While fall is still in full swing, the Christmas season is just around the corner, meaning we can break out the movies and gingerbread and settle under our twinkle lights (unless you're one of those people who begins celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving. Tsk tsk.)
One of my all-time favorite Christmas movies is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring the fantabulous Jim Carrey. (Yes, fantabulous). So I've gathered five insane facts about the filming of this holiday classic.
Jim couldn't stand the makeup
The incredible prosthetic make-up Jim Carrey wore took about 3 hours to apply. Carrey felt so horribly confined in the latex skin that he needed help from a Navy Seal who taught him torture-resistance techniques. The things that man does for our entertainment.
Jim would scare people when he was in makeup
Most of the Whoville set was constructed on the backlot of Universal Studios behind the Bates Motel. During a break in filming Carrey scared tourists on the Universal Backlot Tour by running out of the hotel in a dress and brandishing a knife. The Backlot tour guide at Universal Studios will tell you the story when you pass by the hotel. The best part? None of the tourists recognized him!
Jim Carrey's Grinch suit is covered in yak hairs
Yep, you read that right. Carrey's iconic hairy suit was covered with real yak hairs that were dyed green and sewn on one by one. I think they nailed the "authentic look".
The actor who played the young Grinch was 18-years old
Josh Ryan Evans, known to us as grade-school Grinch, was actually a legal adult when shooting the movie; he was born with achondroplasia, which is a form of dwarfism. He died two years after the movie was released.
250 hand-knit sweaters were made for the cast by three people
Suss (pronounced just like Suess) Cousins, an L.A. based sweater designer, produced 250 hand-knit sweaters in only four months with the help of two other knitters. This included 8 identical red-striped sweaters for Mr. Carrey. I think the old ladies of Whoville have some competition.
Whether you like Christmas or not, this movie is definitely a classic that will remain timeless year after year. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a roast beast in the oven.