The power of fandom is mighty. And when the game Detective Pikachu came out, fans couldn’t help but feel that the character reminded them of legendary actor and comedian Danny Devito. So much so that when the live-action movie was announced, fans begged for the team at Legendary to hire Devito as the talking Pikachu.
Well, in a chat with Game Informer, producer Cale Boyter and VFX producer Greg Baxter talked about how they almost did just that:
“We definitely thought about it and how it might inform the spirit of it. Danny is incredible by the way. I am a huge fan of Danny DeVito.” – Boyter
“It was really very funny, so I couldn’t speak to all the reasons why it wasn’t Danny DeVito cast. I love Danny and some point maybe after the movie comes about, we can share those early tests. It’s absolutely hilarious.” – Baxter
“I can’t give away too much, but in terms of where the story goes and how it evolves, we had to sort of look at everything, including what fans weren’t seeing yet to make the decision. But that spirit of Danny DeVito, I promise you, is still inside of Pikachu.” – Boyter