My right foot: the new film from Danny DeVi-toes
HE made his name on US comedy 'Taxi', but yesterday Hollywood actor Danny DeVito was catching his own cab in Dublin city centre.
The 66-year-old is in the capital scouting for locations for his new film. But it's not called 'My Right Foot', despite some early evening "footage" being released from the balcony of his hotel room.
Staying in U2's Clarence Hotel, the 'LA Confidential' star set the RTE switchboard alight yesterday when he rang Ryan Tubridy live on air to talk about his trip to Ireland.
Understandably, the 'Late Late' show host did a double-take when told DeVito was on the line: "Are you serious? Is it really? Danny DeVito?" listeners heard Tubridy wonder on air.
The star revealed he was travelling nationwide looking for the right setting for his new film, 'The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle', to which Saoirse Ronan, Pierce Brosnan and Morgan Freeman have all been linked.
"It's a wonderful story about a young girl who travels across the sea in a four-rigged mast ship," he said. "I thought it might be a great place to make the movie, with the countryside and the docks.
"The main character Charlotte Doyle gets on a ship in 1832 and travels across with a mutinous crew on the sea. It's rather exciting. We spent the entire day (on Monday) looking at all different places," said DeVito, who was accompanied by his wife, actress Rhea Perlman.
"It has been a little rainy but really good. There are a lot of different machinations to go through to make a movie. I wanted to make sure it was possible to find the location here and the next steps are to put it all together. I think it's definitely a possibility to do here."
A regular on Twitter, he treated fans to a shot of his foot, which he dubbed "the frog", on his hotel balcony overlooking Dublin's quays.
"I love to tweet. I sent a picture from the Clarence Hotel, from my balcony. It's a beautiful day and the frog looks so good with the river below," he said.