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Behind The Scenes: The Making Of Home Alone

Home Alone is one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time – and it’s one that you can watch with your whole family.


No matter how many times you see it, there’s almost always something you haven’t seen before or a detail that jumps out at you that you never noticed.

If you fancy looking at it this year with a pair of fresh eyes and some insider knowledge, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Christmas classic…


Hughes’ Nightmare

Did you know that the entire premise for the film came from writer John Hughes’ anxiety about potentially forgetting to bring one of his children on holidays?

While making a list of things he’d better not forget, he jokingly added the children to the list which led him to think about what might happen if such a scenario occurred in real life!

And so, a comedy-gold script was born.


Finding The Perfect ‘Kevin’

John Hughes was already familiar with Macauley Culkin’s work having cast him in the 1989 comedy Uncle Buck. He recommended the talented youngster to director Christopher Columbus, saying he would be perfect to play Kevin McAllister in Home Alone.

However, Columbus wanted to conduct a proper audition process and saw hundreds of children either in person or via tape. Eventually, he admitted defeat and went with Hughes’ first choice!