Donald Trump’s brief cameo in the classic Christmas epic Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was cut from a Canadian television broadcast of the film.
The movie, which has become a staple of the festive film season, was directed by Chris Columbus and released in 1992 as the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the original.
Starring the film’s iconic actors Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Tim Curry, Brenda Fricker, and Catherine O’Hara, Home Alone 2 sees Kevin McCallister stranded in New York City and fending for himself against The Sticky Bandits who recently escaped from prison.
While the usual names return for the project, the film also includes a surprise cameo appearance from the future President of the United States who bumps into Kevin McCallister in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel. Culkin’s character asks Trump for directions, to which he answers: “Down the hall and to the left,” in the 10-second clip.
Clearly proud of his appearance in the film, The Donald once told Deadline of his cameo: “It turned out to be a very big hit, obviously. It’s a big Christmas hit—one of the biggest. So it’s an honour to be involved in something like that, you always like to see success.”
This Christmas, however, Trump’s ego may have taken a slight dent as CBC decided to cut out his appearance in the film as they ran a broadcast on Canadian TV. Despite regular issues with Canadian President Justin Trudeau, CBC have insisted that the decision to remove Trump was purely down to advertising reasons.
Keen to distance themselves from a political conversation, a statement issued from a representative from CBC explained that the decision had nothing to do with politics: “As is often the case with features adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited to allow for commercial time within the format,” they said.
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