When it comes to former child stars, few have developed the level of iconography experienced by Macaulay Culkin. The Home Alone and Uncle Buck star became a staple of 1990s cinema for his childhood performances, but he eventually disappeared from the limelight to enter early retirement. As it turns out, this decision to walk away from taking on regular acting roles ultimately resulted in him turning down the lead role of Max Fischer in Wes Anderson's 1998 indie classic, Rushmore. The often-private actor opened up during a recent Reddit AMA session and explained:
I was sent the script to Rushmore; I was still retired then. That's a perfect movie.
If you have seen Rushmore, then you likely already know how much of that film leans on Jason Schwartzman's lead performance as Max Fischer. However, the script went to Macaulay Culkin before production on the project began, but Culkin turned it down to stay in retirement. However, as Macaulay Culkin then pointed out, he considers Rushmore to be a "perfect movie," which means it seems likely he did not have a problem with the script itself when it came to him.
In the end, Jason Schwartzman ended up taking the lead role of Max Fischer in Wes Anderson's Rushmore, and that eventually led to a longstanding partnership between the two. Following Rushmore, the Schwartzman-Anderson partnership would churn out other notable indie darlings like Fantastic Mr. Fox, as well as Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
This begs one obvious question: would Rushmore have been better with Macaulay Culkin? It's impossible to say since we will never see that version of the movie, but this story from Culkin's extensive Reddit AMA session makes it pretty clear that his career, as well as the careers of Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman, would've looked different if he had accepted the job.
In the years since Macaulay Culkin took a step back from the limelight, he has still found ways to keep himself busy. Although he is not regularly appearing in movies like he used to, he recently made a bizarre appearance at a wrestling match in Los Angeles (complete with moves inspired by Home Alone traps) as a guest performer. He has also become incredibly willing to poke fun at the earlier years of his career, even appearing in short films that directly lampoon his work as Kevin McAllister.
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