How "A Christmas Story" Kept Peter Billingsley Normal
How "A Christmas Story" Kept Peter Billingsley Normal: After 30 years, perhaps more than anyone on the planet, Billingsley has an intimate appreciation of why the film has resonated with audiences so deeply — and why it took Clark 12 years to get the film made. "Try selling that [film] today," he says. "I mean, tell me the set-piece comedy scenes? Well, let's see. He tries to make a turkey. They go pick up a Christmas tree. The dad gets a delivery. It doesn't leap off the page. But quite frankly, I think its genius is its commitment to the mundane — it was almost like early Seinfeld. You're just trying to get your kid to school. You're just trying to avoid a bully. You're just trying to stay warm and put on a suit. It's very familiar things, but you take those and make them really big moments."