The 58-year-old The Office alum plays the iconic role in The Greatest Gift, an ad for Xfinity TV and broadband out on Thursday (November 26).
A two-minute version of the short film aired on NBC’s broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, followed by a three-and-a-half-minute version going online right after.
“After the year we’ve had, the usual gifts just aren’t going to cut it,” Santa informs a group of elves via a videoconference.
With time running out before Christmas Eve, the elves brainstorm a solution before deciding to give the spirit of the holidays itself, expressed through things like family snowball fights and the smell of grandma’s cooking instead of physical gifts.
The spot is soundtracked by Supertramp’s 1974 song “Dreamer,” reinterpreted by the band’s lead singer, Roger Hodgson.
“The holidays are really about moments of togetherness with the people you love, and serve as a reminder for what’s most important, especially given the hardships of this past year. I hope that this sweet little story will bring a bit of cheer,” Steve said of the ad.
Originally published at http://www.justjared.com/2020/11/26/steve-carell-is-santa-claus-in-xfinity-short-film-watch-video/ on .