"Bruckheimer helped us set up this big [opening] shot; it was a great deal," Allen recalled for Macdonald. "There's four kids behind me, they're just in the background, but it's always -- I came from seven boys, two girls -- the big one and the little one pinching each other. So I go, Guys, guys, please, c'mon. And then they'd stop."
Not for long. The kids continued pinching and messing up the shot. By take 27, Allen was annoyed. "It's an opening where I do a blink at the camera," he said. "It gets right to here, two seconds from cut, and then the kid says, 'He pinched me again!' And I just went, 'FUCK!' The whole set went quiet. And you hear people saying, 'Santa just said fuck, Santa has just said fuck.' All these kids froze, and then they had a Disney guy going, He said 'fuch'; it's a Swedish word, meaning 'to take a break.'"