Hey, fellow Elves! Even though Carrie Kei Heim was a little hesitant to respond to us at first, it was really nice of her to answer some very special questions that Richard e-mailed to her. Not one word has been omitted from her comments. As you read this, however, be aware of the following: If you see this interview, please DO NOT e-mail Carrie requesting her autograph. She and Peter are still very happy together, and are presently looking after their daughter; and, accordingly, we KringleQuesters must insist that you respect their privacy.
If there be one thing we Vendequm have learned over the years, it's that sometimes, people need to be treated with honor and dignity; and hopefully, that is what Richard has done with Carrie. Enjoy the interview!
RICHARD: I realize that it has been nearly 20 years since you and Christian Fitzpatrick were cast to portray the two kids who play pivotal roles in the adventure of Santa Claus: The Movie. So I wanna start this interview by having you recall how Jeannot Szwarc found you for the film, and what it was like traveling to London for the first time.
RICHARD: Interesting. OK, the film was shot in 77 days, between August and November of 1984. Can you share some of your impressions on the first day you set foot on the Pinewood lot?
RICHARD: There's a brief scene in the film where you and a couple of other girls are in this ballet class, arguing about whether or not Santa Claus is a fraud. Eventually, you get into this fight, and the ballet instructor (Pat Garrett, the film's choreographer, in one of several presumably unbilled cameos) has to break it up. Would you tell us how it went filming that scene?
RICHARD: During the shooting schedule, you and Christian always understood that you were working with "Santa Claus," and never "David Huddleston." Did you have problems adjusting to working with David knowing that you could only address him as Santa, and not as David? Or did that just not come up?
RICHARD: What was it like working with Jeannot Szwarc? I bet he was real nice, and he did all these amazing things with you two kids.
RICHARD: OK, this next one I'm gonna try to ask a bit gingerly: What was it like meeting the big men --- Alexander and Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler?
RICHARD: Surprisingly, you filmed only a very short scene with John Lithgow. I guess Uncle B.Z. was nicer to you off camera than on, huh?
RICHARD: Last year, I got an e-mail from someone asking to find out where Christian Fitzpatrick is now. After you guys attended the movie's premieres, did you kind of lose touch? Also, if you could talk to Christian now, what would you say to him?
RICHARD: This next question is a little tough, but I hope you understand where I'm going here. I'm sure you were as shocked as the rest of us were a little over three years ago, when Dudley Moore went public about his diagnosis that he was suffering from PSP --- progressive supranuclear palsy. What was your reaction? And when you found out that Dudley had died, how did you react in that capacity as well?
RICHARD: So now, 17 years after making Santa Claus: The Movie, how do you look back on it? And do you think you'll show it to your kids?
RICHARD: Last question: What would you say to Santa now, if you could spend at least one moment in his presence?
Click here for Carrie and Peter's journey through the Big Easy, three weeks prior to the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina; then click here to follow Carrie and Peter's adventure in Japan! In the meantime, thanks, Carrie, for letting us KringleQuesters into at least a small portion of your memories of Santa Claus: The Movie. (And good luck as well with your brand-new blog of new and original stories!)Return to Dooley's Office