The Real Bully

The bully in A Christmas Story was supposed to be Grover Dill not Scut Farkus. The excerpt from the script below shows that Grover Dill was supposed to be the bully and Scut Farkus, the toadie. This would have been more true to Jean Shepherd’s book In God We Trust All Others Pay Cash on which A Christmas Story is based. However, on set when A Christmas Story director, Bob Clark was presented with his Grover Dill (Yano Anaya) and Scut Farkus (Zack Ward) characters he took one look at them and made a switch.  Clark said: “Okay, you get his lines and he gets yours.”  And just that quickly the toadie was promoted to bully.

Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story available in Gift Shop