Macaulay Culkin Forgot The Rat King Was In ‘The Nutcracker’ With Him
The 1993 live-action adaptation of the iconic Tchaikovsky ballet, The Nutcracker, is a beloved classic in many households. Some fans are even waiting to see a crossover with other fan-favorite characters in the Tchaikovsky Balletic Universe, like Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. But there’s one person who doesn’t remember 1993’s The Nutcracker as well as the rest of us: Macaulay Culkin, who played the titular Nutcracker.
Recently, we interviewed Culkin about his role.
“What was it like dancing with the Rat King?” we asked.
“What Rat King? There wasn’t a Rat King in The Nutcracker,” Culkin replied.
However, there was.
The battle with the Rat King is a pivotal plot point in the show. Literally anyone who has seen the ballet and/or movie can attest to this fact. Even children who were forced to see the ballet during a school field trip and fell asleep know that there’s a Rat King.
“No, you had scenes with him. Here’s a photo,” we insisted. Culkin was shown a photo of his character banishing the Rat King. The actor looked at the photo, saying, “Yes, that’s me. But I have no idea who the other person is. I’ve never met him.”
“It’s the Rat King. You acted opposite him.”
“I don’t know. Sorry,” Culkin said as he handed back the photo.
“Do you really not remember acting opposite a rat?”
“Hm? What?” Culkin then walked away.
We reached out to the Rat King for comment, who said, “You know, I’m sad, but I’m not surprised. I guess you do a few Home Alone movies and all of a sudden you’re too famous to remember who you worked with in what.”
Culkin later purported to have never heard of nor worked with both Elijah Wood and his brother, Kieran.
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