“Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” is one of many classic holiday movies that people enjoy each year. But for one of the stars, the consequences of filming it were very real and not enjoyable.
Joe Pesci, who played criminal Harry Lime in the first and second “Home Alone” movies, talks about his time working on the set. The first film came out in 1990 while the second one, which came out in 1992, turns 30 this year. The 79-year-old actor told the magazine in an email interview that both “Home Alone” films were “a bit demanding” because they were a “more physical type of comedy.”
In the second installment of the film franchise,Kevin McCallister’s character accidentally ends up on the wrong flight as his family goes on a Christmas vacation. While his parents, siblings, uncles and cousins move to Florida, McCallister ends up in New York City. It begins as a dream with a suit for himself in the plaza, but the child quickly runs into the criminals who attempted to rob his house in the first film.
In both films, McCallister unleashes a world of pain on the criminals, Harry and Marv, the latter played by Daniel Stern. While stunt doubles were used for many of the scenes, Pesci said that some of the ones they did were quite painful—namely, their heads were on fire.
In the first film, her character opens the door to McCallister’s house and a blow torch is activated, causing her hat to catch fire. In the second film he follows the young McCallister to an apartment and is caught in another sordid trap that sets his head on fire once again.
“In addition to the expected bumps, bruises and general pain that you would associate with that particular type of physical comedy, I sustained severe burns on the top of my head during the scene where Harry’s hat is on fire,”Told. “I was lucky to have professional stuntmen do the real heavy stunts.”
Pesci also said that he did everything he could to ensure that the on-screen volatile relationship between Harry, Marv, and Kevin was believable.
“I intentionally limited my conversation [Culkin] To maintain the dynamic between his character, Kevin, and my character Harry,” he told People, adding that he didn’t want “it come across on screen that we’re friendly in any way.”
“I wanted to preserve the integrity of the adversarial relationship,” he said.