Have you ever considered how you would react if brought face-to-face with an enlarged version of your own head? Sounds like something that would only happen in a nightmare. Or on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in front of a studio audience and all of the TV-watching world. At least, if you’re as often-impersonated as Danny DeVito.
When you’ve got a personality as big as Danny’s, you have to expect every comedian, actor and class clown to have their own impression that they whip out anytime the situation warrants it (and sometimes when it doesn’t). DeVito is known for having a good sense of humour about these things, but you can only be so chill when confronted with a hyper-realistic version of your own face.
On Kimmel’s show Thursday, Jimmy asked the actor about his role in the new Jumanji movie where his character inhabits Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s body within the game. That got them on the subject of impressions, prompting Jimmy to show a video of a woman wearing a Danny DeVito mask by Hyperflesh (which is about as terrifying as it sounds).
After the video finishes, Danny turns back around to find Jimmy wearing the exact same (and even more terrifying in real life) Danny DeVito head, and the poor man nearly falls out of his seat FREAKING OUT. The only thing that may have made this video even freakier is if Jimmy also threw on that ominous Danny DeVito crop top we’ve been seeing everywhere.
His reaction is everything. After a good few censored outbursts he regains enough composure to say, “this is the television sequel to Twins!”
Yes, only it’s 1000 per cent better because it involves two identical-looking Danny DeVitos. And what’s better than one Danny DeVito? Obviously, two Danny DeVitos!
DeVito probably recovered more quickly than anyone else would in that situation—going from absolute terror to total fascination in about four seconds flat. He’s used to it by now—when Jimmy asked if he had been coaching The Rock for Jumanji, DeVito said they read lines together but dismissed the idea that real coaching was required, since everyone has an impression of him. We’ve all done it at the dinner table once or twice.
If Jumanji: The Next Level is just going to be more of these priceless moments, consider us there.