New York Comic Con 2014 Interview: Former WWE Superstar Mick Foley Talks 'I Am Santa Claus' Role & Commitment [VIDEO]
From his numerous wrestling personas to his talent as a book author, WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley doesn't just dip his toes into his numerous works, but instead immerses himself, which is exactly what he does in his upcoming documentary, I Am Santa Claus.
A la his presence on 1999s Beyond The Mat, the hardcore legend's latest flick gives viewers a deeper look into the rarely explored world of Santa Claus impersonation.
I Am Santa Claus takes the audience on a journey into the personal lives of four veteran Santa impersonators (Santa Claus, Russell Spice, Jim Stevenson and Bob Gerardi) as well as the self-proclaimed "rookie," Foley.
Through their ups and downs, the camera follows each of the five men around in their various residences across the U.S. for an entire year.
"I Am Santa Claus is a very thorough and entertaining look at the lives of full-time ambassadors for the iconic image of Santa Claus, and one rookie," Foley explained.
While Foley is no stranger to doning St. Nick's red suit, having done so in the past for WWE's storylines, the Long Island native says that wrestling fans haven't seen nothing yet till they watch this film.
"I think wrestling fans know I'm fascinated with Santa, but I don't think a lot of them understand it. he said. "I think they'll have a better understanding once they see the movie. The majority of people are going to feel a sense of duty towards the red suit."
Foley, who likes to spend his off days playing games such as "Christmas-opoly" and being the best father he can be to his four kids, seems to be taking on a lifelong commitment to his role.
"This is the 287th consecutive day that I've worn Santa Claus-themed attire. I'm attempting to go an entire year," he proudly stated.
Interestingly enough, Foley also has producer credit on the project. Initially signing onto the Tommy Avallone-directed flick as a Santa novice, it wasn't until I Am Santa completed production that he was brought on in a producer capacity.
"I was just supposed to be a subject. I didn't come on board as a producer till well after we finished shooting," he explained. "I fell in love with the project. When I look at the film, I'm very proud of my contributions."
As a wrestler for twenty years, and a current book writer of children's reads such as A Most Mizerable Christmas, the soon-to-be 50-year-old undoubtedly knows a thing or two about the creative process.
"I definitely think I had an insight on not just my own story, but that of the other Santas as well," he said.
After dishing about Morgan Spurlock's (Supersize Me) hands-on involvement in the movie, Foley spoke about how he and Avallone jumped at the opportunity to show its footage to the well-known documentarian, despite having pulled an all-nighter watching the WWE's top event, Wrestlemania XXX on April 6.
"I remember staying up all night after Wrestlemania just so I could head to the airport at five o'clock in the morning, so Tommy and I could personally screen the movie for him," he said.
All in all, Foley takes pride in putting a smile on children's faces, saying it makes him feel just as good receiving compliments for the bumps and bruises he took for two decades as a professional wrestler
"When someone looks at you and says 'You're a good Santa,' it's like one of the veterans in the dressing room saying 'kid you're a heck of a worker. It means a lot," he said.
I Am Santa Claus was made in association with Virgil Films Entertainment and the "Morgan Spurlock Presents" label. The documentary is set for release in theaters on Nov. 4.
It will also be available on iTunes, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc on Nov. 11, and Netflix on Nov. 25. The movie's official trailer can be watched below.