After the huge and surprising success of “Home Alone” in 1990, we were working on the sequel to the first movie just two years later, “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.” The year before, Macaulay Culkin had been featured in Michael Jackson’s music video “Black or White.” Although everyone was aware of their odd friendship, it was still shocking when he unexpectedly showed up on the set during filming one day.
We were shooting exterior scenes outside of the Home Alone house, when out of nowhere a windowless van rolled up. My mom said to me, “Look, a Michael Jackson impersonator.” As he walked closer I corrected her, “No, that’s the real Michael Jackson!” He was accompanied by several body guards and a little boy around five-years-old. I know, strange. I think it was the following year when Jackson’s child molestation charges came about.
Michael Jackson had nothing to do with the adults on set. He gravitated straight for his buddy, Mac and the other child actors that made up the Home Alone family. He was constantly covering up his face with one hand or another and was clearly very timid and shy. But he was also smiling the entire time and engaging with all of the kids. He even let my big brother from the movie, Buzz do an impromptu interview with his little camcorder. It was an interesting encounter and one I’m glad my Mom caught on camera or I wouldn’t believe it myself.