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'Home Alone 2': Fans call for Donald Trump's cameo to be removed from festive film

'I can’t believe one of the extras from 'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York' was kicked off Twitter,' joked one commenter

'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York', starring Macaulay Culkin, features a brief cameo from US President Donald Trump. Courtesy 20th Century Studios 
'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York', starring Macaulay Culkin, features a brief cameo from US President Donald Trump. Courtesy 20th Century Studios 

He might have had his account permanently suspended this week, but Donald Trump's name is still all over Twitter.

The outgoing US President's personal handle, @realDonaldTrump, was indefinitely suspended from the social media platform on Friday, with Twitter citing “the risk of further incitement of violence”.

In the wake of the news, the hashtag #DonaldTrump spread across the platform as users reacted to the suspension.

And, among the tweets is a growing campaign calling for the US president to also be removed from a family-favourite film.

Fans of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York are requesting that Trump's cameo in the 1992 comedy be erased, much like the entrepreneur's presence on Twitter.

The businessman and TV personality made a brief appearance in the popular follow-up to 1990's Home Alone, where he starred alongside Macaulay Culkin.

The child star, who plays Kevin McCallister in the hit comedy, can be seen asking Trump for directions in New York's Plaza Hotel in the film.

"Down the hall and to the left," is the president's sole line in the Chris Columbus-directed movie.

Following his social media suspension, Trump was referred to on Twitter as a “Home Alone extra” as fans called for his cameo to be deleted from future screenings of the film.

“Does anyone know if the actor from Home Alone 2 has a Twitter account?" one user joked.

“I can’t believe one of the extras from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was kicked off Twitter," another added.

Some users suggested filmmakers recast the role with Christopher Plummer, who stepped in to shoot All the Money in the World after Kevin Spacey was replaced following sexual assault allegations.

Others used Photoshop to replace Trump with other popular figures, such as Dolly Parton.

In an interview last year, filmmaker Columbus revealed Trump "bullied" his way into Home Alone 2.

The director wanted to film in The Plaza, which was purchased by Trump in 1988, to capture the authentic bustle of a hotel.

Trump insisted he make a cameo in return for letting the production shoot at the location, Columbus told Insider.

“People cheered when Trump showed up on-screen,” the director said. “So I said to my editor, ‘Leave him in the movie. It’s a moment for the audience.’ But he did bully his way into the movie."

Updated: January 11, 2021 04:34 PM

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