Elf stars Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, Andy Richer, Amy Sedaris, Mary Steenburgen, Matt Walsh and Kyle Glass have joined together for a Democratic fundraiser on Sunday night. These stars filled in their role and during a live “Elf” virtual script table-read. The film was released in 2003.
Reportedly, all the funds raised during the live stream event will be donated to elect Jon Ossoff and Reverand Raphael Warnock and flipping the U.S. Senate. Will, who played the role of Buddy the Elf in the movie, and Deschanel, who played Jovie, reprised their rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” during the event.
Comedian Ashely Nicole Black, who hosted the event also participated in the reading session. She also joked that she had seen the film multiple times and she wasn’t using the script. It was nothing less than a lively event which was capped off with a group version of “Jingle Bells” instead of the song “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” which was featured in the original version.
The reason for changing the song was also explained by Ed Helms. He said, “Apparently, we think that perhaps Republicans own the rights to that song because we got an unkind email when we asked for the rights to do it today. That’s what I heard anyway. Who knows?”
Thank you to everyone who joined the #ElfforGeorgia livestream! So excited we were able to reach our goal of over $400k! Loved reuniting with the cast and all our very special guests 🥰 pic.twitter.com/EDX4gRwW1m
— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) December 13, 2020
During the event, Ed helms also pointed out that he is a Georgia native and praised both Ossoff and Warnock as “incredible candidates but also incredible human beings.”
Other original cast members were Bob Newhart as Papa Elf, Edward Asner as Santa and Mary Steenburgen as Emily. Amy Sedaris, Kyle Gass and Andy Richter, were also included during the reunion. Jon Favreau, who was screenwriter and director of the film joined the cast. He played his role as a doctor during the reading session.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the goal for the event was to raise $400,000. Even though initially the even managed to gain only $325,000 by the end of it, they managed to raise $402,966.