Macaulay Culkin went from massive child star to kind-of a weirdo that you’re reminded still exists every holiday season when someone slips Home Alone into the DVD player. But he seems fine with that. However, there was a moment in time when he could have gone from child star to weirdo to multi-millionaire CBS sitcom actor. The only thing stopping him was himself.
People says Macauley revealed during a recent interview on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast that he was repeatedly approached to appear on The Big Bang Theory, which has been on for eleven seasons. He was approached with an offer three times, and he passed every time because it wasn’t exactly pitched as something he’d be into.
“They pursued me for The Big Bang Theory, and I said no. It was kind of like, the way the pitch was, ‘Alright, these two astrophysicist nerds and a pretty girl lives with them. Yoinks!’ That was the pitch. And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m cool, thanks.’ And then they came back at me again, and I said, ‘No, no, no. Again, flattered, but no.’ Then they came back at me again, and even my manager was like twisting my arm.”
He doesn’t say what role he was offered on the show, but it was most likely one of the two main “nerds” – Sheldon and Leonard – or possibly Howard or Rajesh (if CBS really wanted to put a problematic spin on it). But regardless of what role he was up for, if he’d taken it, he’d be rolling in more dollars than he’d know what to do with. The main five cast members of TBBT reportedly make $1 million per episode. Jim Parsons (aka Sheldon) is currently the richest man on television. But Mac isn’t kicking himself over that.
“I’d have hundreds of millions of dollars right now if I did that gig. At the same time, I’d be bashing my head against the wall.”
Oh don’t worry Mac, I’m sure that’s not a feeling unique to yourself. I’d be willing to bet Jim Parsons scans the room and looks for the closest surface wall every time he’s forced to utter the word “Bazinga.”