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  • As An Adult, The Actor Who Played Ralphie’s Brother Randy Lived In The ‘Christmas Story’ House And Gave Tours on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Making Of ‘A Christmas Story’

    (#10) As An Adult, The Actor Who Played Ralphie’s Brother Randy Lived In The ‘Christmas Story’ House And Gave Tours

    Brian Jones, a superfan of the film, purchased the real Bumpus House back in 2004. In 2010, Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie's younger brother Randy in the film, stayed in the house during the summer of 2010. During this time, he helped give tours of the house to fans and visitors.

    "I am really looking forward to meeting and interacting with the fans,” Petrella said at the time. “I hope that by being there I can make their trip to the house more memorable and special, even if that means crawling back under the kitchen sink to help them relive the movie.”

  • Billingsley Still Has The Pink Bunny Suit on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Making Of ‘A Christmas Story’

    (#12) Billingsley Still Has The Pink Bunny Suit

    Ralphie wasn't a fan of the pink bunny suit, but actor Billingsley's mom was. In 2011, the actor spoke to the Chicago Sun Times and revealed that his mother is the reason he still has the pink bunny suit:

    I was a kid so I didn't really think about keeping any of the stuff. But my mom did keep some things for me with the thought that it would be fun to have when I was an adult. So thanks to her I have the bunny suit, the [Red Ryder], a slate board, and the cowboy outfit. They're all on display in a special Christmas window at Macy's.

  • Two Unsuccessful Sequels Were Made on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Making Of ‘A Christmas Story’

    (#13) Two Unsuccessful Sequels Were Made

    A Christmas Story wasn't a mega-success right off the bat, but its late-found popularity had MGM ready to make sequels. My Summer Story (1994) was another collaboration between director Clark and writer Shepherd, but it did not feature the original cast, save for teacher Miss Shields (Tedde Moore). Kieran Culkin took on the role of Ralphie, and the movie follows the summertime antics of him and his friends. It wasn't as popular as the first installment, and even Shepherd admitted that the film was "a real turkey."

    In 1988, a direct-to-TV movie called Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss, which followed 14-year-old Ralphie as he tries to get his first summer job, came out. It was equally unsuccessful. In 2012, another straight-to-TV sequel, A Christmas Story 2, came out, but neither Clark nor Shepherd were involved.

  • Director Bob Clark And Narrator/Writer Shepherd Have Cameos In The Film on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Making Of ‘A Christmas Story’

    (#2) Director Bob Clark And Narrator/Writer Shepherd Have Cameos In The Film

    Director Bob Clark makes a brief but memorable cameo in A Christmas Story. After the Old Man has set up all the Christmas lights and is admiring his work (along with his fancy new leg lamp), his neighbor comes out to admire the view. Swede, AKA Clark, is a bit of a doofus, but a lovable one. 

    Writer/narrator Shepherd makes a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance as well. When Ralphie is impatiently making his way through the store to meet Santa, Shepherd yells at him for cutting the line.

  • Billingsley Was The First To Try Out For Ralphie, But The Director Auditioned 8,000 More Actors on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Making Of ‘A Christmas Story’

    (#8) Billingsley Was The First To Try Out For Ralphie, But The Director Auditioned 8,000 More Actors

    According to Vanity Fair, Billingsley was the first child to audition for the role of Ralphie. Prior to the film, Billingsley was already a sought-after child commercial actor. Director Clark enjoyed Bilingsley's audition, but he felt that immediately casting him was too obvious of a choice. Billingsley's mother, Gail, said that "they [auditioned actors] in California, and in a couple of other countries" before Clark finally admitted that he wanted Billingsley for the part. 

    "He walked in, and he had us from the beginning," Clark told Gail.

  • Wil Wheaton And Sean Astin Auditioned For The Role Of Ralphie on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Making Of ‘A Christmas Story’

    (#14) Wil Wheaton And Sean Astin Auditioned For The Role Of Ralphie

    With over 8,000 kids from around the world auditioning to be Ralphie, at least a few of them were bound to be other well-known actors.

    At the time, child actors Sean Astin and Wil Wheaton both auditioned for the role of Ralphie Parker with no luck

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A Christmas Story is a family comedy film directed by Bob Clark, released in 1993. The film emphatically shows the boy's perseverance and adult's absurd behavior, thereby obtaining mild humor and pungent irony. The movie based on some stories in Jean Shepherd's 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. A Christmas Story regarded as a seasonal classic movie, there are countless people who watch it at Christmas every year.

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