I recently watched The Grinch for the first time this holiday season and this caught my attention. As a student of history, it naturally piqued my interest. So I did some research and you won’t believe what I found out. /1 pic.twitter.com/xksowmJBa9
— Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) November 22, 2022
This is going to blow your mind.
In a brief scene in the 2000 film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch dresses Max the dog as a reindeer and explains to him his motivation as an actor. He does so while wearing a US Navy cap. This odd scene has long been described by fans as a reference to Rob Reiner’s headgear in the documentary This Is Spinal Tap or to the mannerisms of Ron Howard, who directed the Grinch films–or both.
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Trevor Williams actually looked into the tragic life of the Grinch prior to his Christmas adventures. There’s a huge clue: the name of the ship Whoville, which was a Gleaves-class destroyer that served in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
I had no idea that the Grinch was a very highly decorated war hero who decided, upon the end of his service, to move to the town for which his ship was named–a town that rejected him, despite his courage and sacrifice on their behalf.
You’ll never look at the Grinch the same after reading this thread.
-via Debby Witt