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In “Fatman,” Mel Gibson plays Santa Claus on steroids. He actually does say that he’s on steroids at one point, but I mean it as more of an attitude thing. This Santa spends the better part of his days drinking, smoking cigars and working out – chopping firewood and beating the stuffing out of punching bags.
It’s not that he doesn’t have a nice-guy side: he has a loving relationship with his wife Ruth, played by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, in probably the best-ever portrayal of Mrs. Claus, he cares deeply about the elves in his employ, and he recognizes his role as an inspiration to millions of children. But he’s not so jolly.
The world is turning naughtier and the U.S. government is threatening to cut back on his subsidies if he does