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Macaulay Culkin got a huge payrise from Home Alone to Home Alone 2

Joe Harker

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Macaulay Culkin got a huge payrise from Home Alone to Home Alone 2

Macaulay Culkin was such a big star after the success of Home Alone that he got a big pay-rise for the sequel.

We all know Home Alone, it's the story of a boy with a terrifyingly creative mind for constructing dangerous traps, which he puts to the test when a pair of robbers decide to target his home.

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Culkin plays young Kevin, a boy who is rather aptly left home alone when his family jets off on holiday and doesn't realise they've left him behind until they're a very long way away.

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At first Kevin loves being home alone, having the run of the house without anyone telling him what to do and being able to enjoy whatever he likes.

However, when the pair of crooks known as the 'wet bandits' try to break into the house he's got to make them run a gauntlet of horrific pain which includes impaling their feel in spikes and burning their hands on doorknobs.

Macauley Culkin was paid about $100,000 for his part in the original Home Alone. Credit: AJ Pics / Alamy Stock Photo
Macauley Culkin was paid about $100,000 for his part in the original Home Alone. Credit: AJ Pics / Alamy Stock Photo

The movie quickly became a Christmas classic which naturally led to a sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, where Kevin once again gets separated from his family and runs into the wet bandits yet again.

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Kevin being Kevin, he yet again subjects them to a series of horrendous tortures, and one scene where he just throws bricks at their heads and would definitely have killed them.

The movie was another big hit, and to bring Macaulay Culkin back he needed a much bigger paycheck.

According to The Things, Culkin was paid $100,000 for his role in the first Home Alone film, which really launched him as a star and led to him commanding much larger fees for his work.

When it was time for him to return for Home Alone 2, Culkin was paid around $4.5 million to star in the sequel, an absolutely stonking massive payrise from the fee he'd received just a couple of years earlier.

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For his appearance in the sequel he was paid about $4.5 million. Credit: Maximum Film / Alamy Stock Photo
For his appearance in the sequel he was paid about $4.5 million. Credit: Maximum Film / Alamy Stock Photo

Home Alone 2 is almost as beloved as the original movie, though plenty of audiences did a double take when they rewatched it recently and realised that Donald Trump was in the film.

He's only in it very briefly as he gives Kevin some directions, but it's pretty jarring to be watching a festive fun movie and suddenly have Trump on your screen.

Meanwhile, conspiracy theorists are convinced that Elvis Presley himself has a cameo in the first Home Alone movie, a suggestion rendered slightly ridiculous by the fact that he'd been dead for over a decade by that point.

Featured Image Credit: Fox Television Studios

Topics: Macaulay Culkin, Home Alone, TV and Film

Joe Harker
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