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Macaulay Culkin tells of his ‘disaster’ audition for Quentin Tarantino

‘I wouldn’t have hired me’

Macaulay Culkin has revealed he auditioned for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood but that it didn’t exactly go to plan.

Telling Esquire about his audition, the 39-year-old said: “It was a disaster. I wouldn’t have hired me. I’m terrible at auditioning anyway, and this was my first audition in like eight years.” The Home Alone star has kept himself out of the spotlight in recent years, appearing in only a handful of films – his latest being 2019’s comedy drama Changeland, directed by Seth Green.

Tarantino’s ninth feature film won two of its ten nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, with Brad Pitt picking up his first ever acting Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and the production team winning Best Production Design. Tarantino missed out on Best Picture to Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite.

In the same interview with Esquire, Culkin opened up about his relationship to Michael Jackson and the allegations of sexual abuse made against the singer, which were put under fresh scrutiny following revelations in the documentary Leaving Neverland last year. “Look,” Culkin said, “I’m gonna begin with the line, it’s not a line, it’s the truth: he never did anything to me. I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back. The guy has passed on.”