One of the greatest gifts in life is time. There’s time to explore the world, to grow and learn about yourself, and of course, there’s time to spend with loved ones.
When country singer Scotty McCreery penned his 2x Platinum hit single ‘Five More Minutes’ in 2015, he was thinking of his grandfather who had recently passed. Two years later, he finally released it, not before long seeing the great impact the story had on his listeners. Now, the song has been re-interpreted in the form of a Hallmark movie.
When the team at Hallmark came to McCreery with the idea of using the song as the inspiration for a new Christmas movie, he was more than excited to get the ball rolling.
“It’s just one of those crazy things life throws at you. It’s something amazing that we never thought about or envisioned when we wrote the song,” McCreery explains. “It has always been special to me; it’s actually my favorite song that I’ve written. To have Hallmark call us and want to do a movie on it, a Christmas movie, I just thought it was a great idea”.
The single addresses the desire to have just a few more minutes with those loved ones who have passed on. The movie Five More Minutes portrays this same sentiment, when the main character Clara, played by actress Nikki DeLoach, moves back home to help out with her late grandfather’s business during the busy holiday season.
The more she learns about her grandfather, the more she finds herself wishing for that extra time with him. The movie concludes with one of McCreery’s favorite scenes, when Clara receives the gift of a lifetime, as his song plays in the background of the joyful moment.
“At the end, when she has this realization and the song starts playing, that got me a little bit for sure,” he says with a warm smile.
Once the new year begins, McCreery will head back out on the road for his Same Truck Tour, but until then, he plans to spend some quality time with his wife, watching Christmas movies and enjoying the holiday season.
He might have credits on his own Christmas movie now, but in the McCreery household, the classics will always prevail.
Stepping away from a current project that’s in the works, he sat down to rank his top five favorite Christmas movies of all time.
It’s a classic that comes on every Christmas. It's one you must watch, especially with the main character Ralphie and the iconic “shoot your eye out” line. Every kid wanted that red rifle, and I think I even went and stuck my tongue on a cold pole, just to see if it would stick. Luckily, it didn’t stick to the pole like his did, but I enjoyed doing those little things when I was young.
Everybody loves Elf, it’s just the funniest movie. Will Ferrell always cracks me up and there are so many great one-liners; so many scenes in that movie that just make me laugh.
It puts me in the Christmas mood for sure. A couple of days ago, my wife and I actually made some Christmas cookies and sat down to watch it together. That one might be number one on her list; she really loves it for sure.
I think the Home Alone movies are just great; every kid loved them. You can kind of picture yourself in those situations and imagine what you might do. I watch that movie even when it comes on in the middle of August.
I’ve always loved it when I get to go to Chicago and NYC and can see all the different sites from Home Alone 1 & 2, like the Plaza Hotel.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is hilarious; Chevy Chase is so funny. For me and the guys in college, this would be the one movie that we would watch when we decorated our apartment or house.
A favorite scene for me is always when the neighbors come up and ask, “where do you think you’re gonna put a tree that big?” and he responds, “bend over, I’ll show you.” That scene would always crack us up.
Also, everyone has experienced something like that when their cousins and uncles all come home for the holidays.
We always watched this one growing up; I just love Tim Allen. The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2 are both fantastic, in my opinion. The soundtrack is great and when I see that movie, I know it’s Christmas time, the season is here. I haven’t gotten to watch it yet this year, but I think when I get off the road this week, I’m going to go home and make sure to put it on.
My favorite scene from that movie is when he’s finally going around delivering the presents and his family realizes he is Santa Claus. I also love when the rubber Santa gets on the phone and he’s like, “I love hot cocoa I want more!” That always makes me laugh.
Scotty McCreery's latest album, Same Truck, is out now via Triple Tigers.