Mel Gibson as a gun-toting Santa Claus? 'Fatman' trailer asks why not

Mel Gibson as Chris Cringle in "Fatman". (Saban Films)
If we've learned a lesson lately, it's 2020-2020. So the recently released trailer for the movie "Fatman" starring two-time Oscar winner Mel Gibson as Santa Claus at gunpoint shouldn't be such a shock. And yet you really can't be ready to actually see something like that.
Released by Saban Films, the film is slated to open where cinemas are open on November 13th before being released on-demand and on digital platforms on November 17th.
The film was written and directed by Ian Nelms and Eshom Nelms, who previously directed the blatant thriller "Small Town Crime". He plays Gibson as Chris Cringle, who has gotten into tough times and is desperate about his diminished reputation in the world. He reluctantly lets the US military hire him for his "services". At the same time, a 12-year-old boy, upset about getting a lump of coal for Christmas, hires a killer (Walton Goggins of "The Righteous Gemstones" and "The Hateful Eight") to seek revenge. There are also elves involved. Oscar nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste plays Gibson's wife.
The joyfully outrageous trailer attracted a lot of shocked attention online, including a message from The Ringer's Claire McNear who stated, "I've seen this trailer 15 times and still can't believe it's real."
When the project was first announced as part of the Cannes Film Market in May 2019, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jody Hill were linked as executive producers through their production label Rough House. Their names and production company will not appear on the final film's credit block.
That first announcement also caught the attention of Green's "Pineapple Express" star Seth Rogen, who declared "Ho-ho Holocaust deniers" in a Twitter post that now has more than 204,000 likes.
The "Fatman" trailer opens with a voice over from Gibson saying, "I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I've lost my influence." We all know, Mel, we all know.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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