Back in 2003, festive comedy Elf hit our theater screens, introducing us to rather quirky version of Santa's little helper. Will Ferrell burst into our lives as Buddy, an adult elf who is thrown into the deep end of New York life. After finding out that he is in fact an adopted human, he scrambles to find his real father amidst the Christmas cheer— if you need reminding, here's the trailer for the movie:
Over the years, Elf has undoubtedly become a staple of festive viewing so it's strange to think that in fact, somebody else other than Ferrell was set to don Buddy's tights and green-coned hat.
Yet, it has recently been revealed that when the script was being written all the way back in 1993 by screenwriter David Berenbaum, another actor was actually in mind — Jim Carrey.
Yep, Carrey was actually the first choice for Buddy but as the movie was taking so long to get off the ground, it seems that the studio missed their chance of getting him on-board. Elf didn't come into fruition until a decade later, by which time, hot on the heels of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Carrey chose to turn down the role.
It seems that back then, role offers were raining down on the actor and he decided to occupy himself with other projects. Additionally, by 2003, Carrey had already starred in a Christmas blockbuster of his own — How the Grinch Stole Christmas:
Good job — we wouldn't have it any other way!