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Macaulay Culkin turned down 'The Big Bang Theory' three times

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/9/2018

a person wearing sunglasses posing for the camera © Amy Harris / Amy Harris/Invision/AP Here’s something that’ll make your jaw drop, Kevin McAllister-style.

“Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin says he turned down a role on “The Big Bang Theory” three times before the wildly successful sitcom premiered in 2007.

“They pursued me for ‘The Big Bang Theory,’” Culkin recalled on the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “And I said, ‘No.’ It was kind of like, the way the pitch was, it was kind of just like, ‘Alright, these two astrophysicist nerds, and then a pretty girl lives with them. Yoinks!’ That was the pitch.”

The former child star, 37, did not disclose which character the producers wanted him to play, but he says they assured him they’d have real astrophysicists working out the math for the CBS show’s subject matter.

“I said, ‘Yeah, no, I’m cool, thanks.’ And then they came back at me again, and I said, ‘No, no, no. Again, flattered, but like, no.’ Then they came back at me again, and even my manager was like twisting my arm,” Culkin said.

As it turned out, CBS cast Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons as the two male leads in the series alongside Kaley Cuoco. The show recently completed its 11th season and has been nominated for 46 Emmys, winning nine.

Culkin, however, seems to be content with his decision.

“I’d have hundreds of millions of dollars right now if I did that gig,” he told Rogen. “At the same time, I’d be bashing my head against the wall.”

Galecki, Parsons, Cuoco and co-stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar each earn $900,000 per episode for “The Big Bang Theory.” They notably each took a $100,000 pay cut last year to ensure their fellow cast members Melissa Rach and Mayim Bialik would get raises.

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