Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin has approved comments on social media demanding that Donald Trump’s cameo in the film’s sequel be removed digitally and replaced with one of an older version of Culkin himself.
Culkin responded to a tweet asking “petition for digital replacement of trump in ‘home alone 2’ with 40-year-old macaulay culkin” with the only word: “Sold.”
Trump briefly appears in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, when Culkin, like his hero Kevin, asks him for directions to the lobby of the Plaza hotel that Trump owned at the time. In an interview with Insider in December 2020, the film’s director Chris Columbus said that Trump “bullied himself into the film” by insisting that he be given a role in the film in return for having filming take place at the hotel.
Columbus added that Trump’s cameo was a popular feature: “When we screened it for the first time, the strangest thing happened – people cheered when Trump appeared on screen. So I said to my editor, ‘Leave him alone in the movie. It’s a moment for the audience. ‘”
A petition by change.org to replace Trump with Joe Biden had accrued 189 signatures at the time of publication.