Joe Pesci Says He Sustained ‘Serious Burns’ From Fiery ‘Home Alone 2’ Stunt

Joe Pesci celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” by regaling Individuals journal along with his recollections of the shoot.

And whereas he says he knew the sequel would have “the same, if not more, energy and enthusiasm as the original,” he additionally ended up struggling for his craft.

“In addition to the expected bumps, bruises, and general pains that you would associate with that particular type of physical humor, I did sustain serious burns to the top of my head during the scene where Harry’s hat is set on fire,” Pesci informed Individuals in an interview printed Tuesday.

However, he stated, he was “fortunate enough to have professional stuntmen do the real heavy stunts.”

Pesci gained an Oscar for Finest Supporting Actor for “Goodfellas” in 1991, and proved his comedic chops in “Easy Money” (1983) and “Lethal Weapon 2” (1989). However he recalled manufacturing of the booby-trapped “Home Alone” franchise being much more demanding.

“It was a nice change of pace to do that particular type of slapstick comedy. But the Home Alone movies were a more physical type of comedy, therefore, a little more demanding,” Pesci informed Individuals, including that the sequel had “more spontaneity and creativity on the set” than the primary.

The primary two movies, directed by Chris Columbus, star Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a younger Chicago boy whose household unwittingly leaves him behind whereas taking their Christmas holidays. The New York-set sequel sees Kevin encounter Harry (Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), his thieving nemeses from the unique, but once more.

Macaulay Culkin (left) stated Joe Pesci (middle) bit his finger throughout rehearsals for the primary “Home Alone” movie.

“I remember Macaulay as being a really sweet kid and, even at his age, very professional,” Pesci informed Individuals. “I intentionally limited my interactions with him to preserve the dynamic between his character, Kevin, and my character Harry.”

Pesci’s efforts to “maintain the integrity of the adversarial relationship,” as he put it, might have labored a bit too properly. Culkin informed Conan O’Brien in 2004 that Pesci really, genuinely bit him throughout a rehearsal for the primary movie, and that he nonetheless has a scar on his finger.

“He broke the skin and everything!” Culkin informed O’Brien, who requested whether or not Culkin bought offended about that on the time. “Yes, I did! I got really mad at him. I was like, ‘I don’t care how many Oscars you have! You’re biting a 9-year-old, what the heck’s wrong with you?’”

Whereas some followers would like to see them return for one more “Home Alone” movie, Culkin seems to have absolutely retired from performing. Pesci himself solely briefly returned to the business in 2019 for his Oscar-nominated position in “The Irishman,” and he has little religion {that a} new “Home Alone” installment would make sense (not that this has stopped individuals from attempting).

“While you never say never, I think that it would be difficult to replicate not only the success but also the overall innocence of the originals,” Pesci informed Individuals. “It’s a different time now; attitudes and priorities have changed in 30 years.”