8:59am PT by Katherine Schaffstall
Macaulay Culkin Recalls Filming 'Home Alone 2' at Rockefeller Center, Watching Original With Girlfriend
Macaulay Culkin reminisced about the Home Alone films when he visited The Tonight Show on Wednesday.
Host Jimmy Fallon began the interview by asking if Culkin had ever seen the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting. "Are you familiar with my work?" asked the actor. Fallon then remembered that Culkin's character Kevin McCallister visited the famous tree in Home Alone 2.
"I had to work at 4 a.m. as a 10-year-old. It was great," Culkin joked about filming at Rockefeller Center. "It was my favorite day as a child."
Fallon then called the holiday season "the hottest time to be Macaulay Culkin."
"I agree," said the actor. "I do get recognized more this time of year, I think."
Culkin also noted that both Home Alone and its sequel are hard to avoid during the season. "It's something that's there. It's like a thing," he said. "It's like you got a new girlfriend and you're flipping through the channels and there's Home Alone. And she's like, 'Huh. You want to watch it?' And you're like, 'You want to watch Home Alone with Macaulay Culkin, don't you?'"
He admitted that he has "indulged" in watching the films. "Most of the time I'm just muttering the lines under my breath. Like, 'Keep the change, you filthy animal,'" he said. "Listen, whatever gets her motor running, I guess."
Later in the interview, Culkin revealed that he plans to legally change his middle name.
"I was staring at my passport recently and stuff and I was looking over my middle name. My current middle name is Carson," he said before he stated his full name with an Irish accent. "I thought, 'You know, I should probably spruce up my name a little bit.'"
Culkin shared that fans can vote for his new middle name on his lifestyle website BunnyEars.com. The five options fans can weigh in on are "Macaulay Culkin," "Shark Week," "Kieran," "The McRib Is Back" and "Publicity Stunt."
Fellow Tonight Show guests Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T later joined Culkin and Fallon in a game of Virtual Reality Pictionary. Fallon explained that the game works like Pictionary, "except the person who's drawing will be wearing one of these virtual reality headsets."
Fallon was up first and attempted to draw a nutcracker. "Wow, I am having a real hard time," said Culkin as he struggled to guess what his partner was drawing. "Is it Jesus?" Culkin later guessed that he was drawing a peanut, to which Fallon clued him in that he was close. The actor took his guess in the wrong direction, though, when he listed off Peanuts characters like Charlie Brown and Snoopy.
Ice-T was next to draw and tried to depict an image of scuba diving. He drew a boat with a person swimming under it, and Hargitay correctly guessed the term. "That's what 20 years will get you," she said about the teamwork with her Law & Order: Special Victims Unit co-star.
Culkin next attempted to draw the North Pole. Fallon quickly guessed the correct place after Culkin drew a globe and pointed to the top of it.
Hargitay revealed that her word was a movie before she drew clues to describe the film Snakes on a Plane. Her drawing consisted of a plane with squiggly lines floating around it. After Ice-T failed to guess the correct answer, he said, "Nobody saw that movie."
Fallon concluded the game by trying to draw Puff the Magic Dragon, which he described as a song, a book and a cartoon. The host's drawing of a dragon wasn't good enough to help the players guess the term, so the game ended in a tie.