That time Danny DeVito played Napoleon — twice!

In 2000, Ridley Scott Indicates what the Academy considers the best picture of that year, wins Gladiator Oscar’s favorite. Since then, he has become known for directing similar historical epics such as: Kingdom of Heaven And Exodus: God and King. Gladiator Also received Joaquin Phoenix His first Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor, and now, after finally winning the statue for his third nomination in 2020, Joker The stars are returning to him Gladiator The director is now full circle. Trailer for Scott’s newest historical film Napoleon Recently dropped and showed Phoenix as a famous French military commander. Some fans have expressed concern about its historical accuracy, due to its inclusion of legends such as Napoleon’s shooting of the Giza Pyramids. At least they avoided the most famous myth of Napoleon’s height. The same cannot be said for the time Danny DeVito He played in 1995.

The 4-foot-10 actor played 5-foot-10 in 1995. Napoleon, but if you don’t remember DeVito wearing the iconic Bicorne hat, don’t worry. It is not an example of the Mandela effect. In fact, Danny DeVito technically never played Napoleon in a real-life movie, but he played a character who did. 1995 Napoleon is a movie within a movie, and a movie that (finally) is Take Shorty. In it, DeVito played the role of actor Martin Weir, whose historical epic was marketed as an Oscar contender that day. The poster for the fictional film sees his face looking serious, printed huge, with the words “Banished, but not forgotten…” as the dramatic tagline. Banner also gives credit Barry Sonnenfeld As its director in small print, which means Take Shorty The director is still in the world of his films. This role is a brand of satire popular in Hollywood films self-reference, but what is the context of the role of DeVito in. Take ShortyAnd who is the target of this particular joke?

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‘Get Shorty’ star Danny DeVito is a typical movie star

Danny DeVito as Martin Weir as Napoleon on the billboard in 'Get Shorty.'
Image via MGM

Take Shorty A film based on a novel by Elmore Leonard and follow Miami gangster Chili Palmer (played by John TravoltaFresh from the role of a gangster to restore his career in pulp fiction). Chili arrives in Hollywood to collect debt but finds that the film industry can be just as cut throat as the masses. The trailer of the film cleverly uses a combination of spoken and written words to contradict each other, increasing the comparison between these two worlds. “In a town known for fame (cheating), wealth (greed), and glamor (backstabbing), an honest man comes to Hollywood to kill.” Chili settled down to work for the film and interacted with colorful characters along the way, one of which was DeVito’s Martin Weir.

Chili arrives in Los Angeles in search of B-Movie director Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman). He confronts him by turning up at the horror movie star’s house and calling Queen Karen Flores (Rene Russo). Chili then pitches Harry the idea of ​​adapting his debt collection adventure into a movie, but to do so, they need a star attached to help raise money. Karen, now down in Chili’s, secures a producer position by setting up a meeting with her ex-husband, famous movie star Martin Weir. Weir is a parody of himself with famous Hollywood names often criticized for producing. His unexpected lack of sympathy for Karen’s feelings into this familiar caricature, but it only shows us his offensive campaign for. Napoleon That this idea really hammers home. The author of the novel, Elmore Leonard, even admitted to The Guardian that DeVito’s character was modeled specifically on his own first experience of working with. Dustin Hoffman.

DeVito’s character is based on Dustin Hoffman


Leonard’s novels and short stories have led to the greatest adaptations of the 90s including Quentin Tarantino‘s Jackie Brown And Steven Soderbergh’s Out of sight. However, the author had a less than favorable experience with adjusting the screen first Take Shorty. Martin Scorsese At one point, interested in developing an adaptation of Leonard’s novel Labrava. He told The Guardian how Scorsese and actor Dustin Hoffman kept shuttling him to and from New York with live script treatments. “Finally, I said to them: ‘Look, it’s okay for you, but I’m not getting paid for this.’ Hoffman said: ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get paid’. My agent was laughing on the floor when I told him this, he said: ‘They won’t make a picture’. Leonard’s agent was right, and the project never left the ground.

According to the interview, is jealous Al Pacino Wanted the La Brava project for himself, demanding “everything with Hoffman’s fingerprint on it.” This certainly doesn’t do the process any favors and may account for its non-starter results. Leonard’s awareness of Hollywood’s constant competition and competition inspired his work Take Shorty, and he admits that his frustration with Hoffman was vented through the creation of Martin Weir. What better way to show the similarities between mobsters and celebrities than by giving Danny DeVito an actor full of empty promises? As for the choice to have Weir star as Napoleon of all people, of course, this can be a joke about the height of the French general. Napoleon is considered a short man, just like DeVito, although historians argue that this is a propaganda. The joke remains popular, however Take Shorty Not the only instance of DeVito handing out a Bicorn.

‘Get Shorty’ wasn’t the last time DeVito dressed up as Napoleon

Danny DeVito dressed as Napoleon in a Nespresso commercial.

Twenty years after he was dressed in head to toe Napoleon garb for Take Shorty, Danny DeVito returns to our screens as (potentially) another actor in the role of a historical figure. 2015 saw DeVito together with Out of sight‘s George Clooney For one of Clooney’s famous Nespresso ads. The ad sees Clooney using a Nespresso machine in a studio break room with a long line of coffee lovers waiting to turn his back. In another line, DeVito puts on his Napoleon costume and pours himself a mug of scarce filter coffee. The line behind him consists of two ugly looking background artists. This made DeVito reconsider his life. Clooney took DeVito under his wing, teaching him how to dress and act to be worthy of the Nespresso lifestyle. In the end, the student became the master, teaching the next filmmaker how to trace. His feet.

Behind the scenes, Clooney joked Entertainment tonight, “One of us was dressed as a dictator. I don’t want to point, but…” DeVito answered by joking, “I got that part because of the hat. It fits me, it doesn’t fit him.” In the interview, Clooney also joked that DeVito himself brought his impressive hat. It may be that DeVito owns the suit, having taken it from his photo shoot as Napoleon. Take Shorty? Studying a full-body photo from a 90s photoshoot, it looks similar to the one he wears with Nespresso. Revenge of his role as a perfectly suitable actor for the biography of Napoleon continues to be a joke that DeVito enjoys with the champion. But will this recurring image of Danny DeVito in the role ruin this latest release, as Joaquin Phoenix turns in a serious performance from the 1995 comedy? Only time will tell.

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