Joe Pesci Suffered From 'Serious Burns' While Filming 'Home Alone 2'
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The actor who played the antagonist in Macaulay Culkin's classic holiday movie opens up on the multiple injuries he suffered during the filming of the sequel.

AceShowbiz - Joe Pesci suffered from "serious burns" to his head while filming "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York". While he had a body double for the "real heavy stunts" when reprising his role as criminal Harry in the 1992 sequel, the 79-year-old star still sustained various injuries as a result of the pranks played on his character, including having his hat set on fire by Macaulay Culkin's Kevin McCallister.

"In addition to the expected bumps, bruises, and general pains that you would associate with that particular type of physical humour, I did sustain serious burns to the top of my head during the scene where Harry's hat is set on fire. I was fortunate enough to have professional stuntmen do the real heavy stunts," Joe said.

Joe deliberately kept his distance from Macaulay, now 42, on the set of the "Home Alone" films in order to "maintain the integrity" of their relationship on screen. He told People magazine, "I remember Macaulay as being a really sweet kid and, even at his age, very professional."

"I intentionally limited my interactions with him to preserve the dynamic between his character, Kevin, and my character Harry. [I did not] want it to come across on the screen that we were in any way friendly. I wanted to maintain the integrity of the adversarial relationship."

The "Goodfellas" actor thinks it is unlikely he will reprise the role of Harry again in the future because he doesn't think any new film could recreate the "innocence" of the originals. He said, "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. It's a different time now; attitudes and priorities have changed in 30 years."

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