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Cache Valley man featured in Lifetime Christmas movie

Posted at 10:42 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 17:23:10-05

A local ice sculptor from Cache Valley was featured in a Lifetime Christmas movie this year.

John Simpson, the owner of Culinary Concepts Catering, said he was shocked to receive a phone call from director Peter Sullivan.

"I thought it was a joke, like maybe a friend right?" Simpson said. "I’ve been sculpting 27 years... He didn’t interview me. He didn’t do anything like that."

"The Christmas Edition" follows the life of a journalist who moves to Alaska to run a small newspaper, falling in love on the way.

Simpson's role is as a stunt double, acting as "Finn" wielding a chainsaw during an ice sculpting competition.

The film was shot in Huntsville, Utah over the summer.

"It was August! So everyone’s running around, spraying foam on the ground to look like snow. Everybody’s in coats," Simpson said. "We're literally dripping sweat, wiping it off right before the scene, and then you can hear Peter (Sullivan) in the background going, 'Okay, it’s really cold!'"

Simpson said his goal was to make Utah proud.

He was allowed to keep the leather jacket he wore during the scene, which was signed by members of the cast.

"They take it way serious," Simpson said. "Everyone was so kind. Everybody was so wonderful."

Click the video above to see Simpson's ice sculpting skills in action.