Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms on Creating An Action Santa Claus Film with Fatman [Exclusive Interview]

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Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms directed Fatman starring Mel Gibson

Fatman may rank up there with off-Christmas movies like Die Hard and Black Christmas.

At times, the film portrays senseless violence with a bounty hunter assassin hired to track down Santa Claus for elimination. Nothing will stop the relentless assassin from the paycheck and exacting revenge for his ruined childhood.

The dark comedy film stars Mel Gibson in the prime role as Chris, or better known as Santa Claus. Other cast members include Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Chance Hurstfield. The brothers, Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms wrote and directed the movie.

Here’s the official synopsis:

To save his declining business, Chris Cringle (Mel Gibson), also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly-skilled assassin (Walton Goggins), hired by a precocious 12-year-old after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. ‘Tis the season for Fatman to get even in the action-comedy that keeps on giving.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted over the phone for an extended discussion on the Fatman. We talked about creating a Christmas story from being raised in ag country of California to the delight of getting Mel Gibson to headline the film. Also, we talked about filming in the snowy farm location to be the perfect location for Santa’s Workshop.

Fatman is currently playing in select theaters. Also, it will be available On Demand and on Digital starting Tuesday, November 24.

The brothers, Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms wrote and directed many short and feature films. In 2013, their film Lost on Purpose won numerous festival awards, including Best Film, Best Directors, and Best Actress for Jane Kaczmarek. In 2015, Waffle Street won the Woodstock Film Festival’s Inaugural Carpe Diem Award for Best Film and then Best Narrative Film at the Hollywood Film Festival. Small Town Crime because of their indie star-studded film with a cast including John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, and Clifton Collins, Jr.

Listen to the audio interview below with directors Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Saban Films

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