Danny DeVito’s Recent Social Media Message – ‘From the Bottom of My Heart’
Actor Danny DeVito has of late been on Twitter making a serious request of his fans and followers. Coming from the funnyman, it’s a request that elicits chuckles. However, his motivation is utterly serious. It’s a relevant and timely request to stay home during our current health crisis.
Find out why he’s making this particular appeal, plus his thoughts on a Matilda reboot.
How DeVito snagged the role that launched his career
Danny DeVito became widely recognized after landing the role of Louie De Palma, the morally bankrupt, grumpy cab dispatcher of the Sunshine Cab Company on the 1980s sitcom, Taxi. DeVito won Golden Globe and Emmy awards for his outstanding work on the series.
He talked to The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 about his audition for the role and how he decided to approach the character of Louie.
“The producers are all sitting there. [Producer] Joel [Thurm] introduces me. I stand in the doorway, with the script in my hand, look at them and say, ‘One thing I want to know before we start, who wrote this shit?’ ”
“There was a split second where it could have gone either way. Then they were just paralyzed with laughter. Jim was apoplectic.”
One of DeVito’s most enduring films
With Mara Wilson in the title role, the film Matilda is DeVito’s most beloved movie. Not only did he direct and produce the film, he also starred in it with his wife, Rhea Perlman, as little Matilda’s neglectful parents, Harry and Zinnia Wormwood.
Since its release in 1996, the film only seems to gain more and more fans. The Twins actor was asked in 2019 if he thought it was time for a Matilda reboot.
“I always wanted to do ‘Matilda 2’, but when the kid was still a kid, but that was like 20 years ago, 25 years ago,” DeVito told ComicBook.com in 2019. “Maybe Matilda has a kid, and we can do something [with] that, I don’t know.”
DeVito’s serious message
Just this week, DeVito appeared in a video public service announcement on New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s social media, making the serious request of everyone, but particularly young people, to please stay home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If they didn’t, it could cause dire consequences for older people, like himself.
In the tweet, DeVito said, “Hi everybody, this is Danny DeVito, and I’m asking you, from the bottom of my heart, all over the state of New York, stay home. I mean, everybody. I mean, we got this virus, this pandemic, and you know, young people can get it, and they can transmit it to old people. And the next thing you know, I’m out of there!”
“So, Governor Cuomo asked me to ask you, please, do us a favor, all of us, and stay home, not spread this virus around. Thank you! Watch a little TV, why don’t ya?”