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10 Things You Might Not Know About HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK

What kind of hotel allows Geek Dave to check-in alone?

1. The total budget for Home Alone 2: Lost In New York was $28 million. Almost a sixth of that went straight to Macaulay Culkin, who was paid $4.5 million to reprise the role of Kevin McCallister. This remains the biggest salary ever paid to a child actor for a single film, and a huge increase in salary for the 12 year old who earned $110,000 for the original.

Trust me, with that kind of money in the bank, he ain't traveling coach...

2. When Kevin gets on the New York plane and sits next to a French man, he asks him if he's ever been to Florida. The man responds in French. If you're not fluent in the language this is what he said...
"What's that? I'm from France and I'm a tourist here, it's my first time coming to America. Do you know a good restaurant? or maybe your parents they know a good place? why aren't you responding? you speak a bit of French right? I don't speak English at all, give me a bit of help at least. My name is Andre, what's your name?"
For the French release of the film, Andre's voice was dubbed into Spanish!

3. Much of Home Alone 2: Lost In New York was actually shot on location at the Plaza Hotel in a Central Park suite. The owner of the hotel at the time made several demands upon the production in order to sign-off on them using it. One was to write him into the film...

Yep, the owner was Donald Trump! Which explains the cameo. Never one to shy from a bit of self-promotion, Trump had a rule that if anyone wanted to film in any of his properties they had to write him in to the production. In most cases (like Scent Of A Woman & Suburbicon) the scene would then be cut, but, for reasons unknown, Home Alone 2 left his 'forceful' cameo in.

4. In another bit of shameless self-promotion, Trump also made the condition that the phone number given for the Plaza in the movie was an actual working number for the hotel.

To this day, the Plaza Hotel offers "The Home Alone 2 Experience" where guests can pay to stay in a room similar to the room Kevin stayed in, receive Home Alone gifts including the movies, and take a limo and see some of the filming locations including the toy store upon which Duncan's Toy Chest was based.

5. One thing Trump's Plaza didn't have, though, was a swimming pool! The pool scene was shot at the Four Seasons in Chicago, Illinois, due to the fact that the Plaza Hotel doesn't have a swimming pool located on-site.

(Not wanting to make this an overly Trump-centric article, we'll give you this nugget for free about the supposed wonderful deal-maker Trump is - He bought The Plaza Hotel from The Childs Company (now called Sonesta) for 407.5 million dollars in 1988, and then sold it to Saudi and Asian investors for 325 million dollars in 1995!)

6. The Talkboy cassette recorder was produced as a tie-in for the movie by Tiger Electronics based on specifications provided by John Hughes and the movie studio, and sold particularly well after the film was released on home video.

7. Kevin's $967.43 room service bill indicates that he ordered 2 chocolate cakes, 6 chocolate mousses with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream topped with M&Ms, chocolate sprinkles, cherries, nuts, marshmallows, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, whipped cream and bananas, 6 custard flans, a pastry cart, 8 strawberry tarts, and 36 chocolate covered strawberries.

8. The "pigeon attack" sequence was, according to Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, one of the worst experiences either of them have had, on a film set or otherwise. Hundreds of pigeons were trained over a period for some 12 weeks before shooting the scene. On the day, the crew covered the pair with real birdseed, and let about three hundred of the trained pigeons loose on them! Daniel Stern said a pigeon actually flew into his mouth trying to get the seed.

9. Home Alone 2 was novelized in 1992 to coincide with the film. In the beginning of the novelization, there is a prologue, which ends up being Marv's nightmare in prison. He and Harry sneak away from the cops and return to Kevin's house to seek revenge on the young McCallister. Kevin bolts into the garage with Marv and Harry in hot pursuit. Harry and Marv end up triggering extra traps that Kevin had set up, whilst Kevin watches as Marv ends up triggering a trap where a running lawnmower falls on his head (This was a trap actually featured in Home Alone 3).

10. Despite receiving mixed to negative reviews from critics, who found it to be overly similar to its predecessor, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York earned over $173 million in revenue in the United States and $359 million worldwide, against that aforementioned budget of $28 million. Worldwide, the film is the third highest-grossing film released in 1992, behind The Bodyguard and Aladdin.

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