Based on real life events, Culkin played “King of the Club Kids” michael aligwho spent nearly 17 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter after he and Robert “Freeze” Riggs killed and dismembered a fellow New York nightlife aficionado Andre “Angel” Melendez in 1996. Riggs also served time in prison for involuntary manslaughter.
To prepare for the role, Culkin visited Alig behind bars. narration Barbara Walters in 2003, “We spent four hours in prison. I had never been in prison before. I was just listening and watching his hands move… He seemed remorseful, but at the same time he was putting on this front. He was doing the ‘Michael Alig ‘ to me, the wild and crazy guy.”
When asked if he too had a dark side, the 25-year-old actor said: “I guess you can say that. But not as dark as him. It’s so easy to see me as this evil little guy.” thing, you know? This mean little, like, you know, blond-haired kid, causing trouble for everyone.”
Also, he reminded of bunny ears of the glam-rock look that was essential to Michael, “I always felt pretty, but that’s where I learned I was actually pretty. It taught me to totally understand why women spend all that time getting ready. It’s worth it and I looked amazing.” .”
Acknowledging his long break from the spotlight, Culkin, who was appearing in his first film since Ri¢hie Ri¢htold Walters, “I don’t want to do what I used to do. Before, you know, it was like people’s livelihoods were at stake… They like to build an industry out of me. It was just this really weird dynamic that I think made me uncomfortable for a lot of my young life. I’m not one of those people who needs the gratification of making, like, 10 movies a year… I’m just trying to be, you know, an artist.”