Danny DeVito knows who Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is and thinks he’d make a better Prime Minister than David Cameron. Makes you glad to be alive, doesn’t it?
The actor is being lauded on social media for pledging allegiance to the left wing politician in an interview with the Press Association: “I like the idea of people telling the truth. I like them to get to the bottom of things. In our government we have a lot of subterfuge. Now we’ve got the Panama thing [the recently published documents that reveal the methods by which rich and powerful people, including Cameron’s father, avoid paying tax]. What is it? Why doesn’t anybody want to pay taxes and just fix the country and make everybody have a good life? It’s really crazy… I think [Corbyn] would make a great PM. Way better than Cameron.”
G’wan, Danny! But it’s not the first time we’ve wanted to hug the loveable, pint-sized star. He’s been a legend for a long time, as we shall see…
Every time he went to Coachella
Now 71, DeVito has been going to the coolest Cali music festival since you were tentatively spending the day at Reading & Leeds Festival before waiting to be picked up by your parents.
— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) April 12, 2013
But specifically this particular time
2010, and EDM button-pusher Deadmau5 is about to drop the bass. Topless 20-somethings are losing their shit, but not as much as Twins actor Danny DeVito, who becomes a sort of human praise hands emoji.
When he made Pulp Fiction happen
Danny likes to party, we’ve established that, but he also knows talent when he sees it. He runs a successful production company, Jersey Films, through which he’s produced films such as Get Shorty, Garden State and Erin Brockovich. Also: Pulp Fiction, the script for which he bought from Quentin Tarantino before it was even written. He hadn’t even seen its predecessor, Reservoir Dogs, at that point! He was introduced to a young Tarantino at the Terminator 2 premiere and later recalled: “I listened to him talk for about 10 minutes, thinking, ‘I may be meeting someone who talks faster than Martin Scorsese’. I said: ‘I want to make a deal with you for you next movie, whatever it is.'”
Which is surely enough to make you dance like this for the rest of your life
DeVito is a cracking dancer, a defence mechanism he claims he adopted as a teenager in deprived New Jersey because it meant people were too impressed by his skills to bully him for his small stature. In August 2013, celebrating his baseball team Los Angeles Dodgers’ victory over the New York Mets, he let it all hang out.
When his squad beats yours
DeVito made his name playing a skeezy dispatcher at a New York taxi firm the late ’70s/early ’80s sitcom Taxi . Man, he came out of it with hella stories to tell. “We’d finish shooting an episode at 10pm on a Friday night, then party like animals through to Sunday,” he said years later. “And when I say “we” I mean fellow cast members as well as guys like Robin Williams, who was shooting in the same studio lot, John Belushi, who was a friend of people in the cast, and Jack Nicholson, who was a friend of mine.” Fuck, our friends are lame.
Speaking of which…
There was that time he was in Friends, wasn’t there? His 2004 episode was called ‘The One Where The Stripper Cries’ and sees Danny play a despondent stripper who vows to quit the game, but not before treating the ladies in the room to one final reveal.
And that wasn’t his only classic cameo
He played Herb Powell, Homer’s half-brother in the 1991 Simpsons episode ‘Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?’. A super successful car manufacturer, he goes out of business when he foolishly allows Homer to design the ugliest car in the world. D’oh!
Despite his success, though, he really cares
About equality, about the environment, about you. Speaking in 2012, he said: “I just don’t think equality is there at all… It’s inequality for young people, old people, women, minorities – there’s no balance. We’re seeing that in the world. People feeling that there’s an incredible lack of genuine fairness. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a capitalist, but if I know that my money’s into something that I don’t want it to be in, then I take it out immediately. I don’t want to propagate more smog in the air, I don’t want to deplete the rainforests, I don’t want to do anything like that.”
But he’ll never be worthy
Not when he does stuff like turn up on American talk show The View still, erm, ‘high-spirited’ from a banging night out with George Clooney.
Finally, there’s literally every There’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia scene he’s ever filmed
Soon the be one of the longest running sitcoms ever, the show’s so good it didn’t even peak when Danny Devito’s character, the thrillingly unscrupulous Frank Reynolds, climbed naked from inside from a sofa. Danny, you may have escaped that sofa, but you remain in our hearts always and forever.