Danny DeVito has revealed that he is reuniting with Arnold Schwarzenegger on a new project – 35 years after Twins hit our screens.
The beloved comedy was released in 1988, and saw the unlikely brothers finding out that they were separated at birth, and going on a journey to uncover their biological mother.
It was a surprise success, raking in more than $210million at the global box office and, thanks to some savvy negotiations behind the scenes, netted the pair the biggest paychecks of their film careers.
There were previously talks of a second film in 2012 – with Eddie Murphy joining the fold as their long-lost triplet – but this was officially scrapped after director Ivan Reitman’s death.
However, it turns out there was another movie in the works that never saw the light of day thanks to Arnie being elected as Governor of California in 2003.
Speaking to GQ, Danny, who starred as Vincent Benedict, said: ‘Arnold and I want to work together. We missed Twins 2, because he became governor – which, he should have done Twins 2 instead of becoming governor.
‘Now we have a little thing going, a little project that we’ve been chatting about.’
He insisted that the project isn’t related to Twins, but remained coy on the exact details surrounding it.
‘It’s just two friends, two guys, because we have a good time together,’ he added to the outlet. ‘We complement each other in a lot of ways. I am way stronger than he is.’
Never change, Danny.
Arnie previously opened up about the incredible success of Twins, which came off the back of his stints in the Terminator franchise and Conan the Barbarian, and explained that he really had to push for the film to be made – as movie bosses didn’t think he could translate into comedy.
During a recent talk at 92NY to promote his new book, Be Useful, he reflected on his huge Hollywood career, admitting: ‘First they said to me that I can never be an action star, or a leading man, because of my accent, and because my body is overdeveloped, and because my name, no one can pronounce.
‘There were all these reasons why it was a “no, it can’t be done.” Then when I proved to them that I could do it … all of a sudden, I was taking off as the action hero in the 80s.
‘Then when I have arrived and now I’m this big action star, getting $20million a movie, I said, I don’t want to just do action movies. My vision expanded and I want to also do comedies.
‘But the studio said, “Why would we do that? Why would we finance a movie that we don’t know if it will ever make money, when we have a guarantee with the action movies?”’
‘They didn’t go for it,’ he continued. ‘So then Ivan Reitman, who directed Ghostbusters, came to me said: “I see that you have a great sense of humor and I think that we can develop something for you. Let me think about it.” And he developed Twins, he then came up with the idea with Danny DeVito.
‘We made a deal with Universal Studios and we said, you do not have to take much risk, because none of us will take a salary … But in return, we’re going to get 37.5% ownership of the movie. They went for it.
‘To shoot the movie [cost] $16.5million and they don’t have to pay the salaries, so there’s very little risk involved. We ended up making more money on that movie….
‘This was the first movie that ever made over $100million at the box office. It made $128million domestically, $216million internationally. Imagine 37%, we divided it up according to our salaries. So, I made a lot of money…’
And the rest is history.
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