If It Wasn’t For Chevy Chase Being A Dingus, Home Alone Would Have Been Way Different
Home Alone might be the perfect Christmas movie. It has something for everyone, from Culkinesque antics for the kids to the sadistic torture of two petty criminals for your weird law-and-order uncle. And Home Alone almost turned out to be a completely different film, but it was saved by a force as inevitable and inexorable as the ebb and flow of the tides: Chevy Chase being a grade-A malcontent.
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In the ’80s, a young Chris Columbus, screenwriter of Gremlins and The Goonies, was given a big break by legendary director John Hughes, who offered him the gig to direct National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. For Columbus, it was a dream come true … until he met his leading man, Chase. They immediately got off on the wrong foot, with Chase assuming Columbus was his assistant at first and barely changing that attitude after finding out he wasn’t. And it only got worse from there.
Columbus had some unique ideas on how to make this family movie. Thankfully, they were what turned Home Alone into the classic it is today. For example, Columbus came up with the creepy, intimidating man who turns out to be kind and heartwarming — which is one way to process your feelings about Chevy Chase, we guess.