How Joe Pesci’s Love of Golf Changed the Filming of “Home Alone"

It’s that time of year again, when you can’t turn the TV on without finding Home Alone playing on one channel or another. When actor Joe Pesci’s character, Harry, wasn’t banging crowbars with fellow "Wet Bandit" Marv, he was banging golf balls near the Home Alone set. Producers attempted to schedule Pesci for early call times throughout the shooting of the film — with “attempted” being the key word. Upon learning this, Pesci took a producer by the collar for a walk-and-talk to explain that 7 a.m. call times just weren’t going to work for him. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to get out of bed so early, it just interfered with Pesci’s routine of playing 9 holes of golf first thing in the morning. The Oscar-winner ultimately got what he wanted and call times were pushed back to 9 a.m., giving Pesci enough time to report to the course before reporting to the set.