Macaulay Culkin asked J.K. Rowling for a job on Twitter and people are absolutely loving it
Over the past few days, the latest instalment of the Harry Potter franchise - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - has received a mixed reception from fans.
The controversy started when the final trailer for the film revealed that Nagini (Voldemort's pet snake) was actually a "Maledictus" - a person who had been turned into an animal. At first, people were excited to see a major fan theory being confirmed as true, but it very quickly took a turn when critics came forward to point out the problems of having an Asian woman play the role.
Insults were hurled back and forth, J.K. Rowling did her best to justify her choices, and Claudia Kim - the actress who plays Nagini - has pretty much stayed quiet over the whole matter.
Macaulay Culkin, meanwhile, sauntered right into the debate... and asked the author for a job.
"Hey @jk_rowling I’m with you!" Culkin tweeted. "Nagini can be whatever she wants to be! She’s a strong woman/snake."
Then, once he'd got the pandering out of the way, he quickly got to what he really wanted to say:
"Also, can you write me into the next movie? I’m Macaulay Culkin (From Home Alone: The Movie) and I was also a Pagemaster (experienced with magic)…"
Then, in a second tweet, the 38-year-old reached out to his friend Dan Fogler, who plays Jacob Kowalski in the Fantastic Beasts movie.
"Hey @mrdanfogler put in a good word for me. There's a back rub in it for you," he tweeted jokingly. "BTW, it's me Macaulay Culkin (From Home Alone 2/we're friends in real life)."
Rowling has yet to respond to Culkin's cheeky request for a role in the Fantastic Beasts series, but Fogler replied saying that the former child star does bear a striking resemblance to one of the Harry Potter universe's most famous clans.
"Interesting … you do have the same coloring as a the Malfoy clan…" he said.
But Culkin insisted he wasn't a Slytherin, and then proceeded to demonstrate his (somewhat adorable) enthusiasm for the wizarding world.
"While I may look like a Malfoy I’m actually a Gryffindor and my patronus is a Mastiff which is a dog. So that’s cute! #MakeMeAWizard," he wrote.
Fans who witnessed the interaction on Twitter found the whole thing to be totally hilarious, with many jumping into the thread to endorse him for a role.
Others, meanwhile, joked that he'd be a bad fit, making reference to his role in My Girl:
If Culkin were to get a role in the third film in the series (which, let's be real, would be amazing), it would be his first Hollywood acting role in a very long time.
The actor has distanced himself from on-screen roles for quite some time now, but not for lack of opportunity. In fact, he recently revealed that he was asked to appear on The Big Bang Theory.
"They pursued me for The Big Bang Theory," Culkin explained on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. "And I said no. It was kind of like, the way the pitch was, ‘Alright, these two astrophysicist nerds and a pretty girl lives with them. Yoinks!’ That was the pitch."
Admittedly, Culkin probably wouldn't be the best fit for the show. As for a role in Harry Potter, though... well, we'll just have to wait and see.