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John Mulaney was active in the entertainment circuit, even as a kid. In fact, he was once in a sketch comedy group for children called Rugrats, per UCB Comedy. Perhaps because of this, he was approached by a talent scout who asked him to audition for the role of Kevin McCallister in the cult film franchise “Home Alone,” as reported by the Chicago Tribune. “Someone from a talent scouting place came and said, ‘There’s this new movie about this boy who wishes his family would disappear,'” Mulaney revealed on a 2016 episode of “Live With Kelly.” “And they asked my parents, ‘Would your son like to audition for it?'”
Naturally, neither Mulaney nor his parents could imagine how the film would blow up and impact pop culture. In fact, “Home Alone” grossed more than $285 million, according to Box Office Mojo, and vaunted its actors to stardom. Looking back on it now, the stand-up comic admits that he “could have never done a better job” than the “amazing” Macaulay Culkin, who played the main character in both “Home Alone” and its sequel, “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.” However, because Mulaney was so young at the time, his parents made the decision as to whether or not he could audition for the film … and they chose an odd moment to tell him their thoughts.
Source: Nicki Swift