its release in 2003, and it also starred Zooey Deschanel, James Caan and Mary Steenbergen.

One of the stars also opened up about why there was never a sequel to the movie. Find out here…

Man Dresses as Buddy from 'Elf' to Meet His Father for First Time

If you love the movie Elf, you’re going to love this story!

A man named Doug Henning, who is in his 40s, grew up with a set of adopted parents and he just discovered his biological father thanks to Ancestry.com. His father, Raul, actually didn’t know he existed until Doug reached out.

Henning planned his first in-person meetup with his dad for Thanksgiving weekend and he came up with the idea to dress up as Buddy after watching the Will Ferrell movie Elf with his family just days before the visit.

In Elf, Buddy meets his biological father, who doesn’t know about him, and breaks into song. Doug decided to do the same thing when his father Raul walked up to him at the airport. Watch below!

“When he came out of the airport, he probably thought I was a lunatic,” Henning told Boston.com. “It was a really good way to break the ice.”

Henning‘s father had never seen the movie, so he likely had no clue what was going on. “We ultimately sat down as a family and watched the movie,” he said.

You can watch the scene from the movie below!

One of the stars of Elf recently revealed why a sequel never happened.

This Is Why An 'Elf' Sequel Never Happened, According to James Caan

Elf has made its way into classic Christmas territory since it was released in 2003.

Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenbergen, Ed Asner and Bob Newhart, the film centered on Buddy, who was raised by elves and is shocked to find out he’s actually a human who stowed away in Santa’s sack.

He goes in search of his real father in New York City, in hopes to start a relationship with him and make him believe in the magic of Christmas again.

While Will and Jon have both touched on a sequel in the past, James, who played Walter Hobbs, is saying that a sequel never happened because the two didn’t get along.

James appeared on Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan’s Bull & Fox show (via The Wrap), where he said that there were plays to “do (a sequel) and I thought, ‘Oh my god, I finally got a franchise movie, I could make some money, let my kids do what the hell they want to do.’”

However, it didn’t come to fruition.

“The director and Will didn’t get along very well…So, Will wanted to do it, he didn’t want the director, and he had it in his contract, it was one of those things.”

Elf earned $220.4 million in world wide box office, on a 33 million budget, making it a massive success.

Did you know that Zooey wasn’t originally supposed to play Jovie, Buddy’s love interest? See what she said here…

Zooey Deschanel Wasn't the First Choice for 'Elf' Role

Zooey Deschanel almost didn’t play Jovie in the fan-favorite movie Elf, also starring Will Ferrell.

“I went in as a backup,” Zooey told Variety back in November about her role in the film. “The person they cast couldn’t do it. A lot of the parts I got early in my career, I was filling in for someone else who had dropped out last minute.”

In addition, she said of her blonde hair in the film, “What is funny is I had dyed my hair for a screen test for a movie that never happened. I had a meeting for ‘Elf’ while I was blonde, and I asked them if I could dye my hair back brown. They said ‘No, we want you to look the way you did in your audition.’”