'Home Alone' Fun Facts: Did You Know Macauley Culkin Had a 30-Year-Old Stunt Double?

'Home Alone' Fun Facts: Did You Know Macauley Culkin Had a 30-Year-Old Stunt Double?

Dec 18, 2014

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The folks at CineFix are back with another installment in their annual holiday series that takes you behind the scenes of some of the season’s most beloved films, and this year they’re tackling Home Alone.

The new clip, 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Home Alone, takes you on a guided tour of Chris Columbus’ 1990 holiday classic wherein a young Macauley Culkin gets left alone for the holidays, and then outwits the criminals trying to rob his house. If you’ve never seen it, we have to wonder what you’re doing with your life!

 

The new video is chock-full of interesting trivia. The most fascinating piece is a revelation that Macauley Culkin’s stunt double was actually a 30-year-old man named Larry Nicholas. Nicholas stood in for the actor in all the really dangerous scenes without you ever realizing you’d been fooled. The stuntman may have been significantly older than the film’s star, but he was roughly the same size – which was great because no one wanted to put a child in the dangerous situations the film’s script called for.

However, Culkin did have to do one challenging scene on his own – the one where he comes face-to-face with the front bumper of a van. Columbus and crew used a little old-school movie magic to make that scene play – they shot it in reverse.

The rest of the video is filled with equally interesting tidbits, including how the film’s visual-effects producer did most of the work from his mother’s basement for very little money, and the revelation that John Candy shot all of his scenes in a mere 23-hour day. Man, we miss John Candy…

Check out the video below, and if you like what you see, let the CineFix guys know – they’ve offered to make a sequel version to this video for the 2015 holiday season.

[via Sploid]

 

 

 

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