Beloved Christmas Movie Classic Jingle All the Way celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Thinking back to Arnold Schwarzenegger with the holiday favorite, director Brian Levant revealed how difficult it is to get the right look for the film’s popular hero, Turbo-Man. While you would think that designing a super-costume for Schwarzenegger would be a relatively easy task, it was actually a certain Marvel hero who made it difficult:
“We designed a contemporary latex suit that was sort of a cross between a Concorde and a Cadillac 69 with rims and lights. We put it all together and created the ultimate new hero. Then we realized he looked a lot like Iron Man… ”
Although Levant assumed that the design of a new superhero costume for Jingle all the way Turbo-Man would only be a happy business, he soon realized how wrong he was. “Can we design a superhero with a contemporary latex costume?” What a joy it will be! the filmmaker joked while talking with Science fiction now. It was once the design process began that Levant saw the inherent difficulties, with each new costume resembling an already existing superhero, and often a copy of a certain genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist: Marvel’s Iron Man.
After what was undoubtedly many late nights involving Levant and The tick Creator Ben Edlund designing endless superhero costumes, a balance was struck that gave Turbo-Man his own distinct new look. A look that would haunt Arnold Schwarzenegger’s father in his hunt for the elusive toy, and much to the delight of audiences, many of whom still sit down to watch Jingle All the Way every year.
Directed by Brian Levant and written by Randy Kornfield, Jingle All the Way stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad as two rival dads, mattress salesman Howard Langston (Schwarzenegger) and postman Myron Larabee (Sinbad), who are desperate to buy a Turbo-Man figure for their respective sons during the ‘a last minute shopping spree on Christmas Eve. The story was inspired by actual Christmas toy sales for items such as Cabbage Patch Kids, the movie throwing the rugged Austrian oak into all kinds of ridiculous scenarios, including an underground Santa Claus criminal organization.
While Jingle All the Way Received generally negative reviews from critics upon its release, it has become a holiday staple for families around the world, who can’t wait to sit back and watch Arnie and Sinbad battle it out in their search for Turbo. -Man. Which, admittedly, still looks a bit like Iron Man. By the way, if you want to get your hands on your own Turbo-Man doll, you absolutely can.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is of course known to have dominated the action movie genre for decades, but the actor has undoubtedly dipped his muscular toes into more family-friendly dishes every now and then. In fact, he’ll be returning to one of those projects soon in the long-awaited sequel to Twins, Triplets, alongside Danny DeVito and Tracy Morgan, and under the direction of filmmaker Ivan Reitman. While the sequel does not yet have a release date, filming is slated to begin in mid-February 2022.
There are a few bad Christmas movie sequels, but nothing compares to A Christmas Story 2 and Jingle All the Way 2.
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