It’s easy to look at Macaulay Culkin and only be able to see the bright-eyed, precarious little kid from “Home Alone,” but as it turns out, he was almost cast as one of the main characters in one of television’s biggest tv show’s, “The Big Bang Theory.”
In an interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Culkin claimed that the show’s producers basically begged him to be on the show.
“They pursued me for The Big Bang Theory,” he said. “And I said no. It was kind of like, the way the pitch was, ‘Alright, these two astrophysicist nerds and a pretty girl lives with them. Yoinks!’ That was the pitch. And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m cool, thanks.’ And then they came back at me again, and I said, ‘No, no, no. Again, flattered, but no.’ Then they came back at me again, and even my manager was like twisting my arm.”
Despite his distaste for the show’s concept, Culkin acknowledged its success. “I’d have hundreds of millions of dollars right now if I did that gig. At the same time, I’d be bashing my head against the wall,” he said.
According to People, the show’s cast comprised of Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have each been making $1 million per episode since its 8th season.