'Home Sweet Home Alone': Aisling Bea says Archie Yates is 'mini Tom Cruise' with stunts (exclusive)

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Aisling Bea says Home Sweet Home Alone star Archie Yates was like "a mini Tom Cruise" who did all of his own stunts, suggesting the Mission: Impossible producers could come knocking.

Yates plays pre-teen Max in the movie, who has to defend his home from burglars — played by Rob Delaney and Ellie Kemper — after his family inadvertently leave him behind.

"I did pretty much all of my stunts," said the 12-year-old star in a chat with Yahoo Entertainment UK. 

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He added: "That was so fun to do and I think I am going to request to do all of my stunts from now on."

Aisling Bea and Archie Yates star in 'Home Sweet Home Alone'. (Disney+)
Aisling Bea and Archie Yates star in 'Home Sweet Home Alone'. (Disney+)

Bea, who plays Max's mother in the movie, said she was impressed by her co-star's action man credentials.

She said: "He's a mini Tom Cruise. You're about as tall as Tom Cruise already and, in fact, he might even start doing Tom Cruise's stunts if the Mission: Impossible people are watching."

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Bea also joked that the repetition value of Christmas movies means that Yates will have a timeless quality and effectively stay a child forever.

"You'll be forever young, kept in your porcelain doll box," Bea said, suggesting he could be wheeled out every year.

She added: "I think it's so hard to find someone who wasn't a superfan of [Home Alone films]. They sit at a time where there wasn't a million movies to watch. 

Archie Yates finds himself at the centre of slapstick mayhem in 'Home Sweet Home Alone'. (Philippe Bosse/20th Century Studios/Disney+)
Archie Yates finds himself at the centre of slapstick mayhem in 'Home Sweet Home Alone'. (Philippe Bosse/20th Century Studios/Disney+)

"It was such a destination to go to the cinema at Christmas and watch something and then it's repeated all the time, so this franchise sits in people's hearts a lot more."

Yates broke out as a star of the future with his performance in Taika Waititi's Second World War comedy Jojo Rabbit and was cast to lead Home Sweet Home Alone.

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"I fell in love with Archie when I saw him in Jojo Rabbit and thought he had to be our kid lead," said director Dan Mazer, adding that he put a great deal of effort into shooting the slapstick moments.

"I was very keen to make sure that it wasn't a CGI fest and as much of it was done practically as possible, which I'm not sure I told the actors in the process of drawing them into the movie."

Home Sweet Home Alone is available to stream via Disney+ now after premiering as part of the Disney+ Day celebrations on 12 November.

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