Don’t Be a Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins: Check Out 19 Elf Secrets

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by spilling secrets about Elf for all to hear.

In 2003, Will Ferrell stole our hearts and reinvigorated our love for maple syrup and smiling when Elf debuted in theaters. Made for just $33 million, the Jon Favreau-directed feel-good comedy went on to gross over $220 million and, more importantly, has endured as a holiday classic for all these years. 

Ferrell’s turn as Buddy the Elf was his first film after leaving Saturday Night Live and found the actor interacting with animated whales and snowmen in the North Pole and hopping around New York City in yellow tights. And yet, somehow, it all worked.

But did you know that the role almost went to another actor? Or that one of Ferrell’s co-stars was concerned that his performance was “too over-the-top”? Talk about a cotton-headed ninnymuggins.