10 Things You Didn't Know About the Making of 'Home Alone


10 Things You Didn't Know About the Making of 'Home Alone
10 Things You Didn't Know About the Making of 'Home Alone

It's been 32 years since the iconic Christmas movie Home Alone was released. There are a lot of details about the movie that many people don't know, so let's start with the interesting ones.

They had been looking for a house for a movie for weeks

It took director Chris Columbus and his crew several weeks to find the McCallister house.

In the end, they chose a house in Winnetka. “We needed to cast a house that would work for the stunts and also a house that was visually appealing and, if this makes sense, warm and menacing at the same time. It’s the kind of house if you were a kid it would be fun to be left home alone,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

Culkin's brother appeared in the film

Culkin's younger brother Kieran appeared as Kevin's cousin Fuller in Home Alone. The brothers also appeared together in the film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

The film was written in just over seven days

John Hughes made the first draft of the script in just nine days.

The film was written after a family trip to Europe. "I used to go on vacation and make a list of everything I didn't want to forget. I thought 'I better not forget my children' Then I thought, what if I leave my 10-year-old son at home? What would you do?” told Hughes in 1990.

John Candy improvised most of his scenes

Actor John Candy, who was one of the musicians who drove Kevin's mother home, came to the set ready to improvise. “None of that stuff was in the script,” Columbus told Insider.

“The funeral-parlor story, that was all improvised at 4:30 in the morning. We could barely keep a straight face on set just listening to John”.

Should have played Robert De Niro

De Niro was considered for the role of burglar Harry before the production team gave the role to Joe Pesci.

But the director says that De Niro certainly never considered taking the role.

Culkin improvised one of the most famous moments in the film

Kevin's reaction to putting on the aftershave is probably one of the most famous scenes in the movie, but it wasn't done the way it was in the script.

"If you put something on your face that burns, most people move their hands right away. So my direction to him was when you pat your face, move your hands and scream. And I think it was the first take, he kept his hands on his cheeks," the director told Insider.

Angles With Filthy Souls does not exist

The movie Kevin decides to watch on VHS doesn't exist. The scene Kevin was watching on TV was created specifically for Home Alone.

Kevin's tree house was not on the property

The tree house was specially built for that film and was torn down at the end of filming.

The entire film was shot in the Chicago area

Scenes supposedly taking place at Paris Orly Airport were actually filmed at O'Hare International Airport.

Columbus added one of the most moving scenes

Hughes didn't allow a ton of improvisation or script changes, but Columbus had a wonderful vision for the character of Old Man Marley that managed to sneak into the film.

He added a conversation between Kevin and the old man. “If I recall, I don’t think there was a real payoff in the script [for the final scene], where Kevin sees the old man reunited with his family at the end of the movie,” Columbus told Entertainment Weekly. “I remember adding that”.