The CBC said the president's seven-second appearance was edited out of the classic five years ago, before he ran for the White House.
Canadian broadcaster CBC is responding to renewed interest about why President Donald Trump doesn't appear in their rebroadcast of the Home Alone sequel. Viewers — and Trump himself — noted the cut after a Dec. 15 airing in Canada.
The CBC, on Monday, said it first edited out Trump's seven-second cameo from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York for a Christmas holiday broadcast five years ago, before he ran for the White House.
The 2014 edit to the 1992 John Hughes movie was done to make way for commercial airtime on the TV rebroadcast, says the CBC. "As is often the case with feature films adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited for time. The scene with Donald Trump was one of several that were cut from the movie as none of them were integral to the plot," the CBC said in a statement to THR.
"These edits were done in 2014 when we first acquired the film and before Mr. Trump was elected President," the broadcaster added. In the sequel to the original 1990 film Home Alone, Trump appeared in a short scene in which he tells Macaulay Culkin's character, who is lost inside New York's Plaza Hotel then owned by Trump, how to get to the lobby.
Despite the CBC airing for five years a version of Home Alone 2 without the Trump cameo, the president took to Twitter on Thursday to troll Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the cameo removal following a Dec. 25 story in Comicbook.com that went viral on social media.
"I guess Justin T doesn't much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!" Trump wrote on his Twitter account about Trudeau, who had yet to be elected the Canadian leader in 2014.
The media coverage of political censorship alleged by Trump was also fanned by the U.S. leader's son, Donald Trump Jr., who took to his own Twitter account Thursday to add: "Pathetic: Canada's CBC under fire when Trump's cameo in 'Home Alone 2' disappears from Christmas broadcast."
The CBC in all edited out eight minutes from Home Alone 2 after acquiring the movie in 2014.
BREAKING: Disney is stopping production on its features until this whole coronavirus outbreak blows over. Those movie shoots include The Little Mermaid, Home Alone, The Last Duel, Nightmare Alley, and Peter Pan & Wendy and Shrunk.
No one has been effected on any sets by the coronavirus, it’s strictly a precaution.
Separately, we hear Sony has no feature productions occurring that are in need of pausing.
“While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time. We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible,” said a Disney spokesperson.
The live action take on 1989’s Little Mermaid from director Rob Marshall was set to go before the cameras next week in London. Halle Bailey, Awkwafina, Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, Daveed Diggs and Jonah Hauer-King star.
Last night, news broke that the first unit Australian production of Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Rings as director Destin Daniel Cretton decided to self isolate himself out of safety for his newborn baby. That movie is set for a Feb. 12, 2021 release.
Deadline broke the news that Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel was put on indefinite hiatus before its Ireland shoot. Scott is going into the editing room to assemble the one-hour-plus amount of the film he shot over 4 1/2 weeks. Pic’s release date stateside is Christmas with overseas rollout on Jan. 8.
Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley from Searchlight Pictures starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara was lensing in Toronto. The film, scripted by Kim Morgan, is based on William Lindsay Gresham's 1946 novel about a corrupt con-man who teams with a female psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money. Mara plays Molly, the closest thing to Stan's true love. He meets her early on and they take the act they learned from the circus to Chicago.
Shrunk is the feature reboot of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids starring Josh Gad and Rick Moranis, directed by Joe Johnston and produced by Mandeville Films.
David Lowery is directing Peter Pan & Wendy, a live action update of the J.M. Barrie novel starring Ever Anderson as Wendy and Alexander Molony as Peter Pan.
Home Alone is a movie designated for Disney+ from 20th Century Studios starring Ellie Kemper, Jojo Rabbit‘s Archie Yates, and Rob Delaney from director Dan Mazer. Production was occurring in Canada.
John Oliver made his return to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on March 29 after a brief hiatus due to the coronavirus, and the late night host wasted no time ripping Donald Trump for his “failed” and “irresponsible” response to the global pandemic. As Oliver said, “Again and again, Trump has failed to give this crisis the seriousness it deserves…It didn't need to be this hard. That is why it is so profoundly disheartening that we are being led through this crisis by a man who may be less equipped to deal with this historical moment than anyone in recorded history.”
“It's critically important for America to be getting a clear, consistent message about the severity of the threat we're currently facing,” Oliver added. “That is the only way we will be able to manage this virus, contain casualties, and get back to something resembling normalcy.”
Oliver expressed criticism over Trump’s delay in responding to the coronavirus threat, noting that Trump could have helped solve the nationwide shortage in hospital masks and ventilators by enacting the Defense Production Act as early as late January or February. Had Trump made the move, he would have pushed companies like General Motors to produce supplies sooner. Oliver argued Trump waited too long, only to tell the country that his administration is ahead of the outbreak.
“It’s worth taking a moment to appreciate just how irresponsible that attitude is,” Oliver said. “Because we wasted so much time that we could have spent preparing, the virus is now widespread. And thanks to how we have massively botched the rollout of testing the virus, we still don’t know how exactly how bad things are.”
Oliver added, “For once, something has come along that is more toxic and more threatening that this president.” The television host concluded by saying he is “rooting for [Trump] to do this better,” pointing to how Ohio governor Mike DeWine and New York governor Andrew Cuomo have responded.
The March 29 episode of “Last Week Tonight” was Oliver’s first since signing off for a hiatus on March 16. During that episode, Oliver blasted Trump’s coronavirus response as “catastrophic” and urged Americans to listen to the Center of Disease Control over the President when it comes to facts about the pandemic. Oliver said the White House’s response was a “complete mess” because of all the lies Trump has told the American people.
New episodes of “Last Week Tonight” air Sunday nights at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.