Macauly flipping Culkin. Look at that puddum. You might know him from the Home Alone movie and sequel, and then some random stuff later in life. The dude has had quite the bumpy ride, but he's doing better these days. But his life has raised a lot of questions, especially about how young actors are treated in Hollywood and the field of entertainment. It's been 27 years after his breakout role. Here's what went down.
Culkin was born in August of 1980. He got his first big break in the John Hughes film Uncle Buck. But it was when he was nine that Culkin was cast in the movie that would mark his fame for life — Home Alone. This was about the time that...
Michael Jackson himself started showing an interest in Culkin. MJ was born in 1958, which would mean that he's about 31 at this time. He and Macauly were spending a lot of time together. Culkin was even featured in the music video for "Black and White." Culkin, as is very obvious, is white. That fact is less pertinent than that he was also real young.
His dad acted as his manager — one unrespected in industry circles — and his mother was just a pain. Dad was arrogant and a heavy boozer, and mom was overpowering. Eventually Culkin finally took it upon himself to leave them behind, for his own safety. At age 14, Culkin petitioned to be emancipated from them. He took his fortune with him, and booked it.
So the years between when Culkin and MJ met and hung out were... interesting ones. Culkin didn't have real parents, MJ didn't have real children. There's definitely a connection there. And Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, CA was the place where that connection was forged.
In 2005, Michael Jackson was on the receiving end of a rash of child molestation charges, and for being in possession of child pornography. Culkin testified in defense of MJ, saying that though he and the pop star had a unique relationship, it never ventured into sexual territory. He also went on the record as saying that he never witnessed any wrongdoing between MJ and any of the kids on the ranch.
He did have some other things to say about MJ. Culkin testified that, "He was very childlike. He liked doing the things we [kids] did." Culkin found his friendship to MJ comforting — like two kids playing with each other. After his emancipation, Culkin didn't return to the ranch for another three years.
Culkin took his $11 million fortune with him to Los Angeles, dropped out of high school before finishing his senior year, and married his sweetheart Rachel Miner. The marriage lasted less than two years, and was officially broken off in 2002. The kid is short on luck.
After the breakup, there was speculation that maybe Culkin had started dabbling in drug use. Images of him looking gaunt and malnourished and tired swirled on the Internet. He was even caught with marijuana and Xanax — minor offenses by today's standards, but back then would set the paparazzi ablaze.
Initially Culkin submitted a not guilty plea. He was released on bail for $4,000 Then he switched that to a guilty plea. He was hit with a paltry fine and a delayed prison sentence. That's when he decided to hop back into the acting world.
In 2006, Culkin's book Junior was released by Miramax. Junior is a quasi-memoir/novel/comic and thinly veiled autobiography. It touches on Culkin's troubles with his father, his fame, it goes into drugs in an elliptical fashion. Publisher's Weekly did not praise it, calling it a "self-indulgently infantile book [...] a novel in only the loosest sense." Though Culkin disavowed the main character as his roman a clef, there is little doubt that what he's expressing is his own experiences.
Well, to all things there is a season, and this might be the season of Culkin. This picture was taken in July of 2017, and the dude is looking pretty good! He looks fit, he's rocking a good hairstyle, he's still smoking cigarettes, but hey, we can't be perfect. At the time of the photo, Culkin was working on a film with Seth Green, but other than that took a little pride in not having much lined up for the future. And maybe that's okay — the guy's been through a lot.