Inspired by It's a Wonderful Life, the cast of Downton Abbey decided to give us some holiday smiles by creating a hilarious Christmas parody featuring none other than famous Hollywood charmer George Clooney! The sketch, which is a part of the "Text Santa" initiative meant to raise money for UK charities and organizations, allows fans of the show to explore a very different Downton from the one we know and love.
After a telegram arrives declaring that Lord Grantham has lost the family fortune (again), the Lord wishes he had never been born. Lo and behold, a Christmas angel arrives just in time to show the master of Downton what his neat and tidy estate would look like if he had actually never been born...
Needless to say, debauchery reigns supreme in a Grantham-less estate! Ok, maybe it's not that extreme, but Downton is definitely alot more loose without Lord Grantham to lay down the law! With Lord Hollywood, aka George Clooney, taking Lord Grantham's place as head of the estate, it seems that fun take precedence over efficiency. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Rob James-Collier, who plays Thomas Barrow on Downton, had to say this about the legendary Hollywood actor's time at Highclere castle:
[Clooney] came in for a day and was super charismatic....I've never seen so many women on the set that shouldn't have been there in my life.
It's hilarious to watch the cast poke fun at the show's tendency towards repetition, like making Tom feel welcome and having Thomas steal and lie all the time.
Let's take a look at Part 2 of the Downton comedy sketch:
Even Julian Fellowes, the writer of the popular British show, popped in for some of the Christmas fun!
Thank you to the cast of Downton Abbey for giving us some Christmas smiles to hold us over until the U.S. premiere of Downton Abbey's season 5 on January 4th!