Back in the early ’90s, Kristy Swanson isn’t what she is now.
Appearing in major films like The Charlie Sheen Vehicle The Chase, Mannequin Two: On the Move, and the Charlie Sheen Top Gun parody Hot Shots! She was an “It” girl then.
More significantly, she was the original Buffy Summers in 1992’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ultimately birthed the far more popular TV show, which stars her replacement Sarah Michelle Gellar. In the decades since Swanson has become a Trump supporter, she was invited to the White House to meet the big guy.
So when calls vented, including from Macaulay Culkin, to edit the departing president out of the Christmas favorite Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, she had his back.
Swanson’s first two films were Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. She played, respectively: “Duckette,” aka the girl who fastens the eye of Jon Cryer’s Duckie after Molly Ringwald’s Andie (wrongly) chooses Andrew McCarthy’s bland Blane; and a perky student whose teacher is played by former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein.
Neither film would lose much without her, much as Home Alone 2, written by Hughes, wouldn’t lose much without Trump, who had a habit of demanding movie productions shoot a cameo if they were shooting in buildings he owned. (In that case it was New York City’s Plaza Hotel, which, being in the middle of a financial fallow period, he may not have fully owned then anyway.) Most of these films, after humoring him, threw his footage out. But not Home Alone 2.
Still, the response to Swanson’s request was swift and fierce, with fellow actors not holding back.