In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, Macaulay Culkin was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Starting off in his first role as Cy Blue Black in the Burt Lancaster film Rocket Gibraltar in 1988, Culkin quickly built on his fame with roles as Billy Livingstone in See You in the Morning and as Miles Russell in Uncle Buck, a movie written, directed, and produced by John Hughes. Soon, he found himself in one of the biggest roles of his career.
Culkin reunited with producer John Hughes in 1990 for Home Alone. Culkin portrayed Kevin McCallister, a child left at home when his parents leave Chicago. Initially, Kevin finds his freedom great. He’s not at all worried about the fact that he does not have any family at home. Since his brother treated him horribly and his parents didn’t defend him, he was quite glad to be free from his family. However, as time progresses, he comes into contact with two men who refer to themselves as the Wet Bandits.
The Wet Bandits attempt to rob Kevin’s house since they do not believe that anyone is home, but the boy has other plans for the criminal duo. This would not be the only time they face each other. The Wet Bandits would meet Kevin again in the sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. In this movie, Kevin accidentally boards a flight to New York City while the rest of his family flies to Miami. When Kevin accidentally arrives in New York, he feels free once again. He visits the home of his uncle because the house is abandoned and undergoing reservations. Once at his uncle’s house, Kevin ends up battling the Bandits once more.
Things have been very different for the former child star these days. Culkin’s not the same cute little kid that everyone grew to know. Instead, he’s struggled with issues, possibly substance abuse problems, that have led him down a more complicated path.
In September of 2004, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma authorities detained Culkin for finding about seventeen grams of marijuana on his person in addition to sixteen clonazepam pills and eight Xanax pills. Culkin told authorities he did not have a prescription for either. The driver of Culkin’s vehicle was charged with marijuana possession, improper lane changes, and speeding. Police found even more marijuana in a black bag. They also discovered six marijuana joints.
It seems that Culkin’s possible struggles with substance abuse might indicate that he could have needed help from drug rehab centers in Texas or other treatment facilities. It might have been tough to deal with all the fame Culkin experienced as a child and then grow into an adult with that childhood stardom behind him. Culkin ended up eventually pleading guilty to the charges. He received one-year deferred sentences on each of the charges and had to pay $540.
Assistant district attorney Greg Mashburn stated that the arrest was “a rare circumstance for Mr. Culkin” and believed that the young man “was not an abuser.” Yet, based on his behavior and appearance, the rumors continued. Rumors of a heroin problem surfaced during early 2012 with photos of him looking extremely thin. There were also allegations that Culkin was addicted to another drug, methadone.
However, Culkin has continuously stated there’s no truth to such rumors. In 2016, Culkin addressed such rumors. “Of course, when silly stuff is going on – but no, I was not pounding six grand of heroin every month or whatever,” Culkin said to the Guardian. He denied the need for drug rehab treatment because he didn’t do drugs, stating his belief that people only write about such rumors to gain attention and readers. Culkin also admitted that there might be a story he may wish to tell one day.
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