I went digging about Macaulay Culkin, my favorite Hollywood child star and here are what i found, the ups and down, family splitting and so much more, enjoy! and thank me when you done.
Starring alongside comedy legend John Candy in Uncle Buck earned the eight-year-old $40,000, which was definitely a pretty penny for his family who lived modestly at the time. Christmas 1990
changed everything, as Home Alone made $476 million worldwide; the sequel also made $359 million.
Macaulay can barely remember a time not being famous, save for a couple wispy memories of he and his mother in a park. One of the strange things about this level of fame is that your “home movies” are publicly-viewed Hollywood movies, and your childhood photos are on billboards. This unusual level of dissemination has led to an intense self-awareness made Mack realize that he has two unequally-sized eyes. Unlike what people say, you don’t have to look perfect to make millions in Hollywood.
When you look at lottery winners, you can see that having millions in the bank can be a blessing and a curse. Many end up blowing all the cash on flashy, impractical expenses, and get very big-headed about their wealth, but end up broke again soon enough. Perhaps to protect Macaulay from this experience, his father would hide newspapers from him, to make sure he was in the dark about his salary. His parents didn’t want an enfant terrible situation where Mack would brag about his millions.
Although Kit Culkin had some success as an actor, he never achieved the heights that his son Macaulay did. Kit managed Macaulay’s career, gaining a reputation as a difficult ‘stage mom’, with movie executives generally dreading dealing with the “800lb gorilla of the movie business.” As a manager, Kit would negotiate with movie executives for vast sums of money for the sequel to Home Alone, which he got. According to Macaulay’s lawyer, dealing with Kit was difficult because deals often, “Because it wasn’t about money. It was about power.”
Along with the big screen, Macaulay enjoys flexing his stage-acting muscles. He does, after all, have classical training in ballet from the School of American Ballet. Following a show where he played Fritz in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker at the famed Lincoln Center, the King of Pop Michael Jackson visited him backstage to introduce himself. The pair became closer friends after Home Alone, to the point where Macaulay appeared as an irreverent tween in Michael’s music video for “Black or White” in 1991
Macaulay was a guest in Michael Jackson’s infamous sleepovers. They had an understandable friendship – they were both child stars pushed by their parents to achieve great heights. Both desired for a place where they could be themselves, without paparazzi or fans interrupting their days, and Neverland Ranch provided that. The estate was aptly named, stocked with endless varieties of sweets, a carnival and an exotic menagerie. When MJ was in legal trouble, Macaulay publicly supported him, denying that anything peculiar had happened to him at the sleepovers.
Michael Jackson was longtime friends with Macaulay Culkin, ever since they got close after the success of Home Alone. Bestowing someone the honor of being a godparent is one of the utmost displays of trust, as you are giving them a say in the child’s upbringing. Macaulay was given this honor by being the godfather of the daughter of MJ and Debbie Rowe, Paris Jackson.
His Band Was Viciously Booed Off Stage
In 2013, Macaulay and his musician friends officially formed a band, The Pizza Underground, meant to parody The Velvet Underground by replacing the original lyrics with pizza-themed ones. The Pizza Underground also features a pizza box percussionist, who extracted music from mere cardboard. Unfortunately, not everyone has such an absurdist view of music and life; the band was showered with beer and booed off stage during the Dot to Dot Festival in Nottingham, despite the fact that they would give out free pizza at their shows.
Loves Tongue Twisters
Actors sometimes warm up their voices by reciting tongue twisters, so make sure that they can get through their lines smoothly. This is probably how Mack became enamored with them. Although Macaulay called it a phase, he is passionate enough about tongue twisters that he wrote some of his own. After wondering how many ‘H’ words he could get in a sentence, he came up with a lyrical twister that began, “Heidi was her name, hiding was her game when Heidi hid horses halted…”
As an artist, Macaulay has been focused on quality over quantity. He said on CNN that he’d rather not do many projects in a year, but would rather do, “one cool small project a year that [he’s] really, really proud of.” Larry King points out he has this freedom due to his lack of economic pressure, as he made enough money for a lifetime when he was prepubescent. One especially strange film is The Wrong Ferarri, which was filmed completely on an iPhone camera.
During the 1995 custody battle between Culkin’s parents, Kit Culkin and Patricia Brentrup, Macaulay and his siblings had an unflattering nickname: ‘stinky’. This is unsurprising given the allegation that Kit forced Mack to sleep on a couch instead of a bed, just because he could, just to show him who’s boss. Jeanette Krylowski, Kit’s current partner, defends him in another version of the story. She alleges that the couch was the only available option, as furniture was being delivered to Kit’s new apartment.
Ex-wife Rachel Miner Thought He Was A Jerk
It happens sometimes that the person you end up with wasn’t the nicest in the beginning. When Macaulay’s future wife Rachel Miner moved schools to meet the already iconic 14-year-old, she introduced herself by name. Macaulay apparently nonchalantly welcomed her to the school but never reciprocated with his own name. Miner got the impression he was a jerk, and although they ended up dating, they broke up and got back together 3 times before finally marrying on the fourth try.
Death hoaxes spread like wildfire on the internet, with concocted stories about the passing of Bill Murray, Jerry Springer and Bill Nye among many others shared countless times. Macaulay was also rumored to have died in 2014, and responded in the most epic way; he posted a photo on Twitter of him, eyes closed, playing dead, re-enacting a scene from Weekend At Bernies. At the time of the hoax, he was on tour with his band, and opened their Austin show by yelling, “I’m alive!”
Macaulay The Writer
Mack is truly overflowing with creativity; he had his first book “Junior” published in 2006. He dissociates himself from the book and writing and says, “I am not a writer. I am a fraud, and you can quote me on that.” He is hard on himself – the book is unique and creative, with seven distinct endings. The book explores the rocky relationship with his father but is not a straight memoir, including also sketches, poems and short stories. Reviews were polarized; pick up a copy and see where you stand!
In 1995, an acrimonious and highly publicized custody battle played out between Macaulay’s parents. Kit, the patriarch of the family, was painted as an abuser, who allegedly punched his wife during two separate pregnancies, as well as allegedly threatened to throw her off a balcony.
Two Of His Sisters Died At 29
We have seen troubled child stars pass away at an early age, but we rarely expect tragedy from their out-of-the-spotlight siblings. Unfortunately, the Culkin family has seen a few: first Macaulay’s half-sister died at age 29 resulting from an overdose of substances. Then, his older sister Dakota died also at age 29 after being struck by a vehicle in west Los Angeles. The driver was not under the influence, so no criminal charges were brought. The family called it an, “terrible tragic accident.”
Gaunt From Addiction?
The public worried dearly for Macaulay after he appeared gaunt and paler than he already was. There was a suspicion that his health was in decline after developing a severe substance abuse habit. In London, he was even mistaken for a homeless person trying to bum a smoke off some students at a bar. Mack was also seen vomiting in the streets, looking scraggly. He has categorically denied that he had any addiction issues and accused the tabloids of conjuring stories for profit.
Cleaned Up And Working
Macaulay has certainly been through ups and downs, but there seems to be light coming over the horizon. He was spotted looking as healthy as he’s ever been, dressed like a clean-cut hipster, with a jean jacket and thick rimmed glasses. This was on the same night as a dinner date with fellow former child star Brenda Song, with whom he is starring in an upcoming film, Changeland. The film is Seth Green’s debut as a director and is about a trip to Thailand.
Macaulay Shunned Dad On Deathbed
Following a bitter custody battle, Macaulay’s Father Christopher ‘Kit’ Culkin has had little contact with the rest of the family.