One of the main actors in Home Alone has revealed how one of the film’s most famous scenes was created with a strong moral conscience at its heart.
After being accidentally abandoned in the iconic 1990 Christmas film, Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) is seen rifling through the belongings of brother Buzz when he discovers an air rifle, his pet tarantula, and most notably a framed photo of his beloved girlfriend.
In the photo, the girl is seen sporting a cheesy smile and an unflattering set of braces, prompting Kevin to mutter the immortal line “Buzz, your girlfriend! Woof!”
But as it turns out, the producers were keen to avoid the potential harm and shame that could be involved in using a photo of a real girl – and instead opted for a genius solution.
“[They] decided it would be unkind to put a girl in that role of just being funny-looking”, said Devin Retray, the actor who portrayed Buzz.
“The art director had a son who was more than willing to volunteer for the part. I think if he had known it would become the highest-grossing family comedy of all time, he might have had second thoughts about it.”
So there you have it, Buzz’s girlfriend was actually a young boy who has now become unwillingly written into the annals of cinematic infamy.
The brilliant anecdote was first recounted to Yahoo in 2013, but it has since re-emerged once more as the festive period comes around.
Earlier this year, Matt Damon also opened up on Donald Trump’s appearance in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, and claimed that his involvement was a condition of allowing the Trump Tower to feature in the film.