Macaulay Culkin Revealed He Still Lives Off His Hit Movie And He'd "Never Have To Work Again"

Macaulay Culkin is known to people the world over as the adorable yet mischievous Kevin McAllister, the little boy from the "Home Alone" movies from the '90s. And even though he grew up and continued working as an actor, albeit in more niche and alternative roles, he's never really shaken his image as the "Home Alone" kid.
Culkin was just 10-years-old when he starred in the first "Home Alone" movie, which was released in 1990. The Christmas comedy film was a huge success and earned a total gross of $476.7 million dollars, which made it the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever until it was overtaken by "The Hangover," all the way in 2011.

The actor's strong association with the franchise is something he will surely never live down and, in fact, he's even played up to it on a few occasions. In 2018, he starred in an ad for Google that saw him revisit the house from "Home Alone" as an adult. In it, a montage that's similar to the film played out, where he has the house to himself and reenacts many of the things that Kevin did as a kid. These included shaving, jumping on the bed, watching the same detective movie he watched in "Home Alone," ordering pizza, and more, while modern conveniences such as digital payments and digital assistants were included.

Considering the franchise's lasting popularity, it's no surprise then to learn that Culkin made a considerable amount of money from the movies, despite only being a child during filming. Years later he spoke about his earnings, which he revealed were so large that he'd never have to work again in his life.
A child star in Hollywood, Culkin was famed for his adorable appearance and starred in 15 films in a mere seven years during his youth. Alongside the "Home Alone" franchise, he was also in other hit movies of the era including "My Girl," "Richie Rich" and the dark drama "The Good Son."

By 1993, the boy had become one of the highest-paid child actors in Hollywood. Although as his fame grew, so did his dismay for his Hollywood lifestyle and the increased attention he received. It also put a strain on his relationship with his parents. When they split up in 1994, Culkin took this as an opportunity to quit acting and pursue a normal life as an adolescent. He attended a private school in Manhattan and turned down multiple acting jobs.

“I was just hoping to disappear off the face of the earth,” he told Time in 2001.

However, during his parents' custody battle, the amount of money Culkin had actually made throughout his career came to light. Unaware of exactly how much he'd earned as his father handled the business side of things, it was discovered in 1996 that the child star was worth around $50 million. But because his money was tied to his parents' names, he recalled how his mother couldn't pay the rent as she spent all her money on lawyer's fees, while he had millions in the bank he couldn't touch. He told New York Magazine years later:

"We were about to get evicted from our apartment. The only way I could get access to that money was to take my father's name off it, but I didn't want to make it messy, so I figured I'd take both their names off."
With that, Culkin's complicated relationship with his father came to an end. His dad never showed up on the last day of the trial and the actor hasn't seen or spoken to him since.

After living his adolescence out of the spotlight — although he was still dogged with tabloid reports during this period — Culkin eventually returned to show business. He went on to pursue other passion projects such as a rock band and came back to acting in the early 2000s, but since then he's kept a low profile and opted for more independent movies over big commercial ones. He elaborated on this decision for his career and how the money he earned as a child allowed him to be selective with projects, as reported by IMDb. He said:

"Most of the offers I get from Hollywood are for teen comedies. My manager thinks I'm crazy for turning down all that money, but I'm very picky. I'd made enough money by the time I was 12 to never have to work again, so it's not about a big check with me. It's about finding unique, one-of-a-kind films that I would want to see myself."

Despite the many headlines that were written about Culkin allegedly being an addict, it seems the actor has matured into a humble adult and contented family man. Since 2017, the actor has dated fellow child star Brenda Song and earlier this year the couple announced they were parents. Their first child, a son named Dakota — in honor of Culkin's late sister, who passed away in a car accident at the age of 29 — was born on April 5 in Los Angeles.

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