30 years have passed since the premiere of ‘Home alone’, the first installment in the saga starring Macaulay Culkin. Tape directed by Chris Columbus it was a box office success, grossing more than $ 285 million in theaters around the world. Columbus also directed ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’, released in 1992 and again headlined by Culkin.
To celebrate 30 years since its premiere, we reviewed with gurl.com 30 things that only a true movie buff knows about ‘Home Alone’.
The first scene filmed in ‘Home Alone’ was the one in which Kevin McCallister buys – steals – the toothbrush in the middle of the movie.
The girl who was not a girl
In the funny sequence that Kevin finds a photo of his brother Buzz’s girlfriend, the girl who appears is not a girl … She is actually a boy dressed as a girl.
The plane ticket in the trash
When Kevin is cleaning the kitchen, in a short sequence, his plane tickets appear in the trash.
Marley, unexpected guest
Despite the fact that the old Marley has an important weight in the plot of ‘Home Alone’, his character was not initially in the original project.
Joe Pesci, totally into the role
He actor he took the role of Harry Lyme too seriously. So much so that he did not want to meet Macaulay Culkin on the set during the recording of ‘Alone at home’.
Very real scenes
Despite being a fictional film and working with a child, Joe Pesci was still so into his role that he bit Macaulay Culkin on the finger and left a small scar.
Joe Pesci’s tacos
It seems that the actor forgot that he was in a family movie and kept spouting tacos. So many, that Chris Columbus had to ask him to say “fridge” (Fridge) instead of “fuck” (Fuck).
An expletive circumvented the censorship
Although Joe Pesci managed to stop swearing, Daniel Stern was not so lucky. Listening carefully to the scene where Marv retrieves his shoe through the doggy door, a curse is heard that seems to have circumvented censorship.
Macaulay Culkin featured a double
The action scenes were a bit dangerous for the 10-year-old actor, so they had Larry Nicolas, a short 30-year-old double, to replace Culkin.
Did Elvis Presley show up?
Urban legend says that the bearded man behind Mrs. McCallister when she argues with the airline receptionist is actually the singer.
The mythical scene that was improvised
One of the most legendary scenes in ‘Home Alone’, in which Kevin confronts the ‘Wet Cacos’ and says “Are you giving up or do you still want more?” sitting on the ladder, it was totally improvised by the actor.
Culkin drew the cheat map
Macaulay Culki not only contributed by improvising phrases. The child star also drew the map detailing Kevin’s traps for thieves.
Based on another movie
The idea of ’Alone at home’ comes during one of the sequences of Solos with our uncle, in which the character himself played by Macaulay Culkin interrogates a babysitter through the mailbox.
Pesci, replacement for Robert de Niro
Before Joe Pesci accepted the role, popular actor Robert de Niro landed the role of Harry, but turned it down.
Writing for Macaulay
The role of Kevin was done by and for Culkin. However, Chris Columbus gave the opportunity to do the casting to other actors in case they convinced more than him.
A sought after Peter McCallister
The patriarch of the McCalister family may have had multiple familiar faces such as Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, John Travolta, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, Christopher Lloyd or Jack Nicholson.
And many others for Katie McCallister
As with Peter, the role of Katie was also highly sought after with Sigourney Weaver, Diane Keaton, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carrie Fisher, Sharon Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange as candidates.
It wasn’t always Uncle Frank
The Uncle Frank character was not written for Gerry Bamman. At first, Columbus thought Kelsey Grammer was the perfect candidate to play Frank.
A very real tarantula
Daniel Stern (Marv Merchants) agreed to shoot with a real tarantula on his face, but only for one take. During the scene, he was unable to scream because the noise would have scared the spider, so the scene had to be doubled later.
Blessed rubber feet
Daniel Stern used a rubber foot for the painful scene where he goes barefoot and steps on a nail.
Everything stays in the family
Fuller, Kevin’s cousin who pees in bed, is none other than Macaulay Culkin’s little brother, Kieran Culkin.
A movie within a movie
In one sequence you can see the child protagonist watching a movie on television. The mafia film, titled Angels with Dirty Souls, doesn’t really exist, and its title refers to Michael Curtiz’s Angels with Dirty Faces.Wink at Edvard Munch
The famous sequence in which Kevin throws aftershave on his face and screams is based on the painting ‘The Scream’ by the painter Edvard Munch.
A Christmas with winks
Old Marley shares the same last name as Jacob Marley’s late partner, Scrooge, in Charles Dickens’ novel, ‘A Christmas Carol.’
In one of the first scenes where the pizza delivery man appears, you can see that the brand of the pizzas is Little Nero’s Pizza, a parody of Little Caesar’s Pizza.
A living boiler
For the terrifying scene in which the boiler in the basement scares Kevin, Chris Columbus had planned to come to life and chase him, but it would have cost a lot of money and he opted for turning the lights on and off with a voice calling Kevin.
This is how they recreated the flooded basement
The flooded basement Kevin walks through is actually a high school swimming pool. Much of the film was shot in a school; most of the sets were built on the site’s basketball court.
A multi-million dollar house
The McCallister family home in the film was sold in 2012 for more than $ 1.5 million and became a tourist icon.
A classic in Poland
Since 1990 ‘Alone at home’ has been broadcast every Christmas on Polish television and in 2001 it became the most watched space at Christmas time.
John Heard did not trust the project
When Heard started shooting the movie, he was not happy with the project because he thought it was going to get a very bad review. When “Home Alone” was a worldwide hit, the actor apologized to Chris Columbus.
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