Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Leg Lamps, Bullies and Nostalgia

While paying tribute to A Christmas Story on Movie Addict Headquarters yesterday, guests Julie Matthews and Zack Ward talked fondly about their experiences working on this wonderful holiday classic.

Julie, who played one of the carolers and helped with recruiting extras for the movie, mentioned that A Christmas Story Museum Store is open in Cleveland, where the movie was made, and leg lamps -- resembling the one in the movie -- of various sizes can be purchased there. She also expressed admiration for the nostalgic appeal of the film, and insisted that everyone “who lives on this planet” should see it.

Zack, who portrayed Scut Farkus, the fierce red-haired bully, revealed that although he and Peter Billingsley (Ralphie in the film) were bitter enemies on screen, they became friends off set during filming. “We were just kids having fun running around in the hotel. We liked to order room service for other rooms,” he confessed.

Film critic A.J. Hakari (The Mad Movie Man) also joined in the discussion. Although a very tough critic, A.J. believes “the pitch-perfect take on nostalgic Americana in A Christmas Story earns it a place among cinema's most precious treasures.” I couldn’t agree more, A.J.

Click on the link below to hear the entire show.

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