One of the best holiday movies of all time is Home Alone, no question. There’s something about this ridiculous plot-line and amazing cast that just makes it the kind of movie you can watch every single year without ever getting bored of it. I’m not big on the sequels, but I do make the first one a holiday movie tradition.
In case you didn’t realize, there are also a ton of really cool facts about Home Alone that every fan should know. This movie had so much going on behind the scenes, and I think it makes it even more fun to watch when you know about it. Here are 26 crazy, interesting facts about Home Alone… now make some hot chocolate and watch it with your family!
1. The first scene filmed was the one where Kevin is buying a toothbrush, so they were really working backwards.
2. Remember that picture Kevin finds of Buzz’s girlfriend? Well it was actually a picture of a boy made to look like a girl, because the director, Chris Columbus, thought it would be too mean to make fun of a girl like that.
3. When Peter McCallister is cleaning the kitchen counter, you can briefly see Kevin’s plane ticket in the trash.
4. Old Man Marley is a big part of the movie, but he wasn’t even in the original screenplay.
5. Joe Pesci took his role very seriously – he purposely avoided Macaulay Culkin on set so he would think Joe was actually really mean.
6. He may have actually scared him, because in the scene where Harry bites Kevin’s finger, Joe Pesci actually bit Macaulay Culkin and left a scar on his finger.
7. Joe Pesci also kept forgetting he was in a family movie and kept cursing during filming, so Chris Columbus had him say fridge instead of, you know, the other f-word.
8. There’s a legend that Elvis Presley makes a cameo in the movie. People who believe Elvis is still alive think that the heavily bearded man in the background of the scene where Mrs. McCallister is yelling at the desk clerk is Elvis. IMAGINE.
9. When Kevin says, “You guys give up, or are you thirsty for more?” it was totally improvised.
10. The idea for this movie came from a scene from Uncle Buck. Macauly Culkin plays a character who interrogates someone trying to be his babysitter through a letterbox.
11. Robert De Niro almost got the role of Harry, but he turned it down.
12. The role of Kevin was made for Macaulay Culkin, but Chris Columbus made him work for it anyway – he auditioned hundreds of other boys before confirming Macaulay was right for the role.
13. A lot of well-known actors were almost cast as Peter McCallister, including Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, Martin Sheen, Dan Aykroyd, John Travolta, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, Christopher Lloyd, Dennis Quaid and Jack Nicholson.
14. A lot of well-known actresses were almost cast as Katie McCallister as well, including Sigourney Weaver, Diane Keaton, Helen Hunter, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carrie Fisher, Anjelica Huston, Sharon Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer, Bette Midler, Jessica Lange, and Daryl Hannah.
15. On the other hand, the role of Uncle Frank was literally written for Kelsey Grammer.
16. Daniel Stern agreed to have the tarantula on his face for exactly one take. He couldn’t even actually scream because the noise would have scared the spider, so it was dubbed in later. ICK.
17. Daniel Stern also wore rubber feet during his “barefoot” scenes.
18. One of Kevin’s cousins, Fuller (the one who wets the bed), is Macaulay Culkin’s younger brother Kieran Culkin.
19. The famous image of Kevin screaming with his hands on his face is based on the famous painting The Scream by Edvard Munch.
20. Old Man Marley shares the same surname as Jacob Marley Ebenezer Scrooge’s deceased partner in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Coincidence?
21. Little Nero’s Pizza is indeed a parody of Little Caesar’s Pizza. Both Caesar and Nero were titles of Roman emperors.
22. Chris Columbus wanted a scene where the furnace comes to life and chases Kevin to the stairs. They couldn’t do it because it would have cost too much money, so they changed it to just the furnace lighting up and groaning Kevin’s name.
23. The house used in the movie was sold for $1.585 million in 2012 and was promoted as a tourist attraction.
24. In Poland, Home Alone is considered a traditional Christmas movie and airs on national TV during prime time every year since 1990. In 2001, it was the most popular show aired during the Christmas season.
25. John Heard wasn’t happy about working on the movie, because he thought it would be really bad. Once he realized how great it was, he apologized to the director, who says he still has the apology on tape.
26. He was very wrong! Home Alone was entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as the Highest Box Office Gross – Comedy for accumulating $533,000,000 internationally.
What’s your favorite part of Home Alone? Which of these facts did you find the most interesting? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments.