Tim Allen appears in Disney’s Santa Claus. Disney/James Clark
The premise of this series is also raised Got this question about Santa retiring because you recruit someone else to take your place. I’m curious if you’ve thought about how long you want to be on the sled, so to speak?
I keep thinking about it. Just this week, and I haven’t been to my concert, some final editing has been done. I’m building two hot rods that I love to make, but they’re on hold. I haven’t done much in the past four weeks, and I’ve done it a lot (
scratching my head ). I love what I do. I don’t know what the word “retirement” means.
I see it like Hector Elizondo, a good friend of mine who was at
Last Man Standing play on. I think he is 300 Getting old, you know, and women saying, “God, look at that guy’s body, wow!” I mean, he’s structurally, mentally, physically where I want him to be. I want to go out like this. He still likes to work. He just performed for us in my circle. I love what I do. I love doing stand-up comedy. I love making hot rods. I love designing artwork. I love the creative things I do. I don’t know what I’ll do if I retire, like play golf every day? Everyone says, “You gotta go fishing in Mexico.” Put a hook through an animal’s lips and drag it into the water? Yes, I didn’t know about that. So, I want to [retire], but I want to know, do I want to go out like a lion?
You have been a successful Disney partner for a long time. I was just thinking of you when I saw the news that Home Improvement is now back on Hulu. Everyone in Hollywood is talking about contracts and how deals have changed in the era of streaming. With the Hulu deal and Disney+’s new streaming series, how do you feel about the deal?
This is a loading issue. If I’m not happy with that, I won’t do it. It’s not my motivation. I was lucky and made some great deals early so my bill was paid. I can build stupid cars in my shop and take care of all my charities and my family unit. I’m a businessman, but I’m not sure I’m a true accountant type. If I joined any political party, I would join what my grandmother called, “Who’s going to pay?” That’s the party I was in. How are you going to pay?
I don’t know how, they say “amortized”. For movies, it’s simple, and for TV shows, it’s Nielsen. I don’t know about this streaming thing. I don’t know how they did it. The financial part of the creative side is hard to say, “You can pay us more.” I don’t know if they can pay us more. I don’t know what you are doing. They hide it. This is a new world.
I know someone is interested in [
Santa] because it’s good, and the reason it’s good , because we do our best to make something fun and exciting for our audience. This is the only reason we do this. How they pay everyone is a financial game because I don’t know anything about streaming stuff other than creatively it’s actually making a mix of multicam TV shows and movies. We take some pictures with [multiple] cameras. I’m the director and I’m watching what we’re doing. Are we going to cut to other shots so we don’t have to move the main camera? They still move the main camera. So, I know for a fact that it doesn’t cost them like a movie. Who knows what the other side of this thing is? This is the business side, this is new territory.
Interview edited for length and clarity.
Matilda Lawler, Elizabeth Allen-Dick, Austin Kane, Tim Allen and Elizabeth Mitchell Appears in a scene from Disney Santa Claus. Disney/James Clark