Joe Pesci Reflects on Making Home Alone 2 as Movie Turns 30: 'I Did Sustain Serious Burns'

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Joe Pesci "absolutely" knew that Home Alone 2: Lost in New York would be a worthwhile sequel.
In an email interview with PEOPLE in celebration of the film's 30th anniversary, Pesci, 79, says that retaining the original cast and crew from Home Alone for the second part of the entire production is "the same, if not more energy and enthusiasm than the original."
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The Oscar winner cited "more spontaneity and creativity on set" since everyone had worked together on Home Alone 2 in the past.
"It was a nice change of pace doing this particular brand of slapstick comedy," says Pesci, though he noted that his forays into comedy predated "Home Alone" roles in 1983's Easy Money and 1983's Lethal Weapon 2 1989 included.
"But the Home Alone films were a more physical type of comedy, so they were a little more challenging," he adds.
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Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) follows Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) a year after the events of the original Home Alone, when he accidentally boards a flight to New York City while his family goes on vacation to Florida over the Christmas period.
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Indeed, Kevin's encounter with criminals Harry (Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) paves the way for some Christmassy revelry in Manhattan and creates a popular hero-villain dynamic between then-child actor Culkin, now 42, and Pesci's villain.
"Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" with 1992, Chris Columbus, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern in 1992
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"I remember Macaulay being a really sweet kid and very professional even at his age," says Pesci of working with Culkin. "I intentionally limited my interactions with him to preserve the dynamic between his character Kevin and my character Harry."
Pesci notes that he "didn't want it to come across on screen that we were kind of friendly" while filming scenes with the young star.
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"I wanted to preserve the integrity of the hostile relationship," the actor tells PEOPLE.
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Kevin inflicts significant pain on Harry in the original Home Alone films, and Pesci says he actually sustained a significant injury in a memorable scene where Kevin's booby traps set Harry's hat on fire.
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"In addition to the expected bumps, bruises and general aches and pains associated with this particular brand of physical humor, I sustained serious burns to my head during the scene where Harry's hat is set on fire," she said Goodfellas says the actor, noting that he did the stunts required for that particular scene himself.
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"I've been fortunate to have professional stuntmen doing the really hard stunts," he adds.
Pesci only appeared in the first two Home Alone films; The four sequels made after 1992 feature new casts and storylines.
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HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK
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When asked if he would ever consider reprising his role as Harry for a future installment in the franchise, the actor says it would be "difficult" to replicate the innocent aura of the original films.
"Although one never says never, I think it would be difficult to reproduce not only the success but the overall innocence of the originals," Pesci tells PEOPLE. "It's a different time now; attitudes and priorities have changed in 30 years."
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is currently streaming on Disney+ as part of the streaming service's Happy Holidays collection.
Joe Pesci
American actor, comedian and musician
Macaulay Culkin
American actor and singer

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