Joe Pesci celebrated the 30th anniversary of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” by re-editing People magazine with shooting memories.
And while he said he knew the sequel would have “the same or even more energy and enthusiasm as the original,” he also began to suffer for his craft.
“In addition to the expected bumps, bruises, and general pains you would associate with this kind of physical humor, I suffered severe burns on the top of my head during the scene where Harry’s hat was set on fire,” Pesci said. People in an interview published Tuesday.
However, he said he was “lucky enough to get professional stuntmen to perform the real heavyweights.”
Pesci won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “Goodfellas” in 1991 and proved his comedic talent in “Easy Money” (1983) and “Lethal Weapon 2” (1989). But he remembered that the booby-trapped series “Home Alone” was much more difficult to produce.
“It was a nice change of pace to do this kind of slapstick comedy. But Home alone The movies were more of a physical comedy genre, so they were a bit more demanding,” Pesci told People, adding that the sequel had “more spontaneity and creativity on set” than the first.
In the first two films directed by Chris Columbus, Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, a young boy from Chicago who is unwittingly left behind by his family during the Christmas holidays. In the sequel, set in New York City, Kevin once again encounters his thieving enemies from the original movie, Harry (Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern).
“I remember Macaulay being a really sweet kid and very professional even at his age,” Pesci told People. “I have deliberately limited my interactions with him to maintain the dynamic between his character Kevin and my character Harry.”
In Pesci’s own words, efforts to “preserve the integrity of the hostile relationship” may have worked a little too hard. Culkin told Conan O’Brien in 2004 that Pesci actually bit him during rehearsal for the first film, and he still had a scar on his finger.
“She broke the skin and everything!” Culkin told O’Brien, who asked if Culkin was angry about that at the time. “Yes I did! I was really mad at him. ‘I don’t care how many Oscars you get! You’re biting a 9-year-old, what’s wrong with you?'”
While some fans want to see them return for another “Home Alone” movie, Culkin seems to have retired from acting completely. Pesci himself briefly returned to the industry for his Oscar-nominated role in “The Irishman” in 2019, and he has little faith that a new “Home Alone” movie will make sense (not that that has stopped people from trying).
“While you never say never, I think it would be difficult to replicate not only the success of the originals, but also the overall innocence,” Pesci told People. “It’s a different time now; Attitudes and priorities have changed in 30 years.”