EntertainmentHunger Games' Josh Hutcherson reveals his lost chance at 'Home Alone' fame

Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson reveals his lost chance at 'Home Alone' fame

"Home Alone" brought immense fame to Macaulay Culkin.
"Home Alone" brought immense fame to Macaulay Culkin.
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9:13 AM EST, January 22, 2024

The journey of the charming character, Kevin McCallister, during his coming-of-age phase, captivated audiences worldwide. Culkin was only 12 when he first portrayed this character. The same year as the movie's premiere marked the birth of Josh Hutcherson, known for his role in the acclaimed series, "The Hunger Games". In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, Hutcherson revealed his attempt to get the role of the naughty boy. He couldn't be referring to the 1992 movie, but indeed, "Home Alone" had its sequels.

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"I was probably 11 when I auditioned for this role. It came down to me and another boy at the final stage of casting. This marked my first rejection, which was difficult," the actor admitted during his interview with BuzzFeed.

Most likely, Hutcherson, who was about 10 years old, auditioned for "Home Alone 4" by Rod Daniel. He would have been too young for "Home Alone 3: Alex's Day Out" - the third part of the series that happened in 1997. As such, the "other boy" to whom he referred could be Mike Weinberg, who, like his predecessor, defended the family estate from a duo of criminals played by Missi Pyle and Erick Avari.

Hutcherson made his screen debut at the age of 11 in 2003, in the film "The Dog Who Saved..." directed by Craig Clyde. Although he appeared in many productions before this, he gained mainstream recognition for his portrayal of Peeta Mellark in the "The Hunger Games" series from 2012 to 2015. His latest film, "The Beekeeper" by David Ayer, starring Jason Statham, was recently released in theaters.

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