The cast of Home Sweet Home Alone had a press conference and Nerdophiles got the scoop on this reimagining of the iconic film franchise that generations adore. This iteration follows Max Mercer (Archie Yates), a curious and resourceful kid who is accidentally left behind when his family goes on a trip to Japan. So when married couple Pam (Ellie Kemper) & Jeff (Rob Delaney), a pair of thieves set their sights on breaking into the Mercer home, Max has to take matters into his own hands!
Stars Archie Yates, Rob Delaney, Ellie Kemper, Aisling Bea, and Ally Maki were on hand to discuss all things about Home Sweet Home Alone, including the physicality and so much more!
On the physicality of the film and the preparation that went into it, Rob Delaney shared: “We started stunt training well before we started shooting, thank goodness. And we were really required to do most of the stunts in the film. Yes, professional stunt people did them as well and if we did a bad job, they edited them in, but they really put us through the paces, which frankly, was shocking to me because I thought that I would just have to dip in for a humorous rejoinder now and then. But they’re like, “No, we’re going to require you to be in the entire film and doing the stunts,” which was scary, educational, and really very fun.” Ellie Kemper added: “Yeah. It turned out to be a lot of fun. I hadn’t done anything like that before. It was challenging but also fun and athletic in a way I wasn’t expecting.”
On how he channeled his inner Kevin McAllister, Archie Yates shared: “I did take a lot of inspiration from the original Home Alone movies. I mean, I religiously watch them every year at Christmas. Yeah, so it was pretty easy for me to relate. But then again, Max Mercer is supposed to be a completely different character from Kevin McAllister. So while I did want it to be the classic, “Ah,” I also wanted it to be more original and a bit different because that’s what this film is all about. It’s the same universe, but it’s a completely different story.”
And on classic moments from the original film that they wanted to incorporate into this film, Aisling Bea shared: “For me, it was the emotional moment of seeing your son again and that moment at the door. And that’s, I think, because you get such a feeling from that moment and then also unemotionally, the brown coat, that the mother has a brown coat. Some actors worked differently. I worked from the coat out.” Ally Maki added: “For me, I mean, just purely the hijinx. I feel like we all grew up on this movie and just seeing the booby traps being set, I think we all wanted to have a booby trap house growing up. And growing up, I had one of the, you know how they have the Talkboy? I had the Talkgirl, which is the pink version of that recording device. And I just thought I was so cool all day just talking and recording it back. So yea the gadgets and hijinx.”
Be sure to check out, Home Sweet Home Alone, streaming on Disney+ right now!