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Danny DeVito needs an Irish stunt double this weekend


by Sarah Finnan
27th Aug 2021

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To quote Damian in ‘Mean Girls’, “OMG Danny DeVito, I love your work!”

In news we definitely didn’t think we’d be reporting on today, it seems that Danny DeVito is in Ireland and he “urgently” needs a stunt double to get him out of a jam this weekend.

Here to film scenes for upcoming episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, show producers have apparently put out an emergency call to find a DeVito doppelgänger ahead of this Sunday, August 29. According to a casting on the Movie Extras film site, the paid role is looking for male applicants who are 4ft5 in stature with a 41-inch waist.

Now in its 15th series, the popular American sitcom centres on a group of narcissistic friends who run an Irish bar called Paddy’s Pub over in Philly. DeVito joined the cast in the second season as Frank Reynolds, a character described as “a low-morals man-child with a shady past going through a midlife crisis”. 

Naturally, Irish Twitter couldn’t pass up the opportunity to suggest a few suitable candidates with Michael D amongst the most-mentioned names.

Glad to see I’m not the only one in favour of a Miggeldy cameo. Other fans were keen to convince family members to go for the role, even nominating themselves as worthy candidates for the gig too. 

They’ll have stiff competition from one aspiring stunt double though as it appears that Dublin already has its own semi-famous Danny DeVito look-alike (a self-proclaimed “Danny Dublin DeVito” as per his Instagram handle) and he’s dead set on getting the job. 

This isn’t the first time that some of the Always Sunny cast has visited the Emerald Isle either. Rob McElhenny, the mastermind behind the show, did a tour de Ireland back in 2019. Describing it as “a tremendous gift” to be able to spend some time here with his family and later admitting that it was “one of the best weeks of [his] life”. High praise. 

Joining a long list of other celebs also currently in the country, Hollywood has a certain affinity for filming here of late with the likes of Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Brenda Fricker and Bill Murray all scattered across Ireland. 

Patrick Dempsey (aka Mr McDreamy), Amy McAdams and their Disenchanted colleagues were here earlier this summer as were Freida Pinto and Theo James who were spotted in Kildare back in April. And of course, who could forget when Matt Damon was seen swanning around Dalkey with his SuperValu bag?

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