Iconic ‘SNL’ star was almost cast in ‘Home Alone’ – but he screwed up his audition

Macaulay Culkin isn’t the only (mostly) unknown actor being considered for “Home Alone.” (Credit: AP)

(NEXSTAR) – Like a layer of rusty paint sticking to the face, “Home alone” captivated audiences upon its release in 1990. The film became an instant Christmas classic, thanks in no small part to the humor of Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, John Candy, and a relatively unknown child actor by the name of Macaulay Culkin.

However, while the film was still being cast, director Christopher Columbus was considering one more comedy for his role as Santa – until he passed the audition.

In an interview with The Independent, Columbus confirmed that future “SNL” comedian Chris Farley had auditioned for the role, but “The audition didn’t go particularly well.”

According to Columbus, he and Farley had known each other and even attended the same church for a time. He’s “the sweetest guy in the world,” Columbus said, but he got to his audition early on Saturday morning because his outfit was a bit worse.

“He came in and I don’t think he went to sleep that night, so the audition didn’t go particularly well,” Columbus told the magazine in 2020. “I’m sorry. I thought he would be great in the movie but I love the guy who plays Santa. He’s very funny “.

The “boy” who eventually landed the role – Ken Hudson Campbell – was also auditioning on the same day as Farley, sharing his memories of that morning in Oral history of “Home Alone” compiled by Chicago magazine in 2015.

“Clearly, [Farley] was out all night and was just released after a freak night,” Campbell announced.

“He came in [for his audition] and walk right out. I felt like I went in and hit what I wanted to hit. A few weeks later, I got the call,” Campbell said.

But Farley, then a member of Chicago’s Second City improv group, didn’t stay anonymous for too long. Soon after he was passed on for “Home Alone,” he joined the cast of “SNL” for their 16th season in 1990, quickly becoming a breakout star. In fact, a few years later, Farley’s popularity caught the attention of a Hollywood studio looking for a star. a little Christmas movie called “Elf” nearly a decade before going into production with Will Ferrell replacing.

However, “Elf” screenwriter David Berenbaum appeared on a recent episode of “The Movies That Made Us” and explained that he didn’t quite sell the idea.

“They wanted to make this Chris Farley movie, which should have been another movie,” Berenbaum said. “A very different movie.” Iconic ‘SNL’ star was almost cast in ‘Home Alone’ – but he screwed up his audition

Dais Johnston

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