Despite being 71-years-old, Danny DeVito has no qualms about getting stuck into the mad stunts in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. He may be changing his attitude soon though, as according to co-star Charlie Day one adventure in Season 11 almost killed him.
During an appearance on Conan on Tuesday evening, Day explained:
“We did an underwater sequence, and Danny’s incredibly buoyant, like a buoy. It was hard to get him down, so we really had to weigh him down to get the shot where we’re all holding hands.”
So we've got Danny DeVito underwater and weighted. Ok, already sounding pretty dangerous. Day continued:
“And when the shot was over and we were all trying to get back to the surface for air, we all quickly got through the water but because we weighed him down, he sort of got halfway and was going nowhere. And that look of panic in his eyes of like, ‘This is the end, these guys killed me.'”
As you can imagine, DeVito wasn't particularly impressed with the situation and immediately left the set after returning safely to dry land.
“He went straight home. He was like, ‘Goodbye, that’s the end of filming for today.’ I don’t blame him.”
Watch the interview below:
He's Not Alone
One celebrity who can certainly sympathize with DeVito's near-drowning is actress Isla Fisher who experienced a very close call on the set of Now You See Me. Stuck in a large body of water, the actress failed to reach the switch to drain the tank and was trapped for two and a half minutes. She spoke of the incident:
"My chain got stuck. I had to really swim to the bottom. I couldn’t get up. Everyone thought I was acting fabulously. I was actually drowning. No one realized I was actually struggling."
Here is the near fateful scene:
Of course Danny DeVito and Isla Fisher aren't the only actors to have experienced a too-close-for-comfort brush with death while on set. After all, putting oneself in awkward and potentially dangerous situations is all part and parcel of creating captivating scenes for our viewing pleasure.