Culkin did not appear in any films from 1994 to 2003 due to tremulous events in his life. Following the filming of Richie Rich, his parents decided to separate. The result was a long legal battle over who received custody of the children and, more significantly, gained control of Culkin’s fortune.
During his time away from the big screen, his notable endeavours included a two-year marriage to actress Rachel Miner, speculation about his sexuality, and an ongoing friendship with Michael Jackson.
Jackson met the child star in 1991, and invited the Culkin family to his infamous ranch. The two are apparently still friends to this day. Culkin also appeared as a witness for the defense at Jackson’s recent trial.
In the acting world, Culkin’s major comeback role came in 2003. He starred in Party Monster, a motion picture based on a true story of a young club promoter. It was an interesting role for him to pick, as it involved playing a bisexual character — further stirring the controversy surrounding his sexuality.
Culkin added more wood to the already burning fire in his next movie, Saved! In a deleted scene, he kisses another actor on the lips. Saved!, which costars Mandy Moore, finds Culkin portraying a wheelchair-bound outcast at a Christian school.
In 2004, Culkin got caught up in a big pot of hullabaloo when he was arrested for possession of the controlled — but dangerous — substance Xanax, without a prescription, and 16 grams of marijuana.
With the amount of high profile celebrity scandals occurring at the time, Culkin’s incident was barely reported. He later pleaded guilty to the charges, and was given one year deferred sentences on each charge.
Despite the drug charges, it appears Culkin is finally getting back into the swing of things. He’s dating That ‘70s Show star Mila Kunis, and claims he’s eager to jump onto the set of another movie, so keep your eyes peeled for a possible full-blown film return from this former child star.
And, if this article just wasn’t enough, you can learn more from his semi-autobiographical book, Junior, which was released earlier this year.