The We Bought a Zoo actor took on the St. Nick gig to help promote the charity Water.org, which provides clean drinking water to millions of people in underserved areas around the world.
In the video, “Damon Claus” sits in a mall and listens to children’s wish lists – which include zombie dolls, a Darth Vader mask and Justin Bieber – and then tries to convince them to ask for a Water.org water bottle instead. (He makes a perfect Santa, btw – as the dad of four girls, he’s used to handling kids’ requests!)
The young visitors are unimpressed, to say the least.
“Water bottles are not gifts,” one doe-eyed boy tells Santa seriously. “They’re just for drinks.”
Damon asks the young Bieber fan which she’d rather have if she were in the desert. (Guess what she picks.)
To add insult to injury, when offered the option of having a bottle autographed by Santa’s “personal friend” Matt Damon, another boy says, “Who’s Matt David?”
It’s hard to say whether these kids were coached for the video, but their reactions sure look genuine. (I’m hoping that one particularly…um…damp reaction was a fake.)
Who cares? Watch, enjoy, share – and do consider giving a holiday donation to the organization – or a charity of your choice – this year.
[Photo: Pacific Coast News]