Macaulay Culkin reveals on ‘Ellen’ that he can’t go out around Christmas

The “Home Alone” star said his fame is “a curse and a blessing.”

Macaulay Culkin has gone from “Home Alone” to mostly just wanting to be left alone.

The actor made a rare appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday and discussed the pitfalls that come from being a baby-face best known for a holiday-themed classic.

“I definitely don’t [go out],” Culkin said, referring to the holiday that made him famous. “It’s my season. It’s Macaulay season. I try to go out less and less around that time of year.”

As for the “Home Alone” movies themselves — which came out in 1990 and 1992 — the 37-year-old told DeGeneres he doesn’t “really watch them all that often.”

“We did a 15-year anniversary DVD commentary, I realized I hadn’t seen it in like 15 years,” he said. “Whereas [director] Chris Columbus watched it the night before like a responsible human being. It’s like background radiation at Christmastime.”

But still, it’s a relief to see the actor seemingly avoiding the child-star curse. He spent the interview looking happy, healthy, and — as everyone in the world notices daily — youthful. Culkin understands very well he still possesses the face of a preteen defending his home from burglars.

“How can a person look too much like himself? It’s a curse and a blessing,” he joked. “I can get into any restaurant I want without a reservation, but while I’m there everyone’s staring at me. And they’re all going, ‘Aww!’ ”

Understandable. Just, please, do not ask Macaulay Culkin to put his hands on his cheeks in the classic “Home Alone” pose. “It’s just like, no,” he said. “I’ve been there, done that, you know?”

Vinnie Mancuso