Home Alone's most iconic moment was improvised by Macaulay Culkin

Chris Edwards
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From Digital Spy

Home Alone is a sacred piece of festive entertainment that's revisited by all sensible households during the Christmas period, but many of its beloved fans may not realise that one of its most iconic moments was actually a mistake.

In a wide-ranging interview with Insider, director Chris Columbus explained how lead star Macaulay Culkin improvised the scene where he places cologne on his face, and then screams.

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

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Asked when he realised the moment would work on-screen, Columbus said: "Kind of on set, because he wasn't supposed to do that. 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. We all started laughing hysterically."

He added: "We did it a couple more times with his hands off his face, but my editor, Raja Gosnell, he cut that take into the first cut that I saw and it was in there forever. It's funny, the iconic moment from Home Alone was an accident."

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

Having depressingly turned 30 years old this year, Home Alone still remains an ultimate Christmas classic. But that hasn't stopped Disney wanting to remake it.

The company announced it would be rebooting the franchise last year, with the project set to be launched on Disney+. Columbus isn't too happy about it, and we suspect a lot of Home Alone purists aren't either.

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