AL.com — It’s Santa as you’ve never seen him before.
That sounds like a Hollywood cliche, but in this case, it’s true.
Mel Gibson plays Chris Cringle in “Fatman,” a dark comedy/action movie written and directed by the Nelms brothers, Eshom and Ian. In their twisted take, Gibson’s character is far from the jolly old elf of holiday lore.
This Santa is a gun-toting hellraiser who’s gruff, bitter and feeling mighty unappreciated. He decides to team up with the U.S. military — in a “one-time deal” — that gets complicated when Cringle is targeted by a hitman (played by Alabama native Walton Goggins). A spoiled rich kid (Chance Hurstfield) hires the assassin, seeking vengeance on Santa for gifting him with a lump of coal.
“Fatman” is currently set for release in theaters in mid-November. Tagline on the poster: “’Tis the season to get even.”