NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 02: David Krumholtz poses at the opening night after party for the new Tom Stoppard play "Leopoldstadt" on Broadway at Bryant Park Grill on October 2, 2022 in New York City. (Photo By Bruce Glikas/WireImage)
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What Makes Bernard The Elf So Unique In The Santa Clause, According to David Krumholtz
The release of the new TV series "The Santa Clauses," now airing on Disney+, saw David Krumholtz return to the role of Bernard the elf with his wit fully intact. Some of Santa's helper elves are too timid to criticize Santa, allowing the far more direct and far less patient Bernard to step in, which Krumholtz loved.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Krumholtz boasted, "Anything could go wrong at any moment, but [Bernard] gets things done with an iron fist [...] He's like the Ed Asner of the North Pole. He's a tough guy. It's fun to play that kind of stuff. It was a new take on the whole elf thing at the time."
In a gentle world of Christmas images and Santa Clauses, Bernard is the practical, annoyed, business-oriented character. He’s a put-upon middle manager in a vast corporate retail enterprise, which happens to be the workshop at the North Pole — and Krumholtz adored that aspect of the character.