Donald Trump criticized “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” director Chris Columbus on Wednesday for claiming in an interview that Trump bullied him in the 1992 sequel.
On Trump’s social media platform Real SocialThe former U.S. president said Columbus and the production team “begged me to do a small role in ‘Home Alone 2.'”
“They rented the Plaza Hotel, which I owned in New York at that time. I was too busy and didn’t want to do this. “They were very kind, but most of all, they were persistent,” Trump wrote. “I accepted and the rest is history! This little cameo took off like a rocket and the movie was and still is a huge success, especially around Christmas time. “Every time it airs, people call me.”
Inside 2020 interview with Business Content, Columbus recalled that he and his crew “wanted to shoot in the lobby” of the Plaza because they “couldn’t rebuild” the New York hotel on a sound stage. They assumed they would just have to pay a fee to use the location, but Trump had another stipulation.
“The only way you can use ‘Plaza’ is if I’m in the movie,” Columbus recalled Trump saying. “So we agreed to put him in the movie, and when we showed it for the first time, a very strange thing happened: When Trump came on the screen, people cheered. So I told my editor, ‘Leave him in the movie.’ This is a moment for the audience.’ But he was bullied in the movie.”
Trump responded to Columbus’ statement by saying, “Nothing could be further from the truth.” “This cameo helped make the movie a success, but if they felt bullied or didn’t want me, why did they bring me in and keep me there for over 30 years? Because I was and still am great for the movie, that’s why! Just another Hollywood guy from the past trying to make a quick fix of Trump publicity for himself!”