Trivia / Bad Santa

  • Author Existence Failure: John Ritter's mall manager disappears partway through the film.
  • In Memoriam: The film is dedicated to John Ritter. This wound up being the last movie he ever did before he collapsed and died on the set for 8 Simple Rules.
  • Sequel Gap: The sequel will be released 13 years after the original.
  • What Could Have Been: Bill Murray was the original choice for the lead, but he had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.
    • An early script of the sequel had Willie's father, who would have been named Earl, having the same role in the plot as his mother did in the filmed version - the character was rewritten as a woman without changing much else because the idea seemed funnier.