Monday’s Gotham preem of Christmas pic “The Polar Express” was an interfaith affair.
Waiters at the Rockefeller Center party served mini latkes. Chris Van Allsburg, whose original book about a boy losing faith in Santa is semi-autobiographical, said he converted to Judaism when he got married.
And Robert Zemeckis, what about those elves, who say things like “meshugganah” and “time is money” in New York accents?
“We always thought that they were from Brooklyn, in the tradition of the lollipop guild from ‘The Wizard of Oz,'” he explained.
Party also featured turkey, stuffing, cookie decorating, video games, Santa’s sleigh and a choreographed perf by ice-skating waiters.
Tom Hanks was asked when his belief in Santa began to wane.
“What are you saying? I go to bed at Christmas Eve, I wake up, the stockings are stuffed, I don’t ask any questions,” he joked (perhaps) to Daily Variety. “What’s with you, man? Don’t be a jaded show business professional.”