In Arthur Christmas, House star Hugh Laurie is Steve, the heir apparent to Santa Claus. In Steve, Laurie crafts a character that prompts Movie Fanatic to ask: Why has this guy never played a superhero? Laurie visited with Movie Fanatic for an exclusive video interview to talk about Arthur Christmas, but also his fondest holiday memory and how his imagining of Steve versus what we see in Arthur Christmas wound up perfect for any actor’s vanity!
Arthur Christmas is from Sony Pictures Animation (The Smurfs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and Aardman Animation (Wallace and Gromit) and takes audiences inside the North Pole, where the magic happens that is getting billions of presents across the globe in one single evening. Arthur (James McAvoy) and the super-buff and techno-savvy Steve are the sons of Santa (Jim Broadbent) and grandsons of Grand Santa (Bill Nighy) and it is clear from the get-go in Arthur Christmas who is prepared for duty when dad retires. But, by the end of the film, we wonder: Who will be the next Santa Claus?