No holiday movie marathon is complete without viewing “Home Alone”, the movie that turned Macaulay Culkin into one of the biggest kid stars of all time. The film has completed 25 years of its journey on November 16, as it came out on the same date in 1990. In honor of the film’s silver anniversary, we’re celebrating with 10 facts and behind-the-scenes stories that fans may not know. Here we present 10 unknown facts about the movie.
- THE ROLE OF KEVIN WAS WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY FOR MACAULAY CULKIN.
Although that didn’t stop director Chris Columbus from auditioning more than 100 other rascally pre-teens for the part, which really was all for naught, as Culkin nailed the role.
- MACAULAY WASN’T THE ONLY CULKIN TO APPEAR IN THE FILM.
His younger brother Kieran also landed a part as Kevin’s bed-wetting cousin, Fuller. Though, the film marked Kieran’s acting debut, he has since gone on to build an impressive career for himself in movies like “The Cider House Rules”, “Igby Goes Down”, and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”.
- THE FILM IS A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER
In its opening weekend, “Home Alone” topped the box office, making $17,081,997 in 1,202 theaters. To date, the movie has made $476.7 million dollars. The movie maintained its number one spot for a full 12 weeks and remained in the top 10 until June of the following year. The Julia Roberts starrer, “Sleeping with the Enemy” finally knocked it out. It became the highest grossing film of 1990 and earned a Guinness World Record as the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever domestically.
- SHOWING “HOME ALONE” IS A TRADITION IN POLAND
Showings of “Home Alone” have become a Christmas tradition in Poland, where the film has aired on national television since the early 1990s and its popularity has only increased. In 2011, more than five million people tuned in to watch it, making it the most watched show to air during the season.
- THE MCCALLISTER HOME HAS BECOME A MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTION
Located at 671 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, Illinois, the kitchen, main staircase, and ground-floor landing seen in the film were all shot in this five-bedroom residence. In 2012, John and Cynthia Abendshien, who owned the home when it was used as one of the film’s locations, sold the property for $1.585 million.
- ROBERT DE NIRO TURNED DOWN THE ROLE OF HARRY LIME.
Of course, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Joe Pesci playing the role, but according to Mental Floss, both De Niro and Jon Lovitz passed on playing the angrier of the two burglars.
- THE TARANTULA ON STERN’S WAS REAL.
At one point, Kevin places a tarantula on Marv’s face. And it was indeed a real spider because actually screaming may have frightened the tarantula, Stern had to mime the scream – and then scream his lungs out in post.
- THERE IS NO FILM CALLED “ANGELS WITH FILTHY SOULS”.
To prank visitors, Kevin uses clips from an old gangster movie titled “Angels with Filthy Souls”. It’s one of the more famous scenes from the film, but the movie was made up specifically for “Home Alone”.
- ELVIS PRISLEY DID A CAMEO ROLE IN“HOME ALONE”.
Elvis Presley makes a cameo in the film. Yes, that’s right. There is a certain faction of online “Home Alone” fans who insist that an extra appearing behind Catherine O’Hara in one scene is none other than Elvis Presley himself – aged and bearded.
- OLD MAN MARLEY WASN’T IN THE ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY.
Kevin’s allegedly scary neighbor, who eventually teaches him the importance of family, wasn’t a character in the original script. He was added at the suggestion of Columbus, who thought the film, could do with a stronger dose of sentimentality.
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