Buddy and Jovie’s friendship gets off to a strange start, as Buddy – clueless to the concept of boundaries, follows the sound of someone singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in the Gimbels staff shower room. It just so happens that it’s Jovie doing the singing, and she is terrified when she discovers that Buddy is in the room, performing his version of a duet with her. In a new interview with EW, Deschanel revealed that the singing wasn’t in the original script and that it was added by Favreau, who wanted to tailor the scene to her particular skillset:
“I remember [director] Jon Favreau telling me that they were catering it to whoever played the part. One actress they were looking at was good at skateboarding. But I had a cabaret act at the time and I was performing a lot. They knew that I was a singer, so they put that in to be my special thing that he could discover I was good at.”
Though the scene allows for a humorous moment between Buddy and Jovie, it’s strange to see a man creeping into a shower room while a woman is showering. This, Deschanel admits, is weird, but she believes that audiences accept it because it’s clear that Buddy’s intentions are both pure and innocent. As for Favreau, the filmmaker had yet to make a name for himself as a blockbuster director in 2003. His attention to detail in his characters can be seen in his desire to incorporate Deschanel’s real-world talents with her onscreen persona.
There’s no doubt that Elf has taken on its own significance since it was first released, and over the years, fans have become so attached to it that there has been plenty of talk about a sequel. Unfortunately, word recently spread that Favreau and Ferrell did not get along while making the film. If this is the case, hopefully, one day, the two will set aside their differences long enough to provide the world with another glimpse at Buddy and Jovie’s world.