'It Was A Disaster': Macaulay Culkin Auditioned For 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood'

Macaulay Culkin has graced the cover of Esquire's March issue, where he discussed stepping back into the spotlight, as well as his late friend Michael Jackson.

Since his days as the mischievous Kevin Macalister in 'Home Alone' and Richie Rich throughout the '90s, Macaulay Culkin has remained quiet in the decades since, instead choosing to focus on his musical projects.

Now, the 39-year-old is making his Hollywood come back, and what better way to kick off his restarted career than by auditioning for Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon In Hollywood'?

Well, according to the former child star, things didn't exactly go as plan when he tried his luck for a role in the critically-acclaimed flick.

“It was a disaster," he admitted to Esquire. "I wouldn’t have hired me. I’m terrible at auditioning anyway, and this was my first audition in like eight years.”



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He did land a role in 2019's 'Changeland,' which he said had been a refreshing change of pace.

“No matter how much I act like a curmudgeonly old man, it’s still fun to get back in the saddle once in a while and play around,” he said of the role.

In wake of the recent documentary 'Leaving Neverland', Culkin also spoke out about his late pal Michael Jackson. The pair were close friends when Culkin when was 10-years-old and Michael was 32. Culkin also gave a testimony at the singer's 2005 trial.

“Look. I’m gonna begin with the line -- it’s not a line, it’s the truth: He never did anything to me," Culkin began.

"I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back,” Macaulay said.

"The guy has passed on. If anything -- I’m not gonna say it would be stylish or anything like that, but right now is a good time to speak up. And if I had something to speak up about, I would totally do it. But no, I never saw anything; he never did anything.”

He then went on to tell an anecdote about an awkward run-in with fellow actor James Franco, which lead to Culkin shutting down any discussion about the "Beat It" singer.

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“Here’s a good Michael Jackson story that doesn’t involve Michael Jackson at all: I ran into James Franco on a plane,” Culkin said.

“I’d bumped into him two or three times over the years. I give him a little nod as we’re putting our bags overhead. Hey, how you doing? Good, how ya doing? And it was right after the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary came out, and he goes, ‘So, that documentary!’ And that was all he said. I was like, ‘Uh-huh.’ Silence. So then he goes, ‘So what do you think?’'

He continued, "And I turned to him and I go, ‘Do you wanna talk about your dead friend?’ And he sheepishly went, ‘No, I don’t.’ So I said, ‘Cool, man, it was nice to see you.’”

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