Macaulay Culkin could have been one of TV’s most high-paid stars …. If he didn’t think the premise for the show was so lame.
The Home Alone star reveals that he was approached to star in The Big Bang Theory, not once, not twice, but three times. On the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, the 37-year-old explained: “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.”
The show just wrapped its eleventh season, with Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar all banking $1 million per episode since season 8.
Still, no regrets.
“I’d have hundreds of millions of dollars right now if I did that gig,” Culkin said. “At the same time, I’d be bashing my head against the wall.”
Culkin also revealed that he hopes to have kids with girlfriend Brenda Song, 30.
“I’m gonna make some babies,” he said when asked by Rogan if he wants kids. “This one’s a good one, so I’m probably going to put some babies in her in a little bit. I mean, we’ve definitely been practicing.”
He joked about having biracial children a la John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
“This one, I’m going to have some pretty babies,” he said. “She’s Asian, so I’m gonna have tiny little Asian babies. It’s going to be adorable — a bunch of Sean Lennons running around the house, that’s what I’m looking for.”