Macaulay Culkin approves netizens' demand for Trump-less 'Home Alone 2'
Macaulay Culkin, the child-star from the Home Alone franchise, has taken a dig at an unexpected co-actor. He's none other than US President Donald Trump, who is days away from facilitating an "orderly transition of power" at the White House. Culkin is so incensed at his presence in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, that he's backing memers demanding his removal from it.
It so happened that real estate mogul Trump had a seconds-long role in the second film of the funny franchise. Director Chris Columbus needed the extravagant lobby of Plaza Hotel, the luxurious property in Manhattan owned by Trump at the time, to shoot a scene for Culkin's role of Kevin McCallister. However, Trump put his foot down when it came to rolling the camera.
"We paid the fee, but he also said, 'The only way you can use the Plaza is if I'm in the movie.' So we agreed to put him in the movie," Columbus told Insider. Now, netizens are demanding an official edition of Trump's insignificant role, with a user suggesting that Culkin, now 40-years-old, becomes the replacement. Culkin gave his nod by tweeting, "Sold."
Multiple editors then tried their hands to edit Trump's part, with one deleting the interaction where McCallister asks Trump for the direction of the lobby. A more interesting edition was a user replacing Trump with an inaudible, colorless outline resembling the Invisible Man, pointing at the lobby. This move of "silencing" Trump's existence in the movie got a "Bravo" from Culkin.
due to popular request I have removed trump from home alone pic.twitter.com/HoTA2csMl4— ᅟᅟᅟᅟᅟᅟᅟᅟ (@maxschramp) January 9, 2021
This is not an exceptional scenario as actor Matt Damon had also shared an instance of a similar forced inclusion of the outgoing US President for Scent of a Woman at the same hotel. The deal demanded Al Pacino to say, "Hello, Mr. Trump," as he walked in, with the sequence being filmed by spending an hour extra on set. That sequence was edited.