Donald Trump ‘photobombed’ the Home Alone 2: Lost In New York set in 1992, to secure his infamous cameo in the Christmas film.
The President of the United States made the briefest of appearances in the sequel of the 1990 festive classic – which saw Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) once again separated from his family, but this time he accidentally got on a plane to New York instead of joining everyone in Miami.
The youngster ended up at the Plaza hotel, where he caused chaos with the hotel staff, and bumped into the businessman – and then-owner – in the lobby.
Giving Metro.co.uk the gossip about everything that went down on the shoot, cinematographer Julio Macat branded him a ‘ham’.
‘We shot at the Plaza Hotel, which at the time was run by Trump,’ he told us. ‘He was such a ham.
‘He would be around the filming, we filmed in the hotel, we stayed there for almost a month and a half, at the Plaza.
‘We filmed in their lobby and he was around, and he had to be in the movie, he had to photobomb the shoot one day, and came walking in with his entourage, and wanted to walk through the shot.
‘Of course we said yes because we’re filming in his hotel. As he does the shot, he turns the looks to the camera, so you could really see his face.’
It is common knowledge that if you filmed in a property owned by Trump at the time, you had to give him a role in the project.
Director Chris Columbus opened up about the experience, explained that he ‘bullied’ his way into the proceedings.
Speaking about the sequel, he told Insider: ‘Trump said okay. We paid the fee, but he also said, “The only way you can use the Plaza is if I’m in the movie.”
‘So we agreed to put him in the movie, and when we screened it for the first time the oddest thing happened: People cheered when Trump showed up on screen. So I said to my editor, “Leave him in the movie. It’s a moment for the audience.”
‘But he did bully his way into the movie.’
The sitting President has made several other appearances on films and TV shows – including Zoolander, Two Weeks Notice, Sex And The City.
As well as this, he also hosted the Apprentice for 11 years before pursuing his political career.
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