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Danny DeVito Speaks Out About Colin Farrell’s Penguin

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Danny DeVito Speaks Out About Colin Farrell’s Penguin
Danny DeVito Speaks Out About Colin Farrell’s Penguin (Warner Bros.)

Danny DeVito has finally shared his thoughts on Colin Farrell's portrayal of 'Penguin'.

The Irishman plays the snarling Oswald Cobblepot in Matt Reeves' iteration of the comic book hero story.

But while DeVito played an otherworldly version of the iconic villain in Tim Burton's 1992 sequel Batman Returns, Farrell's Oz is much more grounded in real life - so no webbed fingers this time round.

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Since its release, the movie has received rave reviews, with the In Bruges actor singled out for his performance. And DeVito was full of praise too.

He told TheWrap: "I thought Colin did a great job. Certainly a different milieu.

"I think it was a more edgy, serious, gangster-y Batman. Of course there's three Italians who are bad guys in it, the Falcones (laughs).

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Colin Farrell's Penguin is very different to Danny DeVito's. Credit: Warner Bros.
Colin Farrell's Penguin is very different to Danny DeVito's. Credit: Warner Bros.

"But I feel like in terms of the performances, I thought Colin – who is a good buddy of mine – I think he did a great job in that.

"You take your hat off to anybody who sits in the makeup chair that long. I did it with The Penguin and loved it."

However, if he had to choose which one he preferred, DeVito was pretty honest.

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He said: "My feeling of comparing the two movies, I'm like a Tim Burton fan.

"I like the whimsical, the operatic, the disaffected Pee-wee Herman throws me off a bridge (laughs). That makes me smile."

The It's Always Sunny star isn't the first former Batman villain to offer their opinion of the current cohort.

Jim Carrey told UNILAD he has 'mixed emotions' about Paul Dano's 'very dark version' of The Riddler.

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Jim Carrey said he had 'mixed emotions' about Paul Dano's Riddler. Credit: Warner Bros
Jim Carrey said he had 'mixed emotions' about Paul Dano's Riddler. Credit: Warner Bros
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Carrey played the same character in Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever, starring opposite Val Kilmer's Bruce Wayne.

"I’ve not seen it. It’s a very dark version," he said. "I have mixed emotions about it. To each his own and all that. I love him as an actor, he’s a tremendous actor."

Citing The Batman's grimmer tone, he continued: "There’s a spot of worry in me over gaffer-taping people’s faces and encouraging people to do the same. Some sickos out there that might adopt that method.

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"I do have a conscience about the things I choose. Robotnik has cartoon bombs and no-one gets hurt.

"I know there’s a place for it, and I don’t want to criticise it, but it’s not my kind of thing… it’s very well done, those movies are very well done."

The Batman is currently available to watch in cinemas.

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