Home Alone 2 fans call for Donald Trump's cameo to be edited out after deadly Capitol Hill riot

Fans of the perennial holiday classic Home Alone 2: Lost In New York are calling for the removal of Donald Trump’s brief cameo.

The outcry followed the insurrection on Capitol Hill by an armed pro-Trump mob that left five people dead, including one police officer. 

The outgoing president is featured in a scene in which he points Macaulay Culkin’s character Kevin toward the lobby of the Plaza Hotel, which he owned at the time of the 1992 film.

Cut it out: Fans of Home Alone 2 called for outgoing President Donald Trump's cameo to be removed following Wednesday's deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill by an armed pro-Trump mob

Cut it out: Fans of Home Alone 2 called for outgoing President Donald Trump’s cameo to be removed following Wednesday’s deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill by an armed pro-Trump mob

The scene has outraged critics of the president since he was elected in 2016, but the violent riot at the Capitol Building last week has pushed criticism of the scene into overdrive.

‘I won’t rest until he is removed from that scene in Home Alone 2,’ wrote Matt Navarra on Twitter.

Andrew Hunter Murray escalated things by writing that Trump ‘should be tried, imprisoned, and digitally removed from Home Alone 2.’ 

Although technology makes it easier than ever to digitally remove a person from a film or even replace them, the scene serves no meaningful plot purpose and is brief enough that it could easily be edited out without damaging the film’s structural integrity. 

Violence: Wednesday's riot left five people dead, including one police officer, and many have blamed Trump for inciting the violence in a speech and tweets just before the riot

Violence: Wednesday’s riot left five people dead, including one police officer, and many have blamed Trump for inciting the violence in a speech and tweets just before the riot

Out of here: 'I won't rest until he is removed from that scene in Home Alone 2,' wrote Matt Navarra on Twitter

Out of here: ‘I won’t rest until he is removed from that scene in Home Alone 2,’ wrote Matt Navarra on Twitter

Lock him up: Andrew Hunter Murray escalated things by writing that Trump 'should be tried, imprisoned, and digitally removed from Home Alone 2'

Lock him up: Andrew Hunter Murray escalated things by writing that Trump ‘should be tried, imprisoned, and digitally removed from Home Alone 2’

Another Twitter user joked that ‘Donald Trump is the first cast member of Home Alone 2 to attempt a political coup.’

Others referenced Kevin Spacey’s digital erasure from the 2017 film All The Money In The World.

He played the oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, but after multiple men accused him of sexual harassment and assault he was replaced by Christopher Plummer.

‘Disney+ have announced that Christopher Plummer will now tell Kevin where the lobby is in Home Alone 2,’ wrote one user. 

Another person tweeted: ‘Tonight was so bad they’re gonna have to digitally replace Trump in Home Alone 2 with Kevin Spacey.’ 

Short scene: The president is featured in a scene in which he points Macaulay Culkin's character Kevin toward the lobby of the Plaza Hotel, which he owned at the time

Short scene: The president is featured in a scene in which he points Macaulay Culkin’s character Kevin toward the lobby of the Plaza Hotel, which he owned at the time

First: Another Twitter user joked that 'Donald Trump is the first cast member of Home Alone 2 to attempt a political coup'

First: Another Twitter user joked that ‘Donald Trump is the first cast member of Home Alone 2 to attempt a political coup’

Topical: Others referenced Kevin Spacey's digital erasure from the 2017 film All The Money In The World, where he was replaced by Christopher Plummer following sexual misconduct allegations

Topical: Others referenced Kevin Spacey’s digital erasure from the 2017 film All The Money In The World, where he was replaced by Christopher Plummer following sexual misconduct allegations

Having a laugh: Another joked that Trump's actions were so bad that even Kevin Spacey would be an improvement

Having a laugh: Another joked that Trump’s actions were so bad that even Kevin Spacey would be an improvement

Trump has made numerous film and television cameos throughout the years.

A short scene in Sex And The City features Samantha enjoying a cocktail at the bar as she looks over and sees the future president sitting at a table and have a business meeting over drinks, though Trump doesn’t drink alcohol in real life.

Trump and his wife Melania were featured in a brief scene in the 2001 Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander.

The documentary style footage was filmed at the red carpet of the VH1 Fashion Awards, where Trump was happy to speak about the fictional title character for the cameras. 

Odd location: Trump has made numerous film and television cameos throughout the years, like a short scene in Sex And The City where Samantha spies him at a table at a bar, though he doesn't drink in real life

Odd location: Trump has made numerous film and television cameos throughout the years, like a short scene in Sex And The City where Samantha spies him at a table at a bar, though he doesn’t drink in real life

Documentary style: Trump and his wife Melania were featured in a brief scene in the 2001 Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander where he talked about the fictional male model

Documentary style: Trump and his wife Melania were featured in a brief scene in the 2001 Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander where he talked about the fictional male model

He poked fun at his own image with a role in the 1994 film version of The Little Rascals, a rare time in which he didn’t play himself.

Instead, he played the father of the spoiled rich kid Waldo, who seen telling Waldo that he’s the best son ‘money can buy’ while talking on his cell phone. 

Trump has also made appearances on the soap opera Days Of Our Lives, and he infamously shaved off Vince McMahon’s hair during an appearance at Wrestlemania 23.

Although filmmakers may have tried to get cameos from the departing president because of his star power, he allegedly required people trying to film at his properties to write a small role for him.

While speaking with Insider in November, Home Alone 2 director Christopher Columbus said that Trump wouldn’t allow the production to pay a standard fee to shoot in the Plaza Hotel lobby, which he owned at the time.

Instead, he required that they give him a cameo.

‘We paid the fee, but he also said, “The only way you can use the Plaza is if I’m in the movie,”‘ Columbus recalled. ‘So we agreed to put him in the movie.’ 

Departure: He poked fun at his own image with a role in the 1994 film version of The Little Rascals, a rare time in which he didn't play himself

Departure: He poked fun at his own image with a role in the 1994 film version of The Little Rascals, a rare time in which he didn’t play himself

Not negotiable: Both Matt Damon and Home Alone 2 director Christopher Columbus claim Trump required productions to give him a cameo in exchange for permission to film on his properties; seen shaving Vince McMahon's head at Wrestlemania 23

Not negotiable: Both Matt Damon and Home Alone 2 director Christopher Columbus claim Trump required productions to give him a cameo in exchange for permission to film on his properties; seen shaving Vince McMahon’s head at Wrestlemania 23

At the time, the scene got cheers from early crowds seeing the movie, so Columbus left the scene in.

‘But he did bully his way into the movie,’ he added.

Matt Damon also claimed that Trump required scenes for himself in order to film in his buildings.

‘The deal was that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part,’ the Ocean’s 11 star told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 when he was asked if he’d ever met met Trump.

‘[Director] Martin Brest had to write something in Scent Of A Woman — and the whole crew was in on it. You have to waste an hour of your day with a bulls*** shot. Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, “Hello, Mr. Trump!” — you had to call him by name — and then he exits.’

source: dailymail.co.uk

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