Jingle All The Way director Brian Levant details the process of designing Turbo Man’s costume for the film and explains why it turned out to be so difficult.
Jingle All the Way director, Brian Levant, explains why the Turbo Man costume was so difficult to design. Turbo Man is the season’s most popular toy in the film, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a father desperate to get one for his son (The phantom menace‘s Jake Lloyd). Schwarzenegger co-starred alongside Sinbad, Rita Wilson, Phil Hartman and Jim Belushi in the comedy, which was not well received when it was released in 1996, but has since garnered a holiday cult.
Levant is the director of family comedies such as Beethoven, the Flintstones, the snow dogs, are we still there?, and yes, A Christmas story 2. Schwarzenegger, of course, is the legendary action star of the ’80s and’ 90s, starring in classics such as The Terminator, T2, Predator, Total Recall, and True lies, who ventured outside the genre every now and then to do a high-concept comedy, like Twins, Junior, Kindergarten Cop, Where Jingle All the Way. The famous actor took a big hiatus from his acting career when he became governor of California from 2003 to 2011, and although he tried to return to acting, much of his momentum was lost at that time.
In a new retrospective interview with SciFiNow, Levant discusses the making of Jingle All the Way, as well as the question of creating a superhero costume that Schwarzenegger will wear in the film. In the finale, as Schwarzenegger intends to get one of the Turbo Man figures for his son, he finds himself in a Christmas parade and has to dress in a Turbo Man costume. Levant jokes about the initial idea, saying: “Can we design a superhero with a contemporary latex costume?” What a joy it will be! The problem, of course, was that the initial designs looked too much like other superhero costumes, so he brought The tick creator Ben Edlund to help, but still ended up with something that looks like another genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropic superhero. Read the quote from Levant below:
We envisioned a contemporary latex suit that was sort of a cross between a Concorde and a Cadillac 69 with rims and lights. We put it all together and created the ultimate new hero. Then we realized that he looked a lot like Iron Man …
Iron Man, of course, is the Marvel superhero played by Robert Downey Jr. for the MCU, who wears a scarlet and gold suit, which is coincidentally the same color scheme as Turbo Man. Regardless of the similarities, Levant and his team stayed true to the design of the film, which predated the 2008s. Iron Man at the age of 12. Levant has not directed a feature film since 2017, although his name is currently attached to a Police academy to restart.
Jingle All the Way This was the last time Schwarzenegger starred in a family comedy, and while it wasn’t a crowning achievement, he still found his audience over time, though the point of viewing is to relive just how it’s bad. While there are plenty of well-made holiday movies to choose from, it can be fun to watch some of the low-quality movies again just to spice up the spin. Sometimes this can lead to discovering that some of the more critical movies actually have a lot of charm, or it can reinforce that it’s best to leave them at the bottom.
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