Donald Trump has criticized the director of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Chris Columbus, and claimed that the filmmakers “begged” him to make a cameo appearance, writes Variety.

“They rented the Plaza Hotel in New York, which I owned at the time. I was very busy, and didn’t want to do it. They were very nice, but above all, persistent,” he wrote on Truth Social.

The former US president also believes that his role contributed to the film’s success.

“I agreed, and the rest is history! That little cameo took off like a rocket, and the movie was a big success, and still is, especially around Christmas time. People call me whenever it is aired,” he added.

At the same time, the politician is convinced that he “was and remains” a great actor for this movie, and the director’s words are far from the truth.

In 2020, Chris Columbus spoke about this episode in an interview with Business Insider. According to him, the team wanted to organize filming in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel and expected to pay for the use of the location. However, Donald Trump insisted on participating in the Christmas movie.

“‘The only way you can use the Plaza is if I’m in the movie,’” Columbus recalled Trump saying.

He added that Donald Trump did agree to appear in a family comedy, and when the movie was first shown, a “strange thing happened-people applauded when they saw this episode. So they decided not to remove it.

“But he did bully his way into the movie,” Chris Columbus emphasized.

The movie Home Alone 2 was released in 1992. Its global gross is estimated at $359 million.