The Home Alone cast and crew have recalled Michael Jackson’s surprise visits to the set while filming sequel Lost In New York.
The Billie Jean singer was notably close pals with Macaulay Culkin, who stole the show in the first two films of the popular Christmas film franchise.
It turns out the star – who died in 2009, aged 50 – would pop up occasionally to see how the 11-year-old was doing, in 1991.
Celebrating the original film, which was released 30 years ago, set decorator Daniel Clancy spilled the beans on his appearance to Metro.co.uk.
‘The only celebrity that we had was Michael Jackson came and visited the set, but that was in the second one,’ he told us.
‘No one knew he was coming, this limo pulled up and Michael Jackson pulled out with a mask on. That was freaky. Macaulay Culkin got in the limo and they went to dinner, and they came back.
‘It was strange. It’s like, “What happened just there?” That was wild, and none of us knew.’
However, this isn’t the only time Michael rocked up – as he also appeared when the stars were rehearsing on a random Saturday, at the iconic Chicago home.
In fact, it was during their rehearsal of the scene where they legged it into airport vans that the Thriller star surprised them, leaving everyone shocked.
Devin Ratray, who played the iconic Buzz McCallister, lifted the lid on the moment Macaulay introduced them in said airport van.
‘He [Michael] came to the came to the house on a Saturday morning of all times,’ he laughed.
‘We were mad enough that we had to rehearse running outside of the house into vans at 7.30 on a Saturday morning in snowy, freezing Chicago, Illinois, and when we got there, Mac immediately peeled through the crowd of us getting out of one van.
‘He grabbed me and said, “Devin, I want you to meet somebody”. He pulled me to the one of the airport vans where we had to get in, the prop vans. Sitting in there out of the cold was Michael Jackson.
‘And this was, again, 7.30 in the morning, in freezing Winnetka in February. You don’t wake up that morning and run into Michael Jackson.’
Devin took the meeting with MJ and ran with it, taking the opportunity to include the icon in his own home movie.
Well you would, wouldn’t you?
‘This is 1992. I had a video camera, I was making my own documentary of Home Alone 2 at the time, as a young budding 15 year old filmmaker auteur,’ he said.
‘I had my video camera and Mac was hoping that I would ask him if I could videotape the two of them. I asked him if I could interview him and he very graciously said yes.
‘Later on, while we were rehearsing running out the door, Michael had to use the bathroom in the house, so we had cancel the rehearsal…. When he came out, Mac said this would be a good time for the interview.
‘I guess that’s what Michael said, so, standing in the living room of the Home Alone house, the actual living room where Macaulay peeks out the window at the end and sees the South Bend Shovel Slayer, Old Man Marley, hug his granddaughter, that’s the room where I – with my big VCR camera – interviewed Macaulay Culkin and Michael Jackson.
‘Well, I was interviewing Michael Jackson, but Macaulay just kept on jumping up and down, in the way, so I interviewed the two of them. That was a surreal Saturday, I’ll tell you.’
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