Although new Christmas movies come out every year, there will always be a few older classics that people can't get through the holidays without watching. Films like A Christmas Carol, Home Alone, and of course, Will Ferrell's Buddy the Elf role.\nIf you're a big fan of Elf, it's hard to picture anyone other than Ferrell rocking those yellow tights and towering above all of his elf buddies, but as it turns out, the iconic role was originally given to Canadian actor Jim Carrey.\nThe script for Elf actually came to be way back in 1993 and was written with Carrey in mind. Unfortunately, the production of the film took longer than expected (we're talking 10 years longer), so Carrey turned down the role to pursue other projects.\nLuckily for the brains behind Elf, Ferrell was happy to throw on the green costume and treat himself to plenty of sugar while on set (which actually resulted in some horrible headaches for him), giving us the film as we know it today.\nThe movie may have a happy ending, but it does also leave room for a sequel — who hasn't thought about where Papa Elf, Buddy, Jovie, and their baby ended up all these years later?!\nView this post on Instagram Family time | 19 days before Christmas #christmas #family #19days #buddytheelf #jovie #thenorthpole A post shared by Buddy The Elf (@real_buddyelf) on Dec 5, 2019 at 11:13pm PST\nApparently though, Ferrell was quick to shoot down the $29 million that he was offered to film a sequel. According to an interview with The Guardian, all he had to think about to turn it down was the "bad reviews the film would get".\nThe original film made a whopping $220 million at the box office, so even if he turned down the sequel, Ferrell still got a pretty sweet payday from the first film.\nView this post on Instagram The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear 🙌🏻 Have you watched any Holiday movies yet? Elf is HIGH on our list of faves- share your #1 must-watch holiday movie in the comments 👇🏼 A post shared by Collective Space (@palettecollective) on Dec 5, 2019 at 7:00pm PST\nAs for Carrey, he may not have gotten a chance to dress up as an elf, but he did get to wear a green holiday costume of sorts when he starred in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.\nIf you're hoping to watch either of these classic films this holiday season, you can check out Carrey's movie on Netflix, and Elf on Amazon Prime.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.