NME Festival blog: Macaulay Culkin explains why he turned down a main role on ‘The Big Bang Theory’


“I’d have hundreds of millions of dollars now”

Macaulay Culkin has revealed that he turned down an offer to star in ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ when the show started up.

Speaking on the Joe Rogan Experience, the child star spoke about being pursued for a main role when the CBS comedy was beginning. “They pursued me for The Big Bang Theory and I said, ‘Noooo’”, Culkin said.

What put the actor off taking the role was the idea of working on a TV show. “The way the pitch was, ‘Alright, these two astrophysicist nerds and a pretty girl lives with them. Yoinks!’ That was the pitch,” he said. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m cool. Thanks.”

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“I’d have hundreds of millions of dollars right now if I did that gig,” Culkin noted, “At the same time, I’d be bashing my head against the wall.”

Macaulay Culkin has opened up on his experiences filming Home Alone, and why he struggles to watch the Christmas classic.

He also described the film as “background radiation at Christmastime” and admitted that people have asked to watch it with him, an offer which is “flattering and creepy.”

Meanwhile, despite strong rumours that ‘The Big Bang Theory’ would end after its forthcoming 12th season, new reports indicate that a 13th is still on the cards.

Lead actor Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, said that he would be happy to see the show end after 12 seasons. “I think at this point everyone’s very comfortable with 12 seasons being a good time to go home and see our families,” he said.





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