Watch: Fans call for removal of Donald Trump’s Home Alone 2 cameo
Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin has supported a campaign to have Donald Trump’s cameo removed from sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
The outgoing president was yesterday impeached for the second time and Twitter users were quick to suggest he should be digitally removed from the 1992 comedy.
Social media users replaced Trump with everyone from Joe Biden to Christopher Plummer and Keanu Reeves as the trend went viral.
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Culkin offered his support to a particular fan’s suggestion that the movie be re-edited with the now-40-year-old star taking on the Trump role.
He also responded to a Twitter user who had already edited Trump out of the movie, tweeting “bravo”.
Trump’s appearance in Home Alone 2 came about when the movie sought permission to film in the Plaza Hotel, which the businessman agreed to allow in exchange for a cameo.
He appears as himself in a scene in which Culkin’s Kevin McCallister asks him for directions.
In 2017, Matt Damon said that agreeing to a cameo was a common prerequisite for filming in Trump venues.
The cameo has appeared in the news throughout Trump’s presidency, not least when the president himself responded to news the Canadian broadcaster CBC has cut the scene when they aired the film.
CBC subsequently stated the cut was not politically motivated and was part of eight minutes scythed from the comedy due to time restrictions when the broadcaster acquired it in 2014 — prior to Trump’s election.
Last year, Home Alone 2 director Chris Columbus discussed the process that led to Trump’s involvement in the movie and said audience reaction to a test screening kept the scene in the finished cut.
Columbus said: “People cheered when Trump showed up on-screen. 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.”
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Trump’s reputation has certainly changed since 1992, with the host of The Apprentice swapping Hollywood cameos for political ambition.
He will hand over the keys to the White House when Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on 20 January.
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