“Kevin, I’m going to feed you to my tarantula!” It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since Kevin McCallister’s family forgot him at home as they traveled to France on a holiday vacation. A quarter-century later, Home Alone is considered a bona fide Christmas classic. But whatever happened to Buzz, Kevin’s tarantula-owning, pizza-eating jerk of a brother? In a new interview with Bustle, Devin Ratray reflected on his role as Buzz and also shared what it was like to work with Macaulay Culkin and the late, legendary filmmaker John Hughes.
Ratray, now 38, knew as soon as he signed on for the first Home Alone film with Hughes at age 13 that it “was going to be a huge project and was going to be an awful lot of fun and something every kid wanted to do.”
“The ADs would be chasing Mac [Culkin] around the school on a razor scooter,” he reminisced. “We all got along rather well and got closer and closer during film production… It was long hours but there were a lot of funny takes, and we were happy and lucky to be there.”
The actor added, “Macaulay seemed totally at ease though, and almost relieved when he was on set with us. He could actually just continue to be himself and continue to be a little kid without any scrutiny or cameras or anything.” Culkin was only 10-years-old while filming.
When Ratray finally saw the finished product before its premiere in 1990, he was blown away.
“Once I saw it, it was the largest lesson in filmmaking I’d ever experienced,” he told Bustle. “To see what I read on script just translating into non-stop laughter, my eyes opened up and I realized, wow, that’s the power of cinema.”
Nowadays, Ratray is working on a secret project with Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh for HBO. The project, titled Mosaic, “will be a new genre of a way to watch film,” Ratray — who has also guest-starred on Law & Order, The Good Wife, and Elementary — said.
And “Buzz” is still grateful that he was able to be part of such a beloved film series.
“People felt a familial relationship with me when they would see me on the street,” he explained. “They truly felt like I’d been in their homes during some of the most quiet, intimate Christmas mornings of their lives.”
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