The Macaulay Culkin-starrer is a classic.
It's been over 30 years since we saw Macaulay Culkin play Kevin McCallister who was separated from his family and had to ward off bumbling burglars Marv and Harry while home alone during Christmas time. Now, no holiday movie marathon is complete without a viewing of Home Alone, a '90s classic. Let's take a look at some fun facts you might now know about the film, as per Salon and Insider.
Director Chris Columbus may have auditioned 100 other preteens but the role was written for Culkin who ended up nailing the role.
Macaulay Culkin on the set of Home Alone (1990) pic.twitter.com/pf4vIAPfYh— Past the Pics🔥🤧 (@pastthepics) December 17, 2021
Kieran appeared as Kevin's cousin, Fuller in the first film and they appeared together in the sequel as well.
THIS LITTLE GUY IN HOME ALONE IS KIERAN CULKIN SHUT UP I’LL CRY HE WAS SO CUTE— Victoria (@momjeandream) November 4, 2021
It John Hughes just 9 days to draft the script during a family trip. "I was going away on vacation,'" Hughes told Time magazine in 1990, "and making a list of everything I didn't want to forget. I thought, 'Well, I'd better not forget my kids.' Then I thought, 'What if I left my 10-year-old son at home? What would he do?'"
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dir. Chris Columbus
writ. John Hughes
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Robert De Niro never seriously considered playing the part according to Columbus. "It was talked about a little internally, but when Pesci said yes, I was stunned," he told Insider
Did you know, that Robert De Niro and John Lovitz both turned down the role of Harry Lime played by Joe Pesci in “Home Alone.” #christmasfacts #didyouknow #dyk #facts #christmas #ispotsanta #homealone pic.twitter.com/VLz3aAMY6y— Santa Claus (@iSpotSanta) December 11, 2021
"If you put something on your face that burns, most people move their hands right away. So my direction to him was when you pat your face, move your hands and scream. And I think it was the first take, he kept his hands on his cheeks," the director told Insider. He added, "It's funny, the iconic moment from Home Alone was an accident."
The moviemaker learned that when you agree to work with a child actor, you're also agreeing to work with their family. "I was much younger and I was really too naive to think about the family environment as well," Columbus told The Guardian in 2013. "We didn't know that much about the family at the beginning; as we were shooting, we learned a little more. The stories are hair-raising. I was casting a kid who truly had a troubled family life."
It isn't! Kevin uses a black-and-white gangster movie called Angels With Filthy Souls as his inspiration to defend himself against the Wet Bandits which was specifically made for Home Alone.
The film topped the box office, making $17,081,997 in 1202 theaters, and later became the highest-grossing film of 1990 and earned a Guinness World Record as the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever domestically. It held for 27 years but lost the spot to Chinese blockbuster Never Say Die in 2017.