When teen stars turn serious
Ten young actors come of age on the silver screen
Made his name with:
‘Home Alone’ (1990), in which the ten-year-old Mac played Kevin McAllister, the resourceful tyke who fends off a pair of ruthless burglars when his parents accidentally leave him at home over the Christmas holidays.
Got serious with:
‘Party Monster’ (2003), the true-ish tale of New York music-promoter-turned-manslaughterer Michael Alig, based on the wonderfully titled memoir ‘Disco Bloodbath’.
How did it pan out?
Not brilliantly. Culkin’s youthful demeanour had already begun to seem a touch creepy by 1993, and his fame had been usurped by younger siblings Kieran and Rory. ‘Party Monster’ remains his final notable film role, though thanks to appearances in Sonic Youth videos and the Michael Jackson funeral, he has stayed in the public eye.
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