We all know that Elf is one of the best Christmas movies ever made. It’s pure joy from start to finish and I literally have never met anyone who doesn’t love it. That’s why it was such a treat to see that stars Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell reunited (via Zoom, of course) to give a 2020 rendition of their duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from the movie.
It was part of a charity table reading. Deschanel and Ferrell were already online along with Mary Steenburgen, Amy Sedaris, and other cast members, for a live table reading of the Elf script in order to raise money for the Democratic Party of Georgia in advance of the January 2021 state run-off in the state.
When it came time for the duet scene, Ferrell jumped right in. Together, Buddy and Jovie sang just like they did in the movie and it was a special movie for everyone watching. Deschanel even acted out the shock Jovie felt when Buddy walked in on her while she was in the shower!
The duet wasn’t even supposed to be in the movie! Deschanel revealed in a November interview with Entertainment Weekly that the duet scene was only added last minute so she could show off her vocal range. “I remember [director] Jon Favreau telling me that they were catering it to whoever played the part,” she recalled. “One actress they were looking at was good at skateboarding. But I had a cabaret act at the time, and I was performing a lot. They knew that I was a singer, so they put that in to be my special thing that he could discover I was good at.”
The event raised a ton of money for charity. Following the event, Deschanel thanked her followers for tuning into the live stream and revealed that they raised more than $400,000 with the event, which is incredible. “So excited we were able to reach our goal of over $400k!” she said on Twitter. “Loved reuniting with the cast and all our very special guests.”