Playing a potty-mouthed curmudgeon isn’t exactly new for Danny DeVito.
But playing such a guy who also happens to be deeply in love with another man was an interesting twist for the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star.
DeVito, 71, stars in the new short film Curmudgeons which premiered Monday (17 October) on Vimeo and can be seen in its entirety below.
DeVito directed the movie and stars in it opposite his old friend David Margulies who died in January.
In the film, Ralphie (Margulies) and Jackie (DeVito) have fallen in love very late in life and are being kept apart after Jackie breaks his hip and they are sent to live in separate assisted living facilities.
But their supportive grandchildren help bring these curmudgeons back together.
The film is a showcase for Margulies and, it turned out, was his last role.
‘David and I [were] very close — if you know what I mean — for a very long time,’ DeVito tells Vimeo.com.
‘The first time we worked together was 1968 or ‘69. We [did] off-Broadway together, he directed me in a couple plays in New York, and he was a dear friend. So I obviously pushed myself into a role too; I had to give myself a part. We had a good time doing it. We did love each other. Really genuinely.
Margulies did get to see the movie before he died.
‘When I was finished with the film, I had it on my computer and I brought it up to David in Manhattan,’ DeVito says.
‘He was very, very ill. He was struggling — fighting for his life basically — and he got to see it. It was a great experience. It was just about finished, it didn’t have the music in it yet, but everything else was there. He passed away shortly after in January.’