24 Crazy Facts From Christmas Movies You Didn't Know

'Tis the season for trivia.

Like it or not, we're well into the Christmas season now and that means it's time to get fat and watch a bunch of movies that aren't necessarily great but they make us feel warm and fuzzy inside.

We've compiled a list of 24 fascinating facts (can we make the word fact-scinating a thing?) from eight all-time great holiday classics that we'll bet a lump of coal you've never heard before.

1. The security guard in Elf has a famous brother

New Line Cimea via Sarcasm Society

That guy on the right? That's Patrick Ferrell. Never heard of him? Maybe you've heard of his famous brother Will Ferrell.

2. The gross reason the spaghetti scene in Elf took two takes

How would you feel if you ate a plate of spaghetti covered in candy? Probably pretty gross, right? Maybe even so gross that you'd throw up? That's reportedly exactly what happened the first time Will Ferrell filmed this scene, forcing what was probably a very awkward reshoot.

3. The Love Actually scene an actor enjoyed so much he refunded his paycheck

Universal Pictures via The Rock

Kris Marshall, the self-titled "Sex God" of Love Actually, reportedly, enjoyed the scene where he was stripped naked by Ivana Miličević, January Jones, Elisha Cuthbert, and Shannon Elizabeth so much, that he returned his paycheck for that day's worth of filming.

4. Filming the water scene in Love Actually left Colin Firth in need of medical attention

But it wasn't from illness or an eel attack. The problem was the sheer amount of mosquitoes on the lake. Colin Firth was bitten so badly that his elbow swelled up to the point of needing medical attention.

5. Olivia Olson's singing in Love Actually was literally too good

Universal Pictures via The Sun

Olivia Olson's performance, singing "All I Want for Christmas Is You" was so good that director Richard Curtis felt the need to edit it to make it sound more like it was a child singing and less like a polished, adult performer.

6. How The Muppets inspired a scene in Love Actually

Universal Pictures via E! Online

The wedding scene in Love Actually, where the couple is surprised by a live band playing them out of the church, was actually inspired by the real-life wedding of Muppets creator Jim Henson. Reportedly, director Richard Curtis was present at the wedding where various puppeteers showed up with Muppets and pulled a similar stunt to wish their best to Henson and his bride.

7. Tony Blair once referenced Love Actually in a speech

Universal Pictures via Digital Spy

Sensing a public desire to see him take a more firm stand in international politics, then-Prime Minster Tony Blair said "I know there's a bit of us that would like me to do a Hugh Grant in Love Actually and tell America where to get off. But the difference between a good film and real life is that in real life there's the next day, the next year, the next lifetime to contemplate the ruinous consequences of easy applause."

8. The dolls in Love Actually aren't Barbies, they're Ken dolls in drag

Universal Pictures via Major Ten

It's not clear why but Richard Curtis told the prop department that the dolls for this scene should be Ken dolls in drag. Reportedly, the hidden joke made it hard for Emma Thompson to get through her delivery.

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