Macaulay Culkin Was The First Choice For Eminem’s “Stan” Music Video

Eminem‘s “Stan” music video would have looked a little different if the Detroit musician had it his way. According to Devon Sawa, the star of the Dr. Dre-directed visual, the rapper initially wanted a different talent to lead the music video.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight earlier this week, Sawa revealed that the “Mockingbird” performer wanted Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin to bring the role to life.

“I’ll never forget, they told me on the day that I was going to lip-sync it,” Sawa detailed. “I remember, after the first take I did, Dre running in and being like, ‘It was good, but can you try it with some rhythm this time?’ And I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ And that was kind of how the day went.”

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He continued to explain, “They went out to Macaulay Culkin first… I think that they wanted him, and he wasn’t available, or didn’t want to do it or whatever.”

“Then Dre, who had just seen Final Destination and was a fan, suggested [me],” remembered Sawa. “There happened to be somebody in the casting office that knew somebody who was friends with me, and they called me that way… and it ended up working out pretty good.”

Devon Sawa attends the premiere of Quiver Distribution’s “The Fanatic” at the Egyptian Theatre on August 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

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Earlier this year, Eminem announced a new documentary Stan, produced through Shady Films in association with Hill District Media and DIGA Studios. Paramount/MTV will also distribute the film. The project is set to detail the world of superfans and their fanatical behavior.

“[Stan will be] a revealing, edgy, and disarmingly personal journey into the world of super fandom, told through the lens of one of the world’s most iconic and enduring artists, Eminem, and the fans that worship him,” detailed a synopsis.

“Stan” as a term, was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2017.