Get ready to feel old. Like, really old. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Chris Columbus and John Hughes’ classic holiday film “Home Alone.” In honor of the family comedy, which stars Macaulay Culkin as the scheming Kevin MccAllister, we’ve decided to reintroduce some fun facts about the 1990 hit.
“Home Alone,” a film which resulted in four additional spinoffs, only one of which stars Culkin, follows the story of a boy whose family accidentally leaves him home alone while on Christmas vacation. When two burglars named Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) threaten his family’s abode, Kevin goes into action, booby-trapping his home, which results in hilarious hijinks.
1. Harry Bit My Finger
The “Home Alone” 25th Anniversary edition Blu-ray features new interviews with the cast of “Home Alone,” including a now 35-year-old Culkin. In one feature, the actor shares a story from the set and reveals that during one of the final scenes in the film -- when Marv and Harry finally catch up to him -- he sustained an injury. He says when Pesci's character threatened to bit one of his fingers, he accidentally did during one take, leaving him with a scar.
2. Marv’s Replacement
Stern will always be Marv, one part of the Wet Bandits, in “Home Alone” fan’s minds, but he wasn’t cast as the criminal from the get-go. In one Blu-ray feature Stern reveals the filmmakers couldn’t pony up the cash to have him play the part and cast someone else. But when the unnamed actor didn’t fare well with Pesci during a screen test, they decided to have him join the cast.
Watch Marv break into Kevin’s home in “Home Alone”:
3. Culkin Brothers
In the film Kevin’s family tries to get him to share a bed with his cousin Fuller before his family leaves on their holiday vacation. Kevin refuses, saying his cousin is infamous for wetting the bed. While the glasses-wearing, bed-wetter may be Kevin’s nemesis in the film, the actor who plays him is actually Culkin’s brother in real life. The part of Fuller was played by Kieran Culkin. The actor, now 33, has gone on to make a name for himself in the film business in the years since “Home Alone.” Some of his most noteworthy roles include Rye Gerhardt in “Fargo” and Wallace in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in 2003 for “Igby Goes Down.”
4. Oscars And Grammys
While “Home Alone” never received an Academy Award, it was nominated for two honors during the annual ceremony in 1991, according to IMDb. “Home Alone” was nominated for Best Music, Best Song for John Williams and Leslie Bricusse’s “Somewhere In My Memory.” Williams was also nominated for Best Music, Original Score. At the 1992 Grammys, “Somewhere In My Memory” was also recognized.
Listen to “Somewhere In My Memory” below:
5. Finding Kevin MccAllister
Culkin will always be Kevin MccAllister, but he wasn’t a shoe-in for the role. Director Christopher Columbus didn’t immediately select Culkin to play the lead and auditioned dozens of young actors before deciding to cast him. While he ended up beating out other actors for the part, all of them weren’t completely snubbed from the film. Jeffrey Wiseman, who played the MccAllister's obnoxious neighbor Mitch, reportedly tried out for the lead as well. He later landed a small role in 1992’s “The Babe” with John Goodman.
Watch Culkin in a scene from “Home Alone”:
If you’re thirsty for more “Home Alone,” you’re in luck! The classic is one of many holiday movies airing during the month of December in honor of the 2015 season. TV Guide reports HBO will be playing the movie Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 1:30 p.m. EST. If you’re looking to catch the sequel, it airs a few hours prior on HBOSGe at 9:10 a.m. EST.