It’s the film that turned him into a star at the tender age of 10. But Macaulay Culkin won’t Home Alone any more - here’s why
Home Alone is a classic, and there is no disputing this - you love it, and this is 100% a fact. To use a slightly unwieldy sentence: nobody doesn’t like Home Alone, do they not. And it doesn’t just mean a lot to audiences the world over, it also does to its main star, Macaulay Culkin - for it kick-started his rather substantial career as a child actor. Thing is, now he’s a real-life ‘grown-up’, and it’s not exactly his favourite thing in existence, as he revealed to Ellen DeGeneres when appearing on her show.
In fact, it’s got to the stage now where he tries to avoid it at every opportunity - he’s none too keen on a lovely sit-down at Christmas in front of his most famous movie, that’s for sure. He calls the movie “background radiation at Christmastime” and mentions that it’s the reason he tries to avoid leaving the house during the season. He also says that many people have asked to watch it with him, which he rightly refers to as “flattering and creepy”.
“I can’t watch it the same way other people do,” he says, mentioning that he remembers more about what was happening behind the scenes on set that day, rather than what is actually on-screen.
Oh, and don’t ask him to “do the face” - he’s not about to be your performing monkey, mate: “I’ve been there, done that already. I’m 37, OK? OK, Mom?” he says.
In addition to fielding questions about Home Alone (bet he never gets that), he also chats about his decision to take a break from the industry:
“I was tired of it. I did like 14 movies in six years. It’s a lot. I was away from home a lot, I was away from school. I needed to grow and develop as a person. I was actually looking forward to going to school. I lived the dream.
“It was great to be around people my own age for once. I’m always treated differently. At the same time that’s the kind of stuff you have to figure out.
“It was the smartest thing I possibly could’ve done, taking eight years off.”
His appearance on The Ellen Show will air on Monday, but unless you live in the US, you won’t be able to watch it, gutted!
(Image: 20th Century Fox)