Director Chris Columbus of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” shares that he wanted to cut Donald Trump out of the holiday comedy sequel, but audiences kept him in the picture.
The holiday favorite turns 28 years old this year and the film series made Macaulay Culkin a star. Columbus said that when he originally planned to film the scene in Trump’s hotel back in 1992, he figured that he would have to pay Trump s fee then he could go to work. Trump approved the shooting and took the fee, but then he added a catch.
“We paid the fee, but he also said, ‘The only way you can use the Plaza is if I’m in the movie,’” Columbus recalled Trump saying.
Columbus felt his hands were tied because he’d already paid Trump for filming so he shot his film, including a scene in which Trump points Culkin in the right direction. At the time, Columbus felt that he could cut Trump out if he needed to.
“So, we agreed to put him in the movie, and when we screened it for the first time the oddest thing happened: People cheered when Trump showed up on-screen,” Columbus recalled. “So, I said to my editor, ‘Leave him in the movie. It’s a moment for the audience.’” The scene worked and the movie was a mega-hit.
“But he did bully his way into the movie,” Columbus stated. Trump hasn’t always made the cut when it comes to being featured in films.
Back in 1987 when Oliver Stone was shooting the sequel to his 1987 “Wall Street,” he trimmed a scene of Trump running into the film’s main character in a barbershop. A source that worked on the film stated at the time that Trump’s huge ego cost him the cameo appearance.
“The scene wound up getting cut, probably because you had two guys in a barbershop and one couldn’t have his head touched,” the source stated at the time.
Stone says that he cut the scene due to “structural” issues, but that he did acknowledge Trump in the ending credits.
Canada cut Trump out of the version of “Home Alone 2” that was televised in the country. The CBC claimed that the scene was cut to make room for commercials, but a source says it was cut because most Canadians dislike Trump.
Speaking of Hollywood, a vandal who was reportedly wearing an Incredible Hulk costume smashed Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in southern California earlier this year.
The damage in Los Angeles to his star said to be quite extensive. To a point where it is completely defaced. And it will require thousands of dollars to fix, authorities told. It has been reported that the culprit caused roughly $5,000 worth of destruction during the incident. So far nobody is yet in custody as law enforcement officials investigate.
Rana Ghadban, CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, decried the act of vandalism, saying: “When people are angry with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark. Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a real difference by voting and not destroying public property.”
As entertainment outlet TMZ tells, work has already gotten underway to fix the star. The president’s symbolic star had been targeted a number of times in the past. Clearly, some in Hollywood hoping to send him a message. Back in 2018 Trump suffered another Hollywood start smashing.
A witness told KCAL/KCBS that she witnessed a man “going to town” smashing the on the ground “like it was his business just to be tearing up the ground,” she said. “I thought it was work going on over here.”
A video shot by KCAL/KCBS shows tourists standing around taking pictures of the smashed star located in front og the Hollywood & Highland center. Police went on to arrest a man named Austin Clay, 24, on suspicion of felony vandalism and was held on $20,000 bail.
CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement that the Walk of Fame is “an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees.”
“When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark,” Gubler said. “Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property.”