In an interview with Insider, the director revealed how hostile Trump was to get into the sequel to the hit comedy with Chris Columbus, who directed "Home Alone". According to Columbus, Trump insisted on appearing in Home Alone 2 as compensation for the filmmakers using the Plaza Hotel.
In the movie's sequel, "Home Alone" director Chris Columbus told Insider behind-the-scenes tale of Donald Trump's cameo. Columbus came back to also lead the sequel, "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," after directing the hit original. They had to seek permission from Trump to film in the Plaza Hotel's lobby because he owned it at that time. Columbus said it was only if he was in the movie that Trump decided to let them film in the lobby. Columbus said, "He threatened his way into the movie."
As many are conscious, in the second movie in the film, President Donald Trump made a short cameo: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
But according to the movie's director Chris Columbus, Trump "[bullied] his way into the movie".
Columbus was asked in an interview with Insider what he remembers from filming the Trump cameo.
The director clarified that you basically pay a fee at most locations in New York City and are only able to film at that venue.
"We approached The Plaza Hotel, which Trump owned at the time, because we wanted to shoot in the lobby. We couldn't rebuild The Plaza on a soundstage," he recalled.
"Trump said OK. We paid the fee, but he also said, 'The only way you can use the Plaza is if I'm in the movie.'"
So the execs decided to place the famous businessman in the film, and when it was screened for the first time, when he emerged on the screen, people allegedly cheered.
Columbus explains: "So I said to my editor, 'Leave him in the movie. It's a moment for the audience.'"
He then adds: "But he did bully his way into the movie."
A number of people have taken to Twitter to share their opinions on the interview, and the forum for social media is divided.
Twitter user Lula L Punch responded to the claim that he bullied his way into the movie, writing: "Always the bully. He's too silly to understand most people don't want him around so he just bullies his way in. @realDonaldTrump."
A more skeptical Twitter user said: "The director shot nearly the entire movie at The Plaza. Which @realDonaldTrump owned back then. So... highly doubt it. This guy is just trying to be relevant in the Hollywood Trump-hate parade."
The director shot nearly the entire movie at The Plaza. Which @realDonaldTrump owned back then. So...highly doubt it. This guy is just trying to be relevant in the Hollywood Trump-hate parade.— Janna Fite Herbison (@jannaherbison) November 13, 2020
Another agreed: "So the guy who owns the hotel says part of the deal is allowing him to make a cameo bullied his way into the film. They could have walked away. Spare me."
So the guy who owns the hotel says part of the deal is allowing him to make a cameo bullied his way into the film. They could have walked away. Spare me— jennifer matosziuk (@jmatosziuk) November 13, 2020