What Makes Bernard The Elf So Unique In The Santa Clause, According To David Krumholtz

The release of the new TV series “The Santa Clauses,” now airing on Disney+, saw David Krumholtz return to the role of Bernard, his wit fully intact. The series sees Calvin/Santa, now rounding 65, slowing down in his Christmas duties. Evidently, raising two teenage children is difficult, even for Kris Kringle. Some of Santa’s helper elves are too timid and innocent to point out that the big man is fouling up yuletide, allowing the far more direct and far less patient Bernard to step in. 

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Krumholtz admitted that he adores that aspect of Bernard. In a gentle world of Christmas images and Santa Clauses, Barnard is the practical, annoyed, business-oriented character. Bernard is a put-upon mid-manager in a vast corporate retail enterprise, which merely happens to be the workshop at the North Pole. Of Bernard, Krumholtz said: 

“Anything could go wrong at any moment, but he gets things done with an iron fist […] He’s like the Ed Asner of the North Pole. He’s a tough guy. It’s fun to play that kind of stuff. It was a new take on the whole elf thing at the time. Even Will Ferrell’s Buddy the Elf [from the 2003 film “Elf”] is a lot more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in comparison. Bernard is more of an old soul.”

Ed Asner, it should be noted, played Santa Claus in Jon Favreau’s 2003 Christmas comedy, “Elf.” Asner, of course, is very good at playing stone-faced, put-upon characters himself, so it’s fitting that Krumholtz should look to him as inspiration. 

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