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Macaulay Culkin's Life Has Been More Bizarre Than Anyone Could Have Guessed

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Where has Macaulay Culkin been? Although his childhood acting heyday is far behind him, Culkin occasionally pops back up in the zeitgeist (and into our hearts) in a wide variety of contexts, whether it be with his surprising relationship with Mila Kunis or his exceptionally weird concept band that is a tribute to both The Velvet Underground and pizza. He is not alone on the list of child actors who stopped acting, but he does seem to have a certain je ne sais quoi about him that makes his intermittent public appearances extra special. 

The kid from Home Alone has not simply been marveling at the fortune he made as a child. He hasn't come forward with sexual assault allegations like other former child stars. And, despite some rumors about drug addiction, he seems to be doing more than fine now.

Let's explore what happened to Macaulay Culkin since those days when he was thwarting inept criminals and making millions in the process.

  • He Wrote A Book Entitled "Junior"

    Photo: Macaulay Culkin / Amazon

    Macaulay Culkin's not-novel, Junior, is hard to classify. When ABC News reported on it in 2006, they had such a difficult time summarizing it, so they opted to include the entire introduction of the book in their article. Junior takes on many literary (and non-literary) forms: a collection of vignettes, some stream-of-consciousness, and even cartoons. It is an autobiography, in many ways, as it's about a child star with daddy issues, and yet claims not to be.

    Perhaps the real title of the book says all it needs to say: Junior, or Oscar De La Mancha, The Wembling Warrior, and the People I Like the Least. Not A Novel. A written project from the normal, well adjusted and 'No I don't have issues with my father!' mind of … junior (meaning me)

  • He Was Cast In Season 10 Of 'American Horror Story'

    American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy announced in February 2020 that Macaulay Culkin would joining the cast of the horror anthology series for their tenth season. Culkin hasn't appeared in a substantial television series since his role as a voice actor in Robot Chicken

    Culkin will appear alongside Kathy Bates, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, Finn Wittrock, as well as retuning stars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. 

  • He Guest Starred In A Web Comedy That Spoofed ... Himself

    Photo: Jack Dishel / YouTube

    In the first episode of DRYVRS, Macaulay Culkin plays a sadist broken by abandonment issues who, along with creator Jack Dishel, is accosted by an armed robber. Culkin deals with the robber in a creative fashion before tying the man up in his basement. There are an abundance of not-so-subtle nods to Home Alone in this five-minute episode, like when he heats up a coat hanger to burn the attacker. Things get much darker than his childhood series, though, and that's the whole point.

    Culkin has done a number of similar projects that hearken back to his acting youth, but in a subversive and irreverent way. It seems to be quite cathartic for him, yet he'd be open to other stuff. He told The Guardian, "It suits my personality and sense of humor. But I would be game for something non-self-referential."

  • The Nature Of His Relationship With Michael Jackson Is Still Unclear

    In 2005, Macaulay Culkin took the stand as a witness in the defense of Michael Jackson during the pop star's child molestation trial. Culkin said the notion that Jackson ever molested him was "absolutely ridiculous."

    "He never molested me. I think I'd realize if something like that had happened." Culkin did admit to sharing a bed with Jackson, saying he spent the night at Jackson's home on numerous occasions before he turned 14. At the time, Culkin's recollection of the relationship was inconsistent with that of witnesses, including employees at Neverland Ranch.