Before he was a one-term President of the United States, Donald Trump was perhaps best known by ’90s kids for his appearance in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Trump appears in the movie for just a few seconds during a scene where Kevin asks for directions in The Plaza Hotel (which Trump owned at the time). And apparently director Chris Columbus fully didn’t want him there. In an interview with Insider, Chris said that Trump only agreed to let production film at the Plaza if he got to be in the movie.
“Trump said okay,” Chris said. “We paid the fee, but he also said, ‘The only way you can use the Plaza is if I’m in the movie.'”
He continued, “So we agreed to put him in the movie, and when we screened it for the first time the oddest thing happened: People cheered when Trump showed up on screen. So I said to my editor, ‘Leave him in the movie. It’s a moment for the audience.’ But he did bully his way into the movie.”
As People notes, Matt Damon has also spoken about Trump’s habit of bullying his way into films, telling The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 that “The deal was that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part. Martin Brest had to write something in Scent of a Woman — and the whole crew was in on it. You have to waste an hour of your day with a bullsh*t shot: Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, ‘Hello, Mr. Trump!’ — you had to call him by name—and then he exits… You waste a little time so you can get the permit, and then you can cut the scene out. “But I guess in Home Alone 2, they left it in.”
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