Macaulay Culkin Turned Down The Big Bang Theory Three Times
He also talked about how he's going to have "tiny little Asian babies" with his girlfriend Brenda Song.
During an interview on The Joe Rogan Experience, Mac revealed that he was "pursued" for a role on the hit sitcom, which will go into its 12th season later this year and has spawned a spin-off series, Young Sheldon.
While he didn't say which role he was offered, he was very clear about the fact that he had to turn them down three times before they got the message.
“I said no," he said. "It was kind of like, the way the pitch was, ‘Alright, these two astrophysicist nerds and a pretty girl lives with them. Yoinks!’ That was the pitch. They were like, ‘We’ll get some real physicists to do the math,’ but I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m cool, thanks.’ And then they came back at me again, and I said, ‘No, no, no. Again, flattered, but no.’ Then they came back at me again, and even my manager was like twisting my arm.”
So, does Mac regret turning down the role? Nope!
He went on to say: “I’d have hundreds of millions of dollars right now if I did that gig. But at the same time, I’d be bashing my head against the wall.”
He's not wrong -- the stars of the show have been making a very chill USD$1 million an episode since season eight.
It's not the first time Mac's talked about turning down roles he didn't like, either.
Back in 2003, while he was promoting his roles in indie films Saved! and Party Monster, he was vocal about only taking on roles he was really feeling.
"Most of the offers I get from Hollywood are for teen comedies," he told Paper mag at the time.
"My manager thinks I'm crazy for turning down all that money, but I'm very picky. I'd made enough money by the time I was 12 to never have to work again, so it's not about a big cheque with me. It's about finding unique, one-of-a-kind films that I would want to see myself. I think Party Monster is one of those."
So what's Mac up to these days? Well, he recently started his own podcast called Bunny Ears. Co-hosted by comedian Matt Cohen, the duo chat have chatted across all kinds of topics in their 35 episodes, and featured guest stars like Mac's girlfriend and former Disney starlet Brenda Song.
On the topic of Brenda, he told Joe that the couple were serious, and revealed that they'll probably have children together soon.
“This one’s a good one," he said of his girlfriend.
"I’m probably going to put some babies in her in a little bit," he added, laughing. "I mean, we’ve definitely been practicing.”
Veering quickly from a lighthearted lol to a real 'yikes' moment, he continued:
“I’m going to have some pretty babies. She’s Asian, so I’m gonna have tiny little Asian babies. It’s going to be adorable -- a bunch of Sean Lennon’s running around the house, that’s what I’m looking for.”
Sean Lennon, of course, is the son of the late-Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
You can watch the full interview with Mac above, where The Big Bang Theory talk starts around 39:48.
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