DeVito is no stranger to rejecting what could be potentially life-changing parts. Later in his career, he turned down the role of George Costanza in “Seinfeld”. That not only dramatically changed his life and career, but completely changed the fabric of “Seinfeld” itself. You don’t just give DeVito a role, that role becomes DeVito.
So while he had to turn down the role, you can now consider the fact that Danny DeVito plays Sallah in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” You also have to consider how that changes that role. DeVito is a very different artist than John Rhys-Davies, who eventually landed the role. Not only in character and energy, but also physically.
In Empire interviewRhys-Davies recalls the first time he saw the script, saying, “I went to see it [Spielberg] and said, “Well, look, it says Sallah is a skinny 5′ 2 Egyptian Bedouin”. Are you suggesting surgery? ” was originally in mind.
However, you don’t have to feel sorry for DeVito. His career has been long and fruitful, and for every George Costanza or Sallah installment he misses, he’s taken in a similarly successful one, like Frank Reynolds in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
What we’ll always think about—what if Danny DeVito accompanies Harrison Ford on his adventures, but considering the movies we got are still great, I’m okay with it. just in my imagination.
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