'Tis the season for Christmas movies, and the most successful of them all is 1990's Home Alone. The movie was the #1 box office draw for twelve weeks straight, a feat hard to imagine ever happening again. While you watch it on TV again with the kids this year, here are some trivial tidbits you can throw at them:
2. Daniel Stern isn’t actually screaming with that tarantula on his face. The scream would have scared the spider, so he only mimed the scream and his actual shriek was dubbed in later. And being the thespian that he is, Daniel Stern would only allow the spider on his face for exactly one take.
3. One of my favorite trivia gems is that Joe Pesci would forget he was in a family comedy and keep dropping F-bombs during his character’s angry outbursts. The director gave him the advice of saying “fridge” as a G-rated substitute.
Even in a family Christmas movie, a little bit of Tommy DeVito from Goodfellas shines through.
That last one doesn't surprise me a bit, but I never considered that the tarantula was real! That's some attention to detail. You'll learn a lot more about Home Alone from the list of 20 Surprising Facts You Might Not Know About Home Alone at Uproxx.