David Harbor Meet: Rough Night

We chat with Rough Night star David Harbor around playing Santa, how being a family man changes Christmas, and using a Viking-esque heavy hammer.

Santa's continuously been a saint to children all over (at slightest to those on his "pleasant list"), but Savage Night turns him into a bona fide activity star. Coordinated by Tommy Wirkola, Savage Night stars David Harbor as a less-than-jolly form of Holy person Scratch. He's developed bored with what he sees as a era of critical children, but he's motivated by a youthful young lady (Leah Brady), who still accepts within the enchantment of Christmas. In any case, when she and her broken family are held prisoner by a bunch of hoodlums driven by "Mr. Penny pincher" (John Leguizamo), Santa springs into activity to spare the day, no matter how much blood he has got to spill along the way.

David Harbor is best known for his part in Netflix's hit arrangement, Stranger Things, and he made his MCU make a big appearance as Ruddy Gatekeeper in 2021's Dark Dowager, a part he'll repeat in 2024's Thunderbolts. Harbor sparkles in Rough Night, imbuing his form of Santa Claus with a deep-rooted blood desire whereas still paying veneration to the more cheerful perspectives of the character. Indeed when busting heads and tearing through awful folks, he's still right away recognizable as Santa, fair with more blood than you might keep in mind from your childhood.

Whereas advancing the discharge of Rough Night, David Harbor talked to Screen Rage around his work on the film. He talks almost plunging profound into the different mythologies that make up the Santa Claus character and offers his considerations on Santa's signature weapon, a Viking-esque heavy hammer. He too talks about his considerations on Christmas and how he gets more out of the occasion as a family man than he did when he was single.

David Harbour Talks Violent Night

Screen Rage: Hi there!

David Harbour: Hey Zak, what's up?

My spirits! Since I saw your motion picture!

David Harbour: Okay, I'll take it, man, I love it!

To begin with address: are you a Christmas fellow?

David Harbour: Oh, that's a good question. Yeah, certainly, when I was a kid. When you're a single guy? Eh. So, for about 20 years of my life, "Eh." But now I have a family, with a wife and two step kids, so it's very sweet again.

Are they getting to make you dress as Santa this year? Or do you put your foot down and say, "No!"

David Harbour: No. I really think that my kids really don't want me to be the center of attention anymore at any given time. So, anything I can do to blend into the background, they'd appreciate. Dressing like Santa? No, not going to happen.

Reasonable sufficient. One of my favorite things almost Savage Night is how straight it plays so numerous of the components, like how sincerely it speaks to the character of Santa. Let me know a small bit almost the duty of playing an symbol like Santa.

David Harbour: Responsibility... That's a very good question, actually. I take my work very seriously! I love this guy. He is an iconic character. And if you really want to go into it, one of the things I was fascinated by is, "Who the hell is this red dude in a suit who comes down the chimney and gives us presents and makes a list of nice and naughty people?" In the 20s or 30s, the Coca Cola Company created Santa Claus, basically. They created this big, white, bearded guy with little glasses and a jolly belly who said "ho ho ho," and he drank Coca Cola and delivered presents! But before that, there was a Saint called Saint Nicholas, and then there were all these different cultural things. There's Shèng dàn Lao rén, and there's Weihnachtsmann, and all these different cultures have versions of this guy pagan guy who would give presents to kids. I think one of the explorations of the movie is, "Who was this guy?" In our culture, he is this saccharine version of himself. But who is he really on the inside, and what is he missing from Christmas? I think that was part of the exploration, and as the movie goes on, maybe we'll see that this guy was an entirely different guy ten thousand years ago. Maybe Christmas, as an idea, was an entirely different idea. That was one of the really fun things to explore, underneath this fun, silly movie.

I feel like one of the ways he is able to vent his disappointments is by getting a small bit in touch with his inward savage, and a portion of that's that wonderful pound. I know you've got stunt guys and this which , but how great did you get with the pound?

David Harbour: I got pretty good with the hammer, to be honest! You know, they gave me one that wasn't full rubber, but it was a half-weight one. We were shooting in Winnipeg in the middle of nowhere, and I don't know anybody out there, so I would just sit in my apartment and spin this thing around while watching TV. I would spin this thing around, and it was really fun. I got pretty good at it, yeah!

The motion picture kicks so much ass, you kick so much ass, it's an honor and a joy to urge to conversation to you. And anything you're doing another, I'll be there, as well!

David Harbour: Aw, thanks, pal, I enjoy Screen Rant as well. You guys write some pretty hilarious articles from time to time!

About Violent Night

An tip top group of hired fighters breaks into a family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everybody prisoner interior. In any case, they aren't arranged for a astonish combatant: Santa Claus is on the grounds, and he's around to appear why this Scratch is no holy person.

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