Joe Pesci says he sustained 'serious burns' to his head doing one of the memorable stunts in 'Home Alone 2'

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Joe Pesci in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York."20th Century Fox
  • Joe Pesci did the scene on his own in "Home Alone 2" where his head caught on fire.

  • The Oscar-winner revealed to People that it didn't work out well for him.

  • "I did sustain serious burns to the top of my head," the actor said.

It turns out things didn't go well for Joe Pesci when he did one of the stunts in the holiday movie classic, "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York."

In the sequel to the equally memorable original movie in which Macaulay Caulkin is left home alone for the holidays and must ward off burglars played by Pesci and Daniel Stern by devising clever traps for them, the trio are now doing the cat-and-mouse act in New York City.

Like the original, Pesci and Stern's dimwitted characters are victims of some crazy traps. In one, which is a callback to the first movie, Pesci's character Harry once more has his head catch on fire. But for the sequel, Harry doesn't realize it until he walks to a mirror and notices that he's a human torch.

Looking back on the movie 30 years later in a recent interview with People, the Oscar-winner revealed it wasn't a fun stunt to do.

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Joe Pesci.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

"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," the "Goodfellas" actor said.

"I was fortunate enough to have professional stuntmen do the real heavy stunts," he added.

Pesci is known best for starring in memorable Martin Scorsese movies like "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas," the latter of which earned the actor his Oscar. But "Home Alone" director Chris Columbus told Insider back in 2020 for the original's 30th anniversary that even on the set of Scorsese's 2019 movie "The Irishman," everyone wanted to talk to Pesci about "Home Alone."

"I ran into Marty Scorsese after he had done 'The Irishman' and he told me, "We're out in the streets shooting and all anyone wanted to talk to Joe about was 'Home Alone,'" Columbus said. "Quite a compliment from the guy who directed Joe's best work. I find it hilarious that people are still coming up to Joe Pesci and they want to talk about him in 'Home Alone.'"

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