Macaulay Culkin turned down lead role in The Big Bang Theory

Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song

Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song

Macaulay Culkin has "Home Alone" money ― but in another timeline, he's raking it in with Kaley Cuoco and the rest of the gang from "The Big Bang Theory".

The 37-year-old actor appeared on The Joe Rogan Experiencepodcast on Tuesday and said he passed on a role on The Big Bang Theory three times. "And I said, like, 'No"...'cause it was kinda, like the way the pitch was, was kinda just like, 'Alright, these two like, astrophysicist nerds and then a pretty girl lives with them-yoinks!' That was the pitch...

The main cast of The Big Bang Theory meanwhile - Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg and Kaley Cuoco - are now earning $900k per episode, at 24 episodes per season, as it heads into its 12th season in September.

And Macaulay Culkin could have been picking up that pay cheque, had he accepted the role he was chased for. That was the pitch. I said, 'Yeah, no, thanks.' And then they came back again, and I said, 'No, no, no. "I mean, we've definitely been practicing".

But third time was almost a charm, with Macaulay continuing: 'They came back to me again and even my manager was twisting my arm'.

But he admitted he had no regrets about passing it on: "At the same time, I'd be bashing my head against the wall".

In fact, Macaulay, who runs the website and podcast Bunny Ears, is pretty much done with acting.

"I have a good life out here", he says of being in Los Angeles with Song.

The star said: 'I don't pursue it in any way, I don't have agents. He touched on his relationship with Song, 30, and called her "a good one", adding, "I am probably going to put some babies in her like in a little bit". "I think she's kind of in escrow right now, essentially".

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