Peter Billingsley, who starred in A Christmas Story at age 12, is sharing some behind-the-scenes memories from the set of the beloved holiday movie.
Billingsley, 49, joined the That Scene With Dan Patrick podcast to discuss the movie, and shared that in one of the movie’s recognizable scenes, he was given real chewing tobacco.
For the scene in question, Billingsley, who played Ralphie, daydreams about saving his family with a BB gun and is dressed up as a sheriff.
“Well, they totally screwed up, Dan,” Billingsley said. “The scene says he’s dressed as a sheriff. So you put the costume on. And a line in the script says he’s chewing tobacco. So, sure enough, the prop man, who’s responsible for that — anything the actor touches is the prop man’s department — he comes up to me and he’s got this pouch and it says Red Man on it, and he flips it open — I swear to God, I don’t know the difference — I said, ‘What do I do with this?’ He says, ‘Here, jam it down in here.’ He says, ‘Don’t swallow, just spit.’ ”
“So, I do it, we get ready to go, and about 15 minutes in, the world starts tilting,” he tells Patrick. “I start sweating. My stomach starts hurting, and I start throwing up.”