"My entire childhood, I thought the old timey movie that Kevin watches in Home Alone (Angels With Filthy Souls) was actually an old movie," wrote the Knocked Up actor.
Home Alone hit theaters in 1990, and quickly cemented itself as the greatest holiday heist films of all time. (Sorry, Die Hard.) However, what Rogen is referring to here is the faux '40s gangster film within the film, which Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) watches when there are no parents to tell him otherwise.
Though the movie shares a similar title to the 1938 James Cagney film Angels With Dirty Faces, this particular "film" was shot exclusively for Home Alone, with actors Ralph Foody and Michael Guido taking on the gangster roles. The riff on this particular niche of black and white crime movies continued in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, with Foody once again in the lead role.
It wasn't just Evans and Rogen who were positive that Angels With Filthy Souls was played routinely on TCM.
I was today years old when I found out that the old gangster movie that Kevin watches in Home Alone, isn’t a real movie. “Angels With Filthy Souls” is a fictional movie within a fictional movie. Merry Christmas, YA FILTHY ANIMALS!!! pic.twitter.com/Ezidu3iPHl— Donny DiMarco (@donnydimarco) December 25, 2018
Lol! Last night I said to my husband, "They really should try and create an "Angels with Filthy Souls" short film." And he said, "What?! Wait a minute. It's not a real movie?!" (Looks it up) "My whole childhood is a lie."— K.J. Kelley (@JoetheCrabMan) December 25, 2018
Of course, just because Angels With Filthy Souls (and its sequel, Angels With Even Filthier Souls) is a fake, doesn't mean real effort wasn't put in to convince the world it was legit. In 2015, Vanity Fair even published an oral history of the "movie."
Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.