Actor Macaulay Culkin has done a surprisingly good job at staying in the shadows since his childhood acting career shot him into fame as the “cute little kid.” Now 35 years old, the man is a bit of a recluse, so it should not come as a shock that there are a lot of things many people don’t know about him. Here, we present our list of 15 facts you probably didn’t know about Macaulay Culkin.
Number Fifteen: His Role in Home Alone Was Written Specifically for Him
Director Chris Columbus auditioned more than 100 kids for the part of Kevin in Home Alone. He knew that Culkin would eventually play the part.
Number Fourteen: His Brother Was Also in Home Alone
Kieran Culkin can also be seen in the cult classic film as Kevin’s cousin, Fuller. Kieran has since appeared in several other films.
Number Thirteen: He Is Part of The Pizza Underground
The Pizza Underground is a “rock band” that is designed to parody songs by The Velvet Underground. Culkin is part of the band, along with Phoebe Kreutz.
Number Twelve: He Got Married When He Was 17
When Culkin was just 17 years old, he got married to Rachel Miner. However, they were only married for two short years before they got divorced.
Number Eleven: He Also Dated Mila Kunis
Though they may seem like an unseemly pair, Culkin and Kunis dated for an impressive eight years before they split. The breakup was apparently amicable, and they remained close friends afterward.
Number Ten: He Was the First Child Actor to Receive $1 Million for a Single Movie
Obviously, he got his $1 million for Home Alone. His parents reportedly got into a legal battle about what to do with the money he earned.
Number Nine: He Was Close With Michael Jackson
You might be aware that Culkin and Michael Jackosn were very good friends, but did you know that Culkin is also the godfather to two of Jackson’s children, Prince Michael and Paris?
Number Eight: He Had His First On-Screen Kiss in My Girl
The kiss was with co-star Anna Chlumsky. Chlumsky is now 35 years old and is known now for her role in Veep as the character Amy Brookheimer. My Girl came out in 1991, and the sequel, My Girl 2, was released in 1994.
Number Seven: Macaulay Culkin Has Been Arrested
In 2004, Culkin was arrested in Oklahoma City for marijuana possession. He also had Xanax and sleeping pills on him at the time.
Number Six: He Has a History With Performance Arts
Culkin was clearly a talented child, but that was also helped by extensive training. He studied at Balanchine’s School of the American Ballet, and he also appeared in many television commercials, which helped solidify his fame after Home Alone.
Number Five: Macaulay Culkin Went Viral for Eating Pizza
In 2013, a video was released of Culkin eating a cheese pizza. Culkin was trying to parody Andy Warhol in the documentary 66 Scenes from America when he eats a Burger King Whopper.
Number Four: He Was in a Michael Jackson Music Video
Culkin appeared in the video for Michael Jackson’s song, “Black or White.” The song was released in 1991.
Number Three: He Has Been Featured in Robot Chicken
Though Culkin has taken several hiatuses from the acting realm, he has done work with Seth Green’s popular comedy Robot Chicken. He did voice-over work for the show.
Number Two: He Is a Published Author
Culkin published a novel called Junior, which is semi-autobiographical and details Culkin’s stardom and relationship with his parents. The novel is an experimental project.
Number One: Macaulay Culkin Took a Selfie With Bob Saget
Most recently, Culkin was spotted in public with Robot Chicken creator Seth Green and creator of Broadway show Hand to God Bob Saget. The trio is also pictured with Saget’s wife, Clare Grant.