What happened to super skinny Macaulay Culkin?

Macauley out with his brother, Kieran, on 8-18-10. The photos we are referring to are on ETOnline

We haven’t heard about former child actor Macaulay Culkin, 31, in some time, but from the looks of these pictures (see them on ET online and E!) he’s in a bad way. I have to admit that I sometimes get him confused with the kid from Star Wars, Hayden Christensen, in that I falsely remember that he used to be engaged to Rachel Bilson. That’s not him, obviously, he used to be engaged to Mila Kunis and they split up in early 2011. (I also sometimes confuse Bilson and Kunis, which I know is unforgivable to some of you, but it all makes sense to me now.)

Anyway Culkin was seen holding a Red Bull and looking super emaciated. He’s Demi Moore levels of thin, and he’s clutching her drink of choice too. ET Online reports that he may be up for a role in a movie called Service Man, “an uplifting military action flick,” which makes you hope that his extreme weight loss is for a role. Culkin’s rep denies that he’s set to star in the film, although producers say they’ve spoken to his people about it. The rep also claims that his client is super healthy. Of course he is. Here are the reports, which I’ve pieced together from a couple different sources:

After pictures of a gaunt Macaulay Culkin emerged exclusively on ET this morning, speculation as to whether or not this extreme weight loss was for a new movie project, titled Service Man, began to crop up.

And while TVGuide.com reports his rep as saying, “Mr. Culkin is NOT starring in Service Man, don’t take for face value everything you read on IMDb,” Entertainment Tonight has spoken with Goliath Studios, the UK-based production company behind Service Man and they confirm correspondence with Culkin’s manager about his possible cooperation in the project.

Although the film is currently on hold while the script is being rewritten, if Culkin chooses to participate in the project, the uplifting military action-comedy-drama would be his first big-screen role since 2007’s Sex and Breakfast. –ETOnline

“Macaulay Culkin is in perfectly good health,” his rep tells E! News. “For Entertainment Tonight—or any other media outlet —to speculate otherwise is reckless, irresponsible and destructive. We implore them to discontinue the rumor.” – E! Online

[From ETOnline and E! Online]

What kind of old-timey denial is that “We implore them to discontinue the rumor“? It’s so formal. I do hope that Macauley is ok, and that he’s not subsisting on Red Bull and ADHD drugs like Demi. I also hope he’s not sick at all. The Red Bull seems to suggest this is a deliberate weight loss, but you can’t judge from one drink I guess.

I didn’t realize that Macauley hasn’t been in a movie since 2007. According to IMDB he was in a TV series in 2009 called Kings, which I never heard of and was on NBC. (Go figure.) He did voice work on “Robot Chicken” from 2005 – 2010. I also vaguely remember that he put out a book. That was Junior in 2007 and it received mixed reviews. It must be hard to recover from child stardom and extreme family dysfunction and regain some sense of self, but it’s not like Culkin is destitute. His net worth is estimated at $15 million dollars.

McCaulay at the Oscars in 2010. He has such a baby face!

Photo credit: Optic Photos PacificCoastNews.com and WENN.com

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  1. normades says:

    Holy cr*p!! I wish you could post the picture everyone is talking about. He looks like he’s on some really hard drugs, herion or meth. Really sad.

    • RocketMerry says:

      Nooooooooo, not drugs, please! I so severely hope he’s not in trouble. Maybe he IS preparing for a role or something. Let’s hope.

  2. Memory27 says:

    I used to think he was such a cute kid specially in Richie Rich lol and I thought he was going to be such a hottie DANG!!! was I wrong??? I hope is not drugs and he becomes another Corey.

    • Capella says:

      It’s not only drugs, like CeleBitchy stated, it is EXTREME family dysfunction.

      But to be fair, Macaulay had always been on the petite side. Like that Seth Green guy. Pale, short, skinny. Especially if they don’t work out and bulk-up upper body.

      But this is not the first time Macaulay had looked this disheveled, and looking coked out of his mind. He’s been at it for decades!

      And not to dig-up old rumors, but that guy’s father did send him on the road with Michael Jackson. No way any of these kids are ever going to have a normal healthy life!

  3. Petunia says:

    He looks like a desperately ill street person. There was an even worse photo of him elsewhere. Something surely is going on. I don’t know what it is but it’s ludicrous for his reps. to say he’s “fine” unless their “fine” is the same as Dina Lohan’s “fine.”

    And how could he star in a military action film looking like that? Wouldn’t he need to bulk up?

    I hope he gets whatever help he needs because he sure needs it.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I’ll see if we can get access to those photos. Petunia I was thinking that maybe he lost weight similar to how Matt Damon looked emaciated for Courage Under Fire. But I realize that’s not realistic.

      • Petunia says:

        I’m thinking it’s not realistic either, given how he looks in the links you provided. That looks like extreme illness or extreme anorexia or extreme drug addiction. Totally sad either way.

        And thanks for the links. They gave the clear picture of how extreme the situation is.

      • Esmom says:

        I thought of Matt Damon, too, although Matt was an unknown trying to break into the business by showing his commitment to a role.

        MacCaulay isn’t exactly unknown, although he’s not exactly A-list either. So maybe it’s true that it’s for a role? It’s the best choice of all the possible explanations for how he looks.

  4. Zelda says:

    Rickety Cricket.

  5. Petunia says:

    Just went to the photo links you provided; he’s lost a ton of weight since the photos you’ve provided above. And he looks bad enough in yours. Way worse in the links. Something is clearly very, very wrong. I hope it isn’t illness and he can get some kind of help.

    • OriginalTiffany says:

      I saw the pics somewhere and he looks really bad. Has he ever had a history of major drug issues?

      • ahoyhoy says:

        There were at least rumors that his father (?) kept him jacked up as a child for his acting roles.
        He hosted SNL when he was like 12, and he could barely keep his eyes open. It was shocking.

  6. mln76 says:

    Sad I hope beyond hope the weight loss is for a movie role but he’s probably on meth or heroin.

  7. samanthalous says:

    I hope it is for a role, otherwise someone needs to leave that yayo alone.

  8. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I remember when home alone came out, I wanted to be his girlfriend so bad! Since Dwayne Wayne of A Different World was too old for me, I though Macauly was a more appropriate choice.

  9. carrie says:

    even Tom Hardy may be jealous of his lips!

  10. Asli says:

    Weirdly, in the last photo, he looks like Michael Jackson post-surgery to me.

  11. Lis says:






    Not just because it’s a really bad idea to try to subsist on it. But also because I like it and I’m sick of the worried looks I get whenever I drink it. I don’t want to be associated with those people. (Yes, I’m a shameless snob.)

    • Delta Juliet says:

      So, WTH is it with Red Bull? Am I missing something? Is it, like, code word for drugs?

      I tried it once when it first came out, thought it was terrible, and never tried it again.

      • Esmom says:

        I know! My husband came home with some, which was leftover from a poker night, and my 10-year old son’s eyes lit up. I promptly threw it all in the trash, thinking of all the Demi-related Red Bull horror stories I’ve read here lately!

      • Lisa says:

        My brother loves that shit. I don’t get it. He’s a healthy guy, and actually hates coffee, but he’ll tolerate caffeinated syrup.

    • ozmom says:

      Lis, for some reason I highly doubt you are associated with celebrities simply because you down a few red bulls. The worried looks may be for reasons unrelated to your beverage of choice.

  12. Kim says:

    Welcome to Lilo’s Club.

  13. Esmom says:

    OMG, he looks like he aged two decades (or more) in two years. So sad. We just watched Uncle Buck last weekend and he was so adorable and precocious.

  14. Kara Ann says:

    I hope that he’s not on drugs. I saw the emaciated pic on E last night and I literally gasped. Even if the guy is not on drugs, it’s obvious that there is some kind of problem. Maybe the publicity will help him see how he looks and help him to want to address the problem…probably won’t happen as we’ve seen too many times before but we can hope.

  15. Jackson says:

    Wow. He looks really, really bad. I hope it’s….??? IDK, intentional? For a movie? Something besides drugs or illness.

  16. kimm says:

    He reminds me of David Bowie.

  17. pato says:

    Kings was really good.

  18. Gossip PHD says:

    Let’s give him a break. Remember this kid was molested/abused for years by Michael Jackson and is still in total denial about it.
    Looks like Meth/Heroin to me.

  19. imabrat says:

    He has a huge head.

  20. Anonymous says:

    He looks like he’s dying. I’m shocked, he really looks sick.

  21. Ari says:

    I think Mila Kunis did a real number on him when she broke up with him maybe thats why he is so down right now

    • Working says:

      I’m actually wondering if this is the REASON Mila broke up with him…it was such an abrupt and unexpected break up, maybe it was over his usage? I’m only speculating that he’s using of course, but DANG i’ve never seen someone NOT on drugs look like this…

  22. Zigggy says:

    Sad- hope he’s ok.

  23. Shelly says:

    Oh my God. In those pics you linked to he looks like he’s aged about 25 years. Something has to be going on with him. I hope he’s ok.

  24. BJD says:

    Wow! Something has got to be going on with him! Seriously?!? Eek! And what’s with that top lip anyway?!?

  25. original sandy says:

    i too hope he’s ok, but let’s not speculate the reasons why? mila, michael, drugs? until we have the facts, if not true, we could ruin him and his rep. hope he gets better soon. oh i forgot, (what kind of old timey denial is that)? funny.

  26. anon6 says:

    He was on KinGs??! I definitely did not see him on that.
    @pato I also think Kings was good

  27. skuddles says:

    Anytime I see a celeb clutching onto a can of Redbull now I’m suspicious… I really hope Mac pulls himself out of the funk he’s in – I’ve always heard he’s a pretty sweet guy.

  28. FOREVER says:

    Meth, crack, sickness? whatever this is it’s not good.

  29. Amy says:

    That last picture is incredibly creepy. I’m talking Preacher Kane from Poltergeist 2 levels of creepy.

  30. Lisa says:

    Kieran looks none too well himself.

  31. anne_000 says:

    It looks like he had surgery to make his nose extra thin.

  32. Marianne says:

    Wow. I hope it is for a role(though that still doesn’t make it healthy). I just get the feeling that maybe hes taking the break up hard.

  33. flamingo says:

    A year and 3 months ago my general practice dr if I had an eating disorder or had engaged in sexually dangerous behavior because I dropped 30 lbs in 3 months and looked AWFUL-turns out had (yes HAD! Beat stage 4b cervical cancer first clear scan 2 weeks ago!) cancer. I’m hoping he is getting the help he needs; be it medical or mental. Poor thing…

  34. moopsie says:

    I think he may just be naturally thin. I think everyone knows someone who is thin and is still healthy.

    What I noticed more was him holding hands with the guy in the third picture. I wonder….not that there is anything wrong with that. If it is what I think it could be then that be really refreshing.

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  37. Penguin says:

    I really hope he’s not battling addiction or sick. I always thought of him as one of the few child actors who came out relatively unscathed. Love him and the home alone movies.

  38. Macaulay says:

    (DUE TO OPEN Christmas 2014)
    “Kevin McCallister” (Macaulay Culkin) is back, but now he’s all grown up and all the other “McCallister” kids grown up too. This Christmas “Kevin” is not “HOME ALONe” anymore…
    Flash Back Christmas 1990
    (“This House Is So Full Of People It Makes Me Sick When I Grow Up And Get Married I’m Living ALONe; DID YOU HEAR ME I’M LIVING ALONE, I’M LIVING ALONE!!”) shouts 8-year-old Kevin … because Now he’s got a wife and family, And this Christmas his Eleven-year-old son Mac gets left behind and is “HOME ALONe”. Harry (Joe Pesci) & Marv (Daniel Stern) are out jail and back with a Whole New Big Bad Plan to break in and get the goods.