Why Donald Trump Was Cut From ‘Home Alone 2’ Rerun in Canada

Before Donald Trump became the leader of the free world, he was a bit of a television and film star. He appeared in shows such as The Apprentice and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and a laundry list of movies — including Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which has been airing nonstop during the holiday season. But when the film aired on a CBC broadcast on Dec. 25, his cameo was missing. Why was it removed?

President Donald Trump talking to the press in 2019
President Donald Trump talking to the press in 2019 | Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The reason the scene got cut

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recently opened up about the decision to cut Trump’s cameo from the 1992 flick. In the scene, the main character, Kevin, once again gets separated from his family and winds up in New York. He asks Trump for directions to the lobby in Manhattan’s famous Plaza Hotel, a property that the business mogul used to own.

“Down the hall and to the left,” Trump replies.

While some assumed the decision was politically motivated, that’s reportedly not the case. In a message posted to Twitter, CBC Head of Public Affairs Chuck Thompson said there’s no dramatic reason behind the cut.

“CBC’s airing of Home Alone 2 was edited for time,” he wrote on Dec. 26. “This happens regularly with films adapted for television. The scene with Donald Trump was one of several that were cut from the movie as none of them were integral to the plot. These edits were done in 2014.”

Thompson told CNBC that a total of eight minutes was cut from the movie. The outlet notes that movie scenes are sometimes shaved to fit in more commercials.

In response, Trump joked on Twitter, “I guess Justin [Trudeau] doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!” He added: “The movie will never be the same! (just kidding)”

Trump recently addressed his role in the film

When asked whether Home Alone 2 is his favorite holiday film during a video chat with military troops on Dec. 24, Trump raved about its replay value and what an “honor” it is to be part of the movie.

“Well, I’m in Home Alone 2, and a lot of people mention it every year, especially around Christmas,” Trump told the troops. “They say, ‘I just saw you.’ Especially young kids, they say, ‘I just saw you on the movie.’ They don’t see me on television as they do in the movie. But it’s been a good movie and I was a little bit younger, to put it mildly, and it was an honor to do it.”

“And it turned out to be a very big hit. Obviously, it’s a big Christmas hit, one of the biggest, so it’s an honor to be involved in something like that,” he continued. “You always like to see success.” 

He’s definitely right about that. While the film didn’t exactly match the success of its predecessor — 1990’s Home AloneHome Alone 2 did earn favorable reviews and brought in nearly $400 million at the global box office.

It’s not the first time he’s been cut from a film

Trump had a cameo in 1992’s Scent of a Woman, which was also filmed on one of his properties. However, his scene ultimately did not make the final cut. As Matt Damon told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017:

“The deal was that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part. [Director] Martin Brest had to write something in Scent of a Woman — and the whole crew was in on it. You have to waste an hour of your day with a bullsh*t shot: Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, ‘Hello, Mr. Trump!’ — you had to call him by name — and then he exits. You waste a little time so that you can get the permit, and then you can cut the scene out. But I guess in Home Alone 2 they left it in.”

Well, not on CBC, LOL. But the full film is available on Disney+, as of writing. You’re welcome.

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