Octavia Spencer almost spent Ryan Reynolds’ fake money prop from Spirited. Spirited is a modern-day retelling of A Christmas Carol, tracking the mystical journey of Clint Briggs (a stand-in for Ebenezer Scrooge) through musical comedy. Directed by Sean Anders, the film stars Reynolds, Spencer, Will Ferrell, Patrick Page, Sunita Mani, and Tracy Morgan.
Spencer reveals how she nearly made a major flub at a store last month when she almost paid with a Reynolds-themed money prop from Spirited at the cash register. As she recounted to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Spencer walked into a store checkout line one day and got her money prepared. As someone who usually carries little to no cash on her, she “felt like she had found a treasure” when she found something unexpected in there: a $100 bill. As she was about to pay, however, Spencer noticed that Ben Franklin was looking strange. As she looked more closely, it appeared that the figure of Ben Franklin was not Franklin at all, but Reynolds. Check out the full story as told by Spencer:
Spencer: I never have cash with me. And I was all excited. I’m also that customer who’s like ready, I don’t want to be fumbling for my cash or my credit card, when I’m at the register. So I like to find it. I’m like, do I have cash, do I have $5? And I found a $100 bill in my wallet. And I was so proud, because I felt like I had found a treasure. And, so, I’m glad I’m one of those people who likes to be prepared, because I’m looking at the $100 bill and I’m like, ‘Ben Franklin looks really really weird.’
Fallon: Yeah, and this is what you gave the person at the store. [Holds up fake $100 bill with Ryan Reynolds in the place of Ben Franklin]
Spencer: I realized it was a prop from Spirited. And I almost paid with it. . . it’s a prop from the set, and I saw it on the floor and thought ‘wow, that’s a great, it looks real.’ And I thought, because I never have money in my wallet, that I would remember. We shot it a year ago. This just happened Hallloween.
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Reynolds and Spencer shot Spirited together over a year ago, so it’s unsurprising that Spencer may have forgotten about the fake bill she had stashed away during that time. This story causes one to wonder: how is newly-minted Reynolds $100 used in Spirited? Save Reynolds face, the bill looks fairly realistic for prop money. Perhaps Spencer’s version of the fake bill is one of but many Reynolds-themes dollars on the set of Spirited.
Spirited’s source material, A Christmas Carol, leaves a lot of room for expansion and interpretation. A Christmas Carol has been adapted a copious amount of times for the screen, stage, and in episodes of television shows. The key elements are typically the same: a downtrodden man, a Bob Cratchit, and ghosts of the past, present and future. But within that basic structure, there is a lot that directors can do with the story. Because it deals with ghosts, A Christmas Carol can leave room for the mystical and larger-than-life. In Spirited’s case, the mystical nature takes the form of, at the very minimum, some unusual looking currency.
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Between Spencer, Ferrell, and Reynolds, Spirited has a decent amount of talent behind it. Ferrell, for example, is no stranger to the realm of Christmas films. Ferrell’s 2003 Christmas film Elf is one of the most-quoted and most-watched modern Christmas classics. Reynolds and Spencer also bring a plethora of past work to the film, including comedies. Although it is unlikely that Spirited will reach anywhere close to Elf’s level of popularity, being a musical with star power behind it, Spirited could just be on its way to becoming a delightful new Christmas adaptation.