Danny DeVito Touts Blu-ray at Panasonic Booth10 Jan, 2013 By: Stephanie Prange
LAS VEGAS — Actor-producer-director Danny DeVito made a raucous appearance at the Panasonic booth Jan. 9 during the International Consumer Electronics Show to talk about embracing new technology and tout two of his films recently released on Blu-ray Disc.
He introduced a clip from 1992’s Hoffa, which he directed.
“In case you didn’t know, that script was by David ‘Fucking’ Mamet,” he quipped, referring to the writer’s reputation for expletives, which peppered the clip.
“It’s great to see it on Blu-ray,” DeVito said.
He’s seen the film in various formats, including DVD, but “Blu-ray just kicks its ass,” he said, adding the movie remastered for the high-definition disc release is “a sight to behold.”
The Blu-ray of The War of the Roses (1989), also directed by DeVito, shows off the “wonderful” cinematography of Stephen Burham, he said.
Asked about directing films, DeVito compared it to having a child.
“You live with it, you nurture it and you send it out into the world — and they never call you,” he said.
He also discussed using Twitter to connect with fans. Online he’s posted various photos of his foot (called the “Troll Foot” in reference to a sequence on his long-running FX TV show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) at various locales. DeVito unveiled said foot, taking off his shoe and sock with a flourish to cheers from the crowd.
When asked about what roles he would like to play as an actor, DeVito said he wanted the role of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire. But he said acting involves “lots of competition.”
“Brad Pitt gets all the parts,” he said.