17 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About "Home Alone"

Impress your family with these fun facts, you filthy animal.

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When Home Alone (and Macaulay Culkin's iconic scream) graced movie theaters in1990, not even the creators knew how successful — and hilarious — it would be. And it still delights us to this day – especially since, upon its , members of the cast and crew revealed even more behind the-scenes secrets.

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1 The movie was inspired a by a real family trip.
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The movie's writer, the venerable John Hughes, was on his way to Europe for the first time with his family, and ,"What if one of the kids were left behind?" He jotted it down, and wrote the first draft of the movie's script in just nine days (!) after he got back home.

2 Robert De Niro was originally tapped for a starring role.
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The producers wanted him , one of the bumbling burglars, but he turned it down. It was Joe Pesci, De Niro's Goodfella's co-star, who accepted the gig in the end.

3 And Joe Pesci would entertain director Chris Columbus on set.
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Columbus to recite the "How am I funny?" speech from Goodfellas between scenes.

4 Chris Farley auditioned for the role of Santa, but didn't make the cut.
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We still think the Saturday Night Live legend would have made a good fit, but apparently .

5 And Kelsey Grammer was almost cast, too.
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The role of Uncle Frank was written for him, but he turned it down. eventually got the job as the wily uncle.

6 Snow was not in the film's budget — but then a blizzard happened.
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They , but after snow covered the entire set the second day of shooting, the producers had no choice but to call in the snow machines for the remainder of the film's production.

7 Angels with Filthy Souls' is not a real movie.

was a mock short created specifically for the scene where Kevin is hiding from the pizza guy. A similar fake sequel appears in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

8 No one knew Kevin's screaming face would become the film's most well-known moment.
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"The script called for Macaulay Culkin to put shaving lotion on and suddenly it burns his skin and he screams," . "We didn't know it was going to be the universal image for Home Alone."

9 Daniel Stern faked his scream during the infamous tarantula scene.

The actor who played the burglar Marv only agreed to have a tarantula on his face for one take. , because otherwise it would have frightened the spider.

10 The ornaments that Marv steps on are actually candy.
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saved his feet from a whole lotta pain.

11 None of the house scenes were filmed on a sound stage.
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The McAllister's home was filmed in a .

12 There was a "Home Alone" video game!

And the for the early '90s.

13 Pesci actually bit Culkin's finger in the scene where Kevin is hanging from the coat hook.
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"...during one of the rehearsals, he bit me, and it broke the skin," . And he's still as a memento.

14 The entire home was supposed to be evil.
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Columbus wanted the and chase Kevin in the dream sequence scene, but there wasn't enough money in the budget to do so.

15 John Candy improvised part of his monologue.

He also filmed his part of the movie .

16 The "Wet Bandits" didn't really flood the basement in the Murphy's house.

The scene was actually filmed at the , located in the same town.

17 The movie was met with world-record success.
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, "Home Alone" had a 12-week stint at number one. And it held the title as "top-grossing live-action comedy" (it it accumulated !) for over 20 years — until "The Hangover II."

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