Quotes by: Macaulay Culkin
Culkin at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009
||Macaulay Carson Culkin
August 26, 1980
New York City, New York, U.S.
(m. 1998; div. 2002)
||Rory Culkin (brother)
Kieran Culkin (brother)
Bonnie Bedelia (aunt)
||The Pizza Underground
I write a good amount. I've been gathering up a backlog of stuff and maybe I'll do something with it someday, but I don't want to talk about it just yet because that would jinx it.
People still recognize me all the time on the street. The first thing they say when they stop me is, 'Where have you been?' The second comment they make is always, 'Oh, you've grown up.'
Michael Jackson and I talk all the time. I think we understand each other in a way that most people can't understand either of us.
I don't even know how to define myself. I'm a person who writes. It's something I enjoy, and hopefully people enjoy it as well.
I have a lot of growing up to do, or a lot of growing down. I think that's probably more appropriate.
If I find cool, open-minded people, want to do unique one-of-a-kind kind of project, I'll do it as long as I can.
I'd made enough money by the time I was 12 to never have to work again.
I have no control over people's perceptions of me at all and that's one of the things I decided very early on is that I can't control the way other people think of me. All I can do, especially when it comes to my career is go out there and do cool unique kinds of things.
It's a place where I could do something on a weekly basis and see if I like it.
Oh wow, you know what's wrong with all these families on TV? All these kids say stuff no kid would say. Stuff grown-ups want them to say. Man, I'd make a really realistic family. Where kids get spankings. On TV parents say, 'Oh, you shouldn't do that ever again. Now you can have ice cream.' Forget it.
I'm the most out-of-work actor I know. In the last two years I've basically taken meetings for a living.
A lot of people meet me and they're like, 'Why aren't you crazy?'
I could have gone the route of a lot of these former child actors, but I didn't want that for myself. Like I said, when I was 14 years old, I decided to quit. I didn't ever want to do it again.
Acting found me. I thought maybe I should try to find it again. We'll see.
I'm doing naughty things, I'm drinking too much, I'm going to clubs. It really didn't matter to me, other than the fact that some parents wouldn't let their kids hang out with me.
There's more to me, you know? I'm not Macaulay Culkin, 'Home Alone' kid. I'm Macaulay Culkin... actor.
I lead a simple life. I feed the fish. I walk the dogs. I cook dinner. Occasionally I take a meeting.
I did 14 movies in six years, I had a cartoon TV show, and I don't want to do that again. I just want to make unique pieces of art. That's why I quit everything when I was 14 and sat around for eight years before I did another movie.
I don't mind if somebody comes up to me and shakes my hand, but if I'm in the middle of a restaurant and somebody asks me for a picture, I can be a jerk and say no, or I can say yes and draw more attention to myself, which is exactly the opposite of what I want.
Much like anyone with too much time on his or her hands, I feel as though I am the most important person on earth and everything I do is relevant. I say the most charming and inspired things when no one is around.
Because of what I did when I was 10 years old, I'm not living from paycheck to paycheck, and I can do things because I want to do them.
They put it on the page because it sounded good or it looked good or they read it in a book somewhere that this is how you structure a script or something, and they just don't get it. It's surprising.