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      All we want for Christmas is Mel Gibson’s Bad Santa in the Fatman trailer

      Jennifer Ouellette · / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 8 October, 2020 - 23:23 · 1 minute

    Mel Gibson plays a bitter, hard-drinking Chris Cringle in the forthcoming film Fatman .

    If you're one of those people who consider Die Hard and the first Lethal Weapon film a classic Christmas movie double feature, we've got good news for you. Mel Gibson plays a broke, embittered, hard-drinking, heavily armed Santa Claus in the forthcoming action/comedy Fatman . The official trailer dropped yesterday, and it looks like an irreverently fun, wild ride.

    Written and directed by brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms ( Small Town Crime ), the film co-stars Walton Goggins ( The Righteous Gemstones, Ant-Man and the Wasp ) and Oscar-nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste ( Secrets and Lies, Blindspot ). Per the official premise:

    To save his declining business, Chris Cringle (Gibson), also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly skilled assassin (Goggins), hired by a precocious 12-year-old after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. 'Tis the season for Fatman to get even, in the action-comedy that keeps on giving.

    "I don't know what I'm doing wrong—I've lost my influence," we see Gibson's Cringle mourn to Mrs. Cringle (Jean-Baptiste) about the decline in his business. "Maybe it's time I retired the coast. Some kids with an air rifle put two holes in the sleigh and one in me. All I have is a loathing for a world that's forgotten." So when the US military arrives to "procure" his services, he accepts, with the caveat that it will be a "one-time deal."

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