"I just do things that make me happy," Macaulay Culkin said of joining the Meerkat Movies ad campaign

By Lindsay Kimble
July 08, 2016 12:55 PM

Despite calling himself “retired” from the business that made him famous by age 10, Macaulay Culkin has returned to the small screen for a cheeky British commercial.

The Home Alone star pokes fun at his early fame in a Meerkat Movies commercial featuring Compare the Market’s adorable animated meerkats, Aleksandr and Sergei.

In the clip, Aleksandr and Sergei are on a road trip that’s missing one thing: the family dynamic that comes with a child’s presence.

“That’s why I invite child star Macaulay Culkin to complete the family dynamic,” Aleksandr reveals to Sergei. When they pick up their new comrade, however, the duo realize they’re a little behind the Hollywood times: Culkin is now 35.

Regardless, they take the actor to an amusement park, where he rides a rollercoaster, gets his face painted and plays carnival games – despite looking less than thrilled about the experience.

Macaulay Culkin

At the commercial’s end, Aleksandr uses the campaign’s 2 for 1 movie tickets reward to take Culkin to the theater.

In a behind-the-scenes video, Culkin reveals why he said yes to the project.

“It’s a cute little campaign. I just do things that make me happy, whether it involves film or goofy parody music. I just kind of go where the wind blows, a little bit.”

Macaulay Culkin

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He’s also not the first big name to appear in the meerkat commercials for the insurance comparison company: Nicole Kidman and Arnold Schwarzenegger both worked alongside Aleksandr and Sergei.

Despite the new ad, Culkin told New York magazine in April that he has little desire to return to Hollywood, explaining that now he spends his time writing, painting, and, mostly, “whatevering.”

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