After playing a nerdy kid in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Johnson and the film’s director, Jake Kasdan, wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to play a character in a video game. In an interview with Film magazine TotalJohnson explains the creative process that led to DeVito being the perfect choice for the “Jumanji” sequel:
“It’s the weirdest and wildest thing about Danny DeVito’s channel. When we decided to do the sequel, we sat around the table and thought, ‘Well, one of the biggest joys of Jumanji is the idea that we’ve made these video game avatars, actually. , anyone can be.’ We can bring in any actor. So I told Jake [Kasdan], our director, ‘What if we took the idea of Cocoon with the elders, and we applied that here?’ And from there, new ideas really started to emerge.“
Going from Wolff to DeVito was no easy feat, but Johnson did not hesitate to plunge headlong into the difficult task. This includes getting to know him personally and observing all of his quirks and traits:
“What about Danny DeVito. And I said, ‘I’m 100% human.’ So then I spent some time with Danny, and learned about him, his allusions, and his personality, and he gave a certain speech.“
Let’s be clear, Johnson doesn’t drag performances all the time when playing an upgraded version of DeVito. It does show, however, that Johnson is willing to venture out of his shell to provide blockbuster entertainment. And, most importantly, DeVito approved of his role.
https://www.slashfilm.com/997041/dwayne-johnson-went-all-in-on-channeling-danny-devito-for-jumanji-the-next-level/ Dwayne Johnson gave it his all when delivering Danny DeVito to Jumanji: The Next Level