“I love Colin [Farrell]. He’s a great guy. My penguin is better.”
Given that Danny DeVito was hooked on a lie detector test and it indicated that he was indeed telling the truth, there is no reason not to believe him.
Danny DeVito has opened up about some of his more iconic roles lately. In another recent interview, DeVito expressed his interest performing in the live action Hercules movie. “Whose [Disney doesn’t] put me in it, they don’t have a hair on their ass.” DeVito, of course, played Hercules’ satyr trainer Phil in Disney’s 1997 animated version.
The Penguin aka Oswald Cobblepot is one of the most iconic members of Batman’s rogues gallery. Danny DeVito portrayed the iconic Penguin in Tim Burton’s Batman returns (1992), earned an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Villain (he lost to Jennifer Jason Leigh in Single White Female). Colin Farrell played him recently Batman and is set to return to one Penguin TV series. Burgess Meredith’s take was cartoonish, but also the first time anyone played the character more than once in live-action form. Meredith starred in the 1960s show and the 1966 film.
Before Danny DeVito was cast as The Penguin, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Christopher Lloyd were considered. Tim Burton reportedly wanted Marlon Brando for the role.
DeVito also named Michael Keaton as his favorite Batman. “This is Batman to me” he said when shown a picture of Keaton.
DeVito will appear in next year’s Haunted Mansion alongside Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson and Tiffany Haddish.
What do you think? Who played the better Penguin? Do you tip your hat to Danny DeVito or Colin Farrell?