Donald Trump bullied his way into Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, according the beloved sequel’s director Chris Columbus.
The filmmaker didn’t initially plan on including a scene featuring the future U.S. leader in the 1992 family holiday classic, starring Macaulay Culkin, but the cameo was a condition of renting the lobby of The Plaza Hotel.
“Like most locations in New York City, you just pay a fee and you are allowed to shoot in that location,” Columbus recalls to The Insider. “We approached The Plaza Hotel, which Trump owned at the time, because we wanted to shoot in the lobby. We couldn’t rebuild The Plaza on a soundstage.
“Trump said OK. We paid the fee, but he also said, ‘The only way you can use the Plaza is if I’m in the movie.’”