Mick Foley is a former WWE Champion and one of the most recognizable names in wrestling lore. However, he is no stranger to projects outside of the squared circle and has pursued comedy, book writing, TV shows and many other things. Mick is the star in holiday documentary, I Am Santa Claus and recently chatted with BuzzFocus to share all things from being Santa to being beaten down by The Rock.
Thanks Mick for chatting with us today. So the first question is how does I Am Santa Claus stand out against everything else you’ve accomplished on TV and movies.
Mick Foley: Oh man, any documentary is a labor of love and you set out with realistic goals to make a really good movie that you hope people will eventually find. I really enjoyed being a part of it not only on screen, but also behind the scenes helping to shape it. I was really proud of it during occasions as I saw it, especially while watching it with an audience seeing the way the movie moves people and makes people think differently of the men in the red suits.
What’s some of your personal history with Christmas, Santa and your children?
Mick: Seen in the film, I try to pass myself off as Santa on Christmas Eve and I thought it would take my son 2 minutes to see that I’m not the real deal — it literally took him two seconds. He’s a pretty sharp kid and I wasn’t as good as I thought I was. We took the kids every year to a place in Jefferson, New Hampshire called Santa’s Village and so in the Foley photo album we photos of the past 20 years of all my kids sitting with Santa at Santa’s Village. Every year we go and every year we take a photo. I remember how important those photos were to me they were always on display in my parents’ room and it’s a moment to be treasured. So I’m really honored when I have the chance to create those memories for other families.
Are there any other traditions you celebrate during Christmas?
Mick: There’s a year round Christmas room so there’s a tradition to celebrate little bit of Christmas every day and keep the spirit of Christmas alive. People are actually surprised that I don’t have an elaborate, Clark Griswald-like Christmas display outside, but in no way, shape or form is the sight of me on a ladder (starts laughing) add to the Christmas spirit.
What was your favorite Christmas moment as a child?
Mick: Oh man, honestly as a child, being taken to Santa’s Village in 1968 and 1969 had a big effect on me. Although they took me in the summer, I guess this is where this kind of love for a year round Christmas started. I remember opening up Talking Football when I was 7 years old and I thought it was the greatest gift I ever received. Even now I go into storage and I’ll see the game and it no longer works and it’s all warped — I cant bring myself to throw it out I just have to hold on to it as it has a great memory for me.
And how about your favorite Christmas memory after becoming a WWE Hall of Famer and multiple time world champion?
Mick: I’m lucky to have been part of the the 1999 documentary film Beyond the Mat and it is very dear to me, but it also contains probably the worst moment for me as a dad. I was bludgeoned by The Rock in front of my children. Conversely, I Am Santa Claus contains my best moment as a dad when we receive a surprise gift from the “real Santa” on Christmas Eve. So that’s the memory I’ll hold with me for the rest of my life and I’m really glad that it’s captured on film.
I know that there have been many screenings already, so I bet that it’s been great to watch with an audience.
Mick: Yeah it’s fun. Most people will be able to see it on DVD and on demand services; but it’s really fun to take this movie in with the audience and they tend to get the subtleties and humor and it’s great to hear people laughing out loud where you’d hope they would.
You recently had an appearance on WWE television with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in the ring. How did that come about?
Mick: I received a phone call asking if I’d be interested and at first I said I can’t, because I had press to do — we had the world premiere in Hollywood on Sunday night and I had press that I committed to. But after a couple of phone calls and Kevin Smith was kind enough to do the podcast after the premiere, I was on a red-eye and whisked in behind a veil of secrecy and put in the ring with two of today’s top stars.
One last thing, I know you’re very focused on this movie, but are there any projects or future projects you would like to share about?
Mick: This movie is a big deal to me and I appreciate every one to give it a try. The response has been really positive, the general feeling is that the movie hits people by surprise with the depth. They think it’s going to be Mick’s fun Santa project and they come out of it realizing it’s a movie with substance, too. And I’m continuing tour around with my one man shows and I love them. I believe we will be having a television special in the near future which will give people a much better idea of what I do and make their decision to attend a much easier one.
Thank you, Mick.
Mick: Thank you. Have a nice day.