Joe Pesci says playing Harry in the ‘Home Alone’ films came with some ‘serious’ pain
They say artists should be willing to do anything for their art, and for Joe Pesci, that includes setting his head on fire.
In a new interview with peopleThe Oscar winner reflected on the making of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” on the sequel’s 30th anniversary and recalled how the comedy required some physically “demanding” stunts on his part. .
“It was a nice change of pace to do that particular type of slapstick comedy,” Pesci said First Two “Home Alone” movies In the email interview, published on Tuesday.
In the uber-successful franchise, Pesci Played a half beaten thief The pair (along with Daniel Stern) are constantly one-upped by a clever kid played by Macaulay Culkin. that acknowledged that the films were “a more physical kind of comedy, so, a bit more demanding.”
An example – when Pesci’s character unsuspectingly walks into a booby trap set by Harry Culkin’s Kevin, which causes the fire to go out.
“Besides the expected bumps, bruises and general pain you’d associate with that particular kind of physical humor, I sustained severe burns on the top of my head during the scene where Harry’s hat caught fire,” Goodfellas said. ” Starr recalled.
In fact, Harry’s head pops not once but twice in the movies, once in 1990’s “Home Alone” and again in the 1992 film, when Harry and Marv (Stern) follow Kevin to a house under renovation. (Pacey did not specify during which film he was injured.)
Pacey added that he was “lucky enough to have professional stuntmen do the really heavy stunts.”
“Home Alone 2,” which hit theaters on November 20, 1992, Pesci, Culkin and Stern are welcomed back, along with Catherine O’Hara and John Hurd as Kevin’s parents. The film also starred Oscar-winning actress Brenda Fricker as the Pigeon Lady.