- Danny DeVito and his daughter, Lucy DeVito, appeared in an interview with Vanity Fair on Thursday.
- DeVito, 77, said his portrayal of the Penguin was better than Colin Farrell’s version.
- Farrell played the Penguin in “The Batman,” while Danny played the character in “Batman Returns.”
Danny DeVito said his portrayal of the Penguin was better than Colin Farrell’s version in “The Batman.”
The 77-year-old shared his thoughts while taking a lie detector test for Vanity Fair with his eldest daughter, Lucy DeVito. During the interview, which was published on Thursday, Lucy slid a photo of Farrell, 46, onto the table, which prompted Danny to share his opinion on Farrell’s portrayal of the character.
“Oh, Colin? I love Colin. He’s a terrific guy,” DeVito said. “My Penguin was better.”
DeVito then asked the polygraph examiner if his statement was true, to which she replied that he was telling the truth.
“It certainly was. In my opinion. It’s my opinion. Good man though, Colin’s a good guy,” he continued.
Representatives for Farrell did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
DeVito played the Penguin in the 1992 film “Batman Returns.” The film grossed $45 million during its opening weekend and later grossed $266 million worldwide. Tim Burton, who directed the film, told the Los Angeles Times in 1992 that the Penguin ranked low on his list of characters.
“The Penguin was always my least favorite character, because I couldn’t tell who he was,” Burton told the outlet. “He was like a guy in a top hat. Sorry, not interesting.”
Burton continued that even after casting DeVito, they needed “to come up with a strong reason, some subtext, for him to be the Penguin. It wasn’t enough to put Danny in that top hat.”
Farrell was later cast as the DC villain in the March 2022 film “The Batman,” which grossed $134 million during opening weekend, and $770 million globally. Farrell told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel in January 2020 that the film’s script was “really beautiful, dark, moving.”
“I fought valiantly for a cigar. I even at one stage said, ‘I can have it unlit. Just let me have it unlit.’ And they were like, ‘no,’ like a bunch of 12-year-olds were going to start smoking Cuban cigars because of [it],” Farrell said.