Christmas is right around the corner, and that means everybody can start to get excited by all the traditions that come with the festive holiday. For some people, this could be walking around the neighborhood and looking at all the over-the-top Christmas decorations. For others, it could mean driving down to the grandparent’s home to spend the holiday season with the family. But for everyone, it means watching Home Alone.
The 1990 movie has become a Christmas classic, which sees a misbehaving and misunderstood eight-year-old boy accidentally left home alone (get it?) by his family, as they jet off to Paris for the holidays. At the time, Home Alone became an instant blockbuster, and at the end of it’s run in theatres, became the third-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide.
Such success instantly made a star out of the movie’s adorable lead actor, the then 10-year-old Macaulay Culkin, who played the cunning Kevin McCallister. Culkin was described as the most successful child star since Shirley Temple and has been fondly remembered as one of the most successful and beloved child stars of all time.
However, like we’ve seen countless times before, it seemed as if Culkin was never going to be able to replicate the success he found as a child star, and the actor soon started hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons.
On September 17, 2004, the fun-loving actor we’d all loved in movies like Home Alone, Richie Rich and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York was arrested in Oklahoma City for the possession of marijuana and two controlled substances. He pleaded guilty to the possession and the world watched as the actor’s life started to spin out of control.