Donald Trump has reacted angrily to the director of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’s accusations that he pushed his way into a now-famous appearance.
In a sequence shot at the Plaza Hotel, which he owned at the time, the former president made a brief appearance in the 1992 film.
Mr. Trump insisted on starring in the film if the hotel was utilized as a location, according to director Chris Columbus.
However, Mr. Trump stated that the producers were “begging” him to appear.
“I was very busy, and didn’t want to do it. They were very nice, but above all, persistent,” he wrote on his Truth Social platform on Wednesday.
“I agreed, and the rest is history! That little cameo took off like a rocket and the movie was a big success, and still is, especially around Christmas time,” he said. “People call me whenever it is aired.”
“If they felt bullied, or didn’t want me, why did they put me in, and keep me there, for over 30 years?” Mr. Trump added. “Because I was, and still am, great for the movie, that’s why!”
Mr. Columbus’ first statements were made in a 2020 interview with Business Insider, but they got increased attention on social media over the holidays.
The filmmaker stated that Mr. Trump requested a cameo appearance in addition to the standard cost for filming in the property.
He further stated that when Mr. Trump was revealed in screenings, people “cheered” and that it created a “moment” for the audience.
“We paid the fee, but he also said ‘the only way you can use the Plaza is if I’m in the movie’,” Mr. Columbus said. “So we agreed to put him in the movie.”
He also said people “cheered” when Mr. Trump was shown in screenings and that it became a “moment” for the audience.
But he added that he “did bully his way into the movie”.
Mr. Trump, however, said “nothing could be further from the truth”.
In the film, protagonist Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) checks into the Plaza using his father’s credit card, and Mr Trump graciously directs him to the lobby.
Mr. Trump has appeared in a number of television shows and films, including Sex and the City, Zoolander, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and Two Weeks Notice.