The director of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” recently disclosed the unexpected reason behind retaining Donald Trump’s cameo in the beloved Christmas classic.
The 1992 film follows Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old, who mistakenly boards a flight to New York instead of Miami, where his family is spending the holidays. Spotting the Plaza Hotel from an advertisement, Kevin decides to stay there using his father’s credit card found in his bag.
During his visit to the hotel, Kevin encounters Donald Trump in the lobby and seeks directions, marking a brief but memorable cameo in the movie.
Director Chris Columbus revealed in a Business Insider interview that the decision to keep Trump’s scene stemmed from the audience’s enthusiastic reaction during the initial screening. He noted that viewers cheered when Trump appeared on screen, influencing the decision to retain the sequence.
Columbus detailed the circumstances surrounding Trump’s involvement, highlighting that the crew sought permission to film at The Plaza Hotel, owned by Trump at the time. Despite paying the required fee for location shooting, Trump stipulated his appearance as a condition for using the hotel.
Explaining the scenario, Columbus emphasized that obtaining access to New York locations typically involved paying a fee. When approaching The Plaza Hotel for filming in the lobby, Trump granted permission but insisted on featuring in the movie as part of the agreement.
The director’s revelation sheds light on the behind-the-scenes negotiations and the unexpected circumstances that led to Trump’s brief appearance in the iconic film.