The pair had a very emotional reunion.
Macaulay Culkin was reduced to tears after reuniting with his Home Alone mother Catherine O’Hara at a ceremony to unveil his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On Friday (1 December), O’Hara gave an emotional speech at the presentation where she reflected on watching Culkin become a household name worldwide at the age of 10.
“Home Alone was, is, and always will be a beloved global sensation,” she said.
“The reason families all over the world can’t let a year go by without watching and loving Home Alone together is because of Macaulay Culkin.”
Released in 1990, Home Alone went on to make $476.7m at the box office. The pair then returned two years later for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
“Yes, he had a most excellent script and a wonderful director,” continued O’Hara, “But it is Macaulay’s perfect performance as Kevin McCallister that gave us that little every boy on an extraordinary adventure.”
Catherine O’Hara honors Macaulay Culkin at his Walk of Fame ceremony: “Thank you for including me, your fake mom who left you home alone not once, but twice, to share in this happy occasion. I’m so proud of you.” https://t.co/J2wXNVfbTv pic.twitter.com/wnwq9QerQu
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Macaulay Culkin reunites with Home Alone mum at Walk of Fame ceremony
She then turned to Culkin and said: “I know you worked really hard, I know you did, but you made acting look like the most natural thing in the world to do. It really was as if we had ambushed the home of this real little boy named Kevin to make a movie and he just went along with it for the fun of it.”
After speaking of his rise to fame, the Schitt’s Creek actress praised him for handling the pressures of being a global superstar at such a young age.
“This beautiful dear little 10-year-old boy was called a superstar, a moneymaker, one of the hottest leading young men in Hollywood by the world over. How does anyone survive that?
“Well, I believe he’d have to possess a certain quality, a gift that dear John Hughes recognised in you Macaulay – your sense of humour.
“It’s a sign of intelligence in a child and a key to surviving life at any age. And from what I see, you have brought that sweet yet twisted yet totally relatable sense of humour to everything you have chosen to do since Home Alone… I’m so proud of you.”
To end the speech, she thanked Culkin for including “your fake mom that left you home alone not once but twice”. After the pair hugged, Culkin wiped away tears.
Culkin then signed off his own speech with the iconic line “Merry Christmas you filthy animals.”
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