“A Christmas Story,” an ageless period piece based on Jean Shepherd’s 1966 novel that takes place somewhere between the late-1930’s and early-1940’s, has delighted fans of all ages for decades with its nostalgic, heartfelt take on the universal experiences of childhood, bullying, and especially the wonder of Christmas.
Since its 1983 release, the comedy drama has steadily become an all-time favorite Christmas classic.
Recently one of the stars of “A Christmas Story,” the man who once played feared coonskin cap-clad bully Scut Farkus, sat down with Page Six and revealed some juicy details about what it’s like to get those massive royalty checks from playing a key role in a film that’s played before millions every year.
Well, not exactly.
Sure, the actors still receive royalty checks from the movie, but it’s not what most might think.
“You’re going to be so disappointed,” actor Zack Ward told Page Six. “It’s basically about $1,800 every two years … and it comes in in Canadian money because we shot in Canada.”
Ward said he puts all that extra money into a “special account” set aside for the future needs of his mother.
However, the then-13-year-old child actor still gets his share of fame and recognition.
“So many people come up to me and are like, ‘You got your ass kicked by Ralphie,’ and it makes them so happy,” Ward said. “I think they’re connecting to themselves as that little kid who had a bully and when they saw Scut Farkus get beaten up, they were just like, ‘Yeah!’ They greet me with a lot of love. It’s usually very kind.”
The actor still gets “a lot of free beer and free hugs,” according to Page Six. “It’s incredible to be a part of something that is lightning in a bottle like that,” Ward said. He is currently living in L.A. and working to create a sports exchange for fans to purchase and trade shares of sports teams at a company called All Sports Market and Global Sports Financial Exchange, Inc.
Ward is also still in the film industry, having guest starred in “Swedish Dicks” as well as the latest season of “American Horror Story,” according to Page Six. The former child actor also recently updated his latest production projects in an interview with Romper:
“I’ve produced about three feature films: ‘Don’t Blink,’ ‘Restoration,’ and ‘Bethany’, and directed one, which was ‘Restoration.’ I’m writing a series right now called Fraxtur. It’s a young adult sci-fi, Mad Max-type world and we’re going into production on that in the beginning of 2018,” Ward said.
Watch Scut Farkus finally get his comeuppance in this classic clip from “A Christmas Story,” courtesy of TBS:
So, how would Ward have liked to see his “A Christmas Story” character turn out in real life?
“I like to think that he would’ve grown out of [bullying] and maybe found better things he could do,” Ward told Romper. “I think he’s become a football coach at the local high school and the geography teacher and he’s helping kids transfer their aggression into more productive avenues. That’s the dream, but who knows.”
Recently, Ward had a little fun with his old character in these TBS clips:
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