He gave an ultimatum: the director of Home Alone tells how Donald Trump got into the movie
In 1992, the second part of the cult movie Home Alone about Kevin McCallister and the "sticky bandits" who ended up in New York was released. Some scenes of the Christmas comedy are set in The Plaza Hotel. At the time of filming, it was owned by Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States from January 20, 2017 to January 20, 2021. As you know, Trump joined the cast of his favorite holiday movie, and it happened for a reason.
The fact is that the billionaire gave the film's director, Chris Columbus, an ultimatum: he allowed the movie to be filmed at The Plaza only if he himself appeared in one of the episodes. The director spoke about this in an interview with Business Insider.
"Like most places in New York, you just pay a fee and they let you shoot in that place. We approached the Plaza Hotel, which Trump owned at the time, because we wanted to shoot in the lobby. We paid the fee, but he also said: 'The only way you can use the Plaza is if I'm in a movie,'" Columbus recalled.
According to the director, Trump was filmed in many movies for the sake of permission to shoot, and at the editing stage, the scene was often simply cut out. However, Columbus decided to keep the 10-second fragment with the hotel owner.
"When we showed it for the first time, the strangest thing happened: people cheered when Trump appeared on the screen. So I told my editor: "Leave him in the movie. This is a moment for the audience." But he did make his way into the movie through intimidation," the director added.
It should be noted that Trump himself is very proud of his role in Home Alone 2. While still president, in 2019, he said: "It's a good movie, and I was, to put it mildly, younger. And it was an honor to do it."
As OBOZ.UA wrote earlier, Ukrainians have created their own version of Home Alone, which is no worse than the original. The events take place in Rivne.