(CTN News) – Donald Trump has refuted the allegations made by director Chris Columbus that he forced his way into a cameo appearance in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
The former US president took to his social media platform, Truth Social, to state that it was the film’s production team who pleaded with him to make a cameo appearance.
Trump explained that as the owner of the Plaza Hotel in New York, which was rented by the film’s production team, he initially declined the offer due to his busy schedule. However, he eventually agreed after their persistent requests.
He confidently declared that the film’s humble start skyrocketed in popularity, making it a remarkable success, particularly during the holiday season. I receive countless calls whenever it is shown.
Home Alone 2, the sequel to the 1990 comedy Home Alone 2, grossed $359m (£280m) and was the third-highest-grossing film of 1992.
In 2020, Columbus revealed in an interview with Business Insider that Trump’s cameo was a condition for filming inside the Plaza Hotel, in addition to the usual fee. Columbus claimed that Trump had bullied his way into the movie, stating, “The only way you can use the Plaza is if I’m in the movie.”
However, Trump vehemently denied these allegations on Truth Social, stating, “Nothing could be further from the truth.” He argued that his appearance in the film had significantly contributed to its success.
He questioned why the production team would keep him in the movie for over 30 years if they felt bullied or did not want him, emphasizing his value to the film. Trump dismissed Columbus as just another Hollywood figure seeking publicity for himself by using his name.
The Home Alone 2 films, starring Macaulay Culkin, have become a beloved Christmas tradition. Joe Pesci reflected on the making of the film, mentioning a scene where he sustained burns. In 2019, there was controversy when Trump’s cameo was removed from a Canadian TV version.
CBC denied Trump’s claims, stating they had edited the Home Alone 2 film in 2014. In 2021, Culkin supported digitally removing Trump from the film. Trump was known for making cameos in the 80s and 90s, but often his appearances were cut.