The 1994 movie “Richie Rich” was Macaulay Culkin’s last hurrah as a child star, completed shortly before the affects of adolescence began kicking in. “I did 14 movies in six years, which is more than two a year, and just kind of pumping them out,” Culkin explained during a 2004 appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” “And I was at this point where I really wanted to take a break … I always joke, ‘Yeah, I retired at 14.'”
Culkin made a lot of movies, and he also made a lot money making them. After all those years of solid work, the actor felt he deserved a little time off to enjoy the fruits of his labors. “I wanted a summer vacation for the first time in, you know, forever,” he told Time.
Culkin was 15 when his parents’ divorced, and their messy split allowed him the opportunity to extricate both of them from his finances. Speaking to Esquire in 2020 about news reports from that time that he’d become an emancipated minor, he explained the situation wasn’t quite as it had been reported. “It’s always misconstrued, that I ’emancipated’ myself from my parents,” he told the publication. “I legally took my parents’ names off of my trust fund and found an executor, someone who would look over my finances, just in case anyone wanted to stick their f***ing pinkie in the pie. But the next thing you know, the story was that I divorced my parents.”