Danny Devito

The ac­tor talks early starts, crooked bankers and gin gim­lets with Han­nah Nathanson

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Do you have a sunny dis­po­si­tion? I do. I like to live in the now, and I al­ways like to think in an op­ti­mistic way. Do you need more stamina act­ing on stage than on screen? It’s dif­fer­ent. We’ve been re­hears­ing The Sun­shine Boys for a while so we’re at a stage when we don’t have to get to work un­til 5pm. The thing I don’t like about movies is the early starts. You’re not an early riser? If I was go­ing to do any­thing in the morn­ings, I’d prob­a­bly be a farmer – plant rhubarb and not have to work with peo­ple. How are you en­joy­ing work­ing in a Lon­don the­atre? Well, the Savoy The­atre is a won­der­ful place if you’re a moun­tain goat. And if you’re an ac­tor? It’s cool if you’re used to climb­ing 70 steps to get to the stage. It would be nice if there was an el­e­va­tor, but on the flip side, I’ve lost 6lbs and have legs of steel. What are you go­ing to miss about your co-star Richard Grif­fiths once the run ends? His gin gim­lets – he’s a master of them. Have you had a chance to see Matilda on stage yet? No, but I have a copy of the movie if you want to bor­row it. You’ve spo­ken about film­ing a se­quel to Twins… Yes, Triplets. We’re go­ing to try to do it next year. Arnold [Sch­warzeneg­ger] and I find out we have an­other brother, played by Ed­die Mur­phy. I don’t know how it’s go­ing to man­i­fest but it will be fun. What did you think when Arnie be­came Gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia? It was a stupid mis­take. I told him it was a dumb thing to do. It’s lu­di­crous to want to be a politi­cian. He didn’t fol­low your ad­vice? No. I’m telling you, kiddo, I give such good ad­vice but my friends don’t lis­ten. What ad­vice would you give to Obama if he wins a sec­ond term? First, he’s got to get elected and we have to make sure of that be­cause Mitt Rom­ney is ridicu­lous. Re­mem­ber that movie I did, Other Peo­ple’s Money? He’s like my part in that, Larry the Liq­uida­tor: he’s spent his life tak­ing other peo­ple’s money. Would you en­cour­age your chil­dren to be­come ac­tors? Oh yeah, it’s a great pro­fes­sion. Bet­ter to be an hon­est ac­tor than a crooked banker, but don’t get me started on that. The Sun­shine Boys is at the Savoy The­atre un­til 28 July (0844 871 7687; sun­shineboys­the­p­lay.com)


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the moves I saw would be hard for your av­er­age cy­clist – hop­ping around on two wheels and piv­ot­ing on a six­pence.

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