In a striking revelation, the director of the beloved holiday film "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," Chris Columbus, has disclosed how former President Donald Trump's cameo in the movie was not just a simple casting choice, but the result of a quid pro quo arrangement.
This insight adds a new layer to our understanding of Trump's approach, mirroring tactics he was later accused of during his presidency. Columbus, who also directed the first "Home Alone" movie, shared these details in a recent interview with Business Insider.
The sequel, which came out in 1992, two years after the original, continues to follow the adventures of young Kevin McCallister, portrayed by Macaulay Culkin. In this installment, Kevin accidentally ends up in New York City while his family heads to Florida, once again crossing paths with the notorious Wet Bandits.
Scouting The Plaza Hotel
The director recalled the process of scouting locations in New York City for the film. "Typically, in New York, you just pay a fee, and you're allowed to shoot in that location," Columbus explained.
The production team was particularly interested in The Plaza Hotel, owned by Trump at the time, for its iconic lobby. However, rebuilding The Plaza on a soundstage wasn't feasible, prompting them to approach Trump directly.
Trump's response, as Columbus noted, came with a condition. "We paid the fee, but he also said, 'The only way you can use the Plaza is if I'm in the movie,'" Columbus recounted. The team acquiesced, incorporating Trump into the film.
Surprisingly, when "Home Alone 2" was first screened, audiences cheered at Trump's appearance. "So I said to my editor, 'Leave him in the movie. It’s a moment for the audience.' But he did bully his way into the movie,” Columbus added.
This behind-the-scenes anecdote about Trump's cameo in "Home Alone 2" sheds light on the methods he employed to secure his spot in the film, methods that would later become a point of controversy during his political career.
As the holiday season approaches, and "Home Alone 2" finds its way back into family living rooms, viewers may see Trump's brief appearance in a new light, reflecting the unique blend of entertainment and real-world power dynamics.