How did Billy Bob Thornton feel putting his Father Christmas costume back on for Bad Santa 2 (out Nov. 23), more than a decade after he first played criminally-minded Kris Kringle, Willie Soke, in the original comedy?
“It felt like home!” laughs the actor. “Yeah, it was kind of fun to get back in the old uniform. I really enjoyed it. One difference, the other one was shot in L.A. in really bad heat. This time, we were shooting in Montreal and some nights it was 30 below. That was definitely a little challenging. So, I was happy to have the Santa Claus suit this time. Before, I couldn’t wait to get it off at the end of the day because it was so hot. This time I couldn’t wait to get it on.”
Thornton’s costars in the Mark Waters-directed sequel include franchise newcomers Christina Hendricks and Kathy Bates, who plays Soke’s mother. Thornton has also been rejoined by Brett Kelly, as the now-adult Thurman, and Tony Cox, who in the original played Soke’s fellow criminal, Marcus. Although Thornton is tight-lipped about the film’s plot, he does admit that, “when you get Marcus and Willie together, there’s always going to be a crime. [Laughs] There’s always going to be something they’re plotting, yeah, definitely.”
Thornton is happy to talk about the film’s apparent abundance of filthy humor. “People ask me, ‘Is it as humorous and filthy as the first one?'” says the actor. “And I say, ‘Yes, maybe a shade more.’ But, on the opposite end of that, it’s also more emotional. It’s kind of darker and a little more emotional. So, the drama is built up a little more in this one and also the filthy humor, that goes a little further too. So, you get a little more of both.”
You can see an exclusive shot from Bad Santa 2 above and the film’s trailer below.
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