Macaulay Culkin, with his friend Adam Green, posing in front of a mural in his NYC apartment. And, yes, the former child star has a giant Crayola crayon with his brother’s name on it. (Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine)
As a “man in his mid-30s who’s essentially retired,” Macaulay Culkin doesn’t have to do interviews. But to help promote his BFF’s movie Adam Green’s Aladdin, in which he has a cameo, the child star turned artiste opened his home to his favorite magazine, New York — and the Downtown Manhattan apartment sounds like a magical mystery tour of oddities.
The Home Alone star answered the door to the “massive, sun-filled lower-Broadway loft” in jeans, a flannel, and bare feet, then quickly disappeared and reemerged wearing bunny ears. “Easter’s the one time of the year when you can buy bunny ears, so you gotta stock up,” he told the writer.
Well, of course it is. They sat at the dining table, which was covered in items, which, if happened upon during a scavenger hunt, would be the ultimate, game-winning find.
“There are several king-size boxes of crayons, dozens of markers, dice, safety pins, piles of scribbled-on index cards, a stolen airplane-safety card, bottles of Wite-Out, bottles of red nail polish, empty cigarette packs, a Ping-Pong ball precariously perched atop a red candle, a mostly empty bottle of tequila, a full bottle of orange Gatorade, a Saturday Night Live photo album (it’s filled with Polaroids from when Culkin appeared on the show in 1991; David Bowie was a musical guest), and a big heap of weathered, variously sized Moleskine notebooks,” which house Mac’s jokes about lemons and stuff, the article said.
He shrugged off the potpourri of curiosities — also including a small wooden rabbit figurine he was in the process of “proudly” transforming into a “rabbit-turtle” — by saying, “I like hosting people. I like letting people make themselves at home.” No word on what he serves them when they come over, the only food in his kitchen, according to the interviewer, were “boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios and Cinnabon cereal.”
The “essentially retired” star, who spends his days “whatevering” (meaning? “I kind of go where the wind takes me a little bit”), bought the apartment in 1999 when he was 19. At one point, he and Green — whose new movie is about a musician who’s lost his groove until finding a magic lamp that 3-D-prints ecstasy tablets — moved out all the furniture and transformed it into an art studio when they were prepping for an art show.
Here’s video of the apartment as it was in 2012:
Culkin told New York mag, which he’s given several exclusives to over the years, that the neighborhood has changed a lot. New York University bought up much of the real estate and the Wiz (as in the electronic store chain: “Nobody beats the Wiz”) long ago went out of business. But he doesn’t go out much anyway.
“I’ll take walks at two or four in the morning, because there’s nobody out on the streets and it’s easy for me to go unnoticed,” he told the mag. Though he’s recognized constantly.
“Even if I don’t get bugged, it’s looming, it’s there.” And the paparazzi can only stalk him in NYC half the year now. The rest of the time, he’s in Paris, where people recognize him but “just don’t care. I was like, ‘Where have you people been my entire life?’ ”
Mac out in NYC last month. (Photo: AKM-GSI)
Though he did have one rather unbelievable encounter in a Paris coffee shop where he asked for the Wi-Fi password.
“A waitress just gave it to me and walked away — their Wi-Fi code was ‘Macaulay Culkin.’ When she came back, I said, ‘I like your Wi-Fi code,’” he recalled. “She goes, ‘Thank you,’ and I say, ‘C’est moi.’ She turned white and brought over the owner of the place, who said, ‘I knew you’d come here someday.’”
Funny, the guy doesn’t have his own Wi-Fi, but if he emptied his pockets he’d probably produce everything but.