Macaulay Culkin tearfully met with his on-screen mother at the ceremony held to announce his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Former child star of ‘Home Alone’ and its sequel honored at opening
Catherine O’Hara, who played her mother in both films in the 1990s.
In a heartfelt speech, O’Hara reflected on watching Culkin become a massive global star when he was just 10 years old.
“Home Alone was and always will be a beloved global sensation,” he said. “Macaulay Culkin is the reason why families everywhere can’t go a year without watching and loving Home Alone together.”
Home Alone was a huge box office hit when it was released in 1990, grossing $476.7 million (approximately 437 million Euros). Culkin and O’Hara returned in 1992 for the New York-set sequel Home Alone 2. Both have since become cult films and essential Christmas viewing for many.
“Yes, it had such an excellent script and a wonderful director,” O’Hara added, paying tribute, “But Macaulay’s excellent performance as Kevin McCallister gave us such a small part in an extraordinary adventure.”
Addressing Culkin, he said: “I know you work really hard, and I know you do, but you make acting seem like the most natural thing in the world to do. “It was like we ambushed this little guy named Kevin to make a movie and he agreed to do it for fun.”
He continued: “I believe you must have a certain quality, a talent, a sense of humour, which dear John Hughes clearly recognized in you as Macaulay. This is the mark of intelligence in a child and the key to survival at any age. This, as I see it, from Home Alone “You bring that sweet yet twisted yet relatable sense of humor to everything you choose to do.”
The two then embraced, with Culkin wiping away tears and O’Hara thanking him for including “your fake mother, who left you home alone, not once before, but twice” in the ceremony.
Natasha Lyonne, who starred with Culkin in the 2003 movie Party Monster, also spoke at the ceremony. “Mac, I’m so proud of you,” she said.
“I remember our first date at a bar on the Lower East Side. It was in the back, down the stairs, in a random, unnamed, who-cares spot. We were about to start shooting a true crime movie about the Michael Alig murders in the New York underground rave scene of the ’90s. You played Michael Alig, and I played Brooke, a member of your inner circle. We followed each other and I remember thinking: ‘This is my friend.’ And so were we.
Other attendees included Culkin’s partner Brenda Song and their two children, siblings Rory and Quinn, Party Monster co-star Seth Green, and goddaughter Paris Jackson.