Since 1983, A Christmas Story has been required viewing during the holidays, so you'd think we would know everything there is to know about it by now. But the internet just got its mind blown when it learned that Ralphie also made an appearance in another holiday classic, Elf
You can't exactly blame us for not recognizing him sooner. After 20 years, Peter Billingsley, the actor who played Ralphie, looked a whole lot different. But sure enough, it's him playing an elf named Ming Ming across from Will Ferrell in 2003's Elf.
Once you know it's Ralphie, it's impossible to miss. It just took most of us 15 years to pick up on it.
Today, at approximately 11:19 AM, my life changed forever when I found out this dude from Elf was also Ralphie from… https://t.co/p36qcaZB6W— Pepperjack (@Pepperjack)1543512086.0
User @_jack_Schaller was among the first to post the bombshell on Twitter, but he definitely wasn't alone.
So I've always prided myself on being able to recognize actors/actresses from older movies...I was just made aware… https://t.co/XPBO61KppC— Mark's Yesterworld (@Mark's Yesterworld)1543901397.0
Once word got out, the site was overrun with people who were realizing it for the first time.
I Was Today Years Old When I Realized 'Ralphie' Was That Actor In 'Elf' https://t.co/iig0js21va— Jarrod (@Jarrod)1543963139.0
Mind blown! As much as I have seen both of these movies, I just found out that Peter Billingsley played Ralphie in… https://t.co/4nbZTtEHtL— Jamie Higdon (@Jamie Higdon)1543961614.0
@Yester_World You are not the only one one who didn't know that— kat (@kat)1543964273.0
People are freaking out and just learning peter billingsley was in #elf. Peter was most famous as ralphie parker fr… https://t.co/DPcddM24Ip— Mike Williams (@Mike Williams)1543871147.0
Twitter's collective mind was blown by the connection between the two Christmas classics.
@Yester_World https://t.co/rTE1Tjmi1w— Sam Carter (@Sam Carter)1543902314.0
@_jack_Schaller @patrickklepek That is crazy. How did I miss this?— Anthony Pepera ✏️🖱 (@Anthony Pepera ✏️🖱)1543781160.0
@Yester_World https://t.co/MmdAzHr98M— Sara Alexandra 👑 (@Sara Alexandra 👑)1543901459.0
@_jack_Schaller @BurrowNicolas This is breaking news!— Olivia_Knoedler (@Olivia_Knoedler)1543718592.0
@Yester_World https://t.co/eFkzC0HrDF— Rob (@Rob)1543922349.0
@_jack_Schaller https://t.co/Kyik8SYmYC— Charles Clausen (@Charles Clausen)1543785650.0
As it turns out, Billingsley has kept pretty busy since his days as Ralphie, both in front of the camera and behind it. Along with a handful of other on-screen appearances, Billingsley has worked extensively as a writer and producer, often collaborating with Iron Man director Jon Favreau.
@_jack_Schaller He was also in Four Christmases https://t.co/ITrjBwvWLy— Pappy VanWinkle (@Pappy VanWinkle)1543852417.0
@_jack_Schaller He also was an executive producer of Iron Man and starred in it. Not to mention he's been in the di… https://t.co/if63QSNyxU— Katie in Minnesota (@Katie in Minnesota)1543781349.0
Also want to make it clear that I mean no disrespect to Peter Billingsley, who is more than just “this dude” and wh… https://t.co/cRvL6PE0b8— Pepperjack (@Pepperjack)1543782178.0
@_jack_Schaller You should check out his writing credits with Favreau too. He's worked on some cool projects.— Dave #ExtraLife (@Dave #ExtraLife)1543780910.0
Behind the scenes, Billingsley has an impressive list of TV and film credits, including F is for Family, The Break Up, Iron Man, Zathura, and Couple's Retreat, but every Christmas we'll continue to remember him as Ralphie.