13 things you never knew about the Home Alone movies

Eleanor Jones
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From Cosmopolitan

1. The picture Kevin finds of 'Buzz's girlfriend' was a picture of a boy made up to look like a girl

Director Chris Columbus thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a girl like that. The boy that was used in the photo was actually the art director's son!

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2. Joe Pesci (who played baddie Harry Lime) deliberately avoided Macaulay Culkin on set

He wanted Macauley to think he really was mean.

3. Daniel Stern (the other baddie, Marv) agreed to have the tarantula put on his face for exactly one take

He had to mime screaming because the noise would have scared the spider, and the scream was dubbed in later. How thoughtful!

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4. In the scene where Harry bites Kevin's finger, Joe Pesci actually bit Macaulay Culkin

He left a scar on his finger!

5. The line "You guys give up, or are you thirsty for more?" was improvised

6. The movie that Kevin watches on video tape isn't actually a real film, but footage specially created for the movie

It was called Angels With Filthy Souls. Along with other similar era references in the movie, this is a play upon the movie Angels with Dirty Faces starring James Cagney.

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7. Macaulay Culkin drew the map that he uses to set up the traps

8. The famous movie poster for the film with Macaulay Culkin screaming is based on the Edvard Munch painting, The Scream

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9. Macaulay Culkin was paid a whopping 4.5 million dollars to star in Home Alone 2

That's the biggest paycheck ever to a 12 year-old child. Yowzer.

10. The Talkboy was originally conceived as a non-working prop for Home Alone, used by Macaulay Culkin's character

In 1993 it was made into a retail version, brought on by a massive letter-writing campaign by young fans of the film.

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11. Several of the cameras froze during production of Home Alone 2 because it was THAT cold

12. Throughout the course of the film, Marv steals seven items in broad daylight

Mittens, one scarf, one cowboy hat, one wrapped present, earmuffs, a beanie and a handful of change from the bell-ringer's kettle. Classic Marv.

13. Entertainment Weekly had a doctor analyse the real-life injuries Harry and Marv would've suffered

Bricks to the face would have caused "at best, brain damage; at worst, death." Whatever happened to suspending disbelief, guys?!

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All facts courtesy of IMDB

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