Today, Thursday, November 17, 2022, is the 78th birthday of American actor Danny DeVito. While he’s best known these days for playing Frank Reynolds in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he’s also a renowned director. Most notably, he directed the 1996 children’s film Matilda, and also starred in it. Behind the scenes, he took great care of Mara Wilson, the star of the movie.
Wilson played the titular young woman with telekinetic powers. DeVito played her on-screen father, the evil and despicable Harry Wormwood.
Wilson spent all of her time as a child on the film’s set. She learned there and raised a family around film production.
Unfortunately, behind the scenes, his mother, Suzie Wilson, fell ill with breast cancer. With added stress at home, DeVito and her wife, Rhea Perlman, who played her on-screen wife Zinnia Wormwood, offered to bring the eight-year-old actress home to care for her.
Before long, Wilson’s mother took a turn for the worse. And finally, Suzie Wilson died in April 1996, just a few months before Matilda hit theaters.
Matilda hit the big screen on August 2, 1996. Wilson’s mother never got to see the movie, or so Mara thought.
DeVito managed to visit Suzie Wilson in the hospital just before she died to give her a beautiful gift that meant a lot to Mara.
Wilson revealed in his memoirs: Where am I now? -that DeVito visited Suzie in secret and played her a rough version of Matilda before she hit theaters. This allowed her to see his daughter in the movie before anyone else and before she died.
Wilson only found out about this years later and explained how much it meant to her and how grateful she was for DeVito’s gift.
Wilson’s mother also received a tribute over the film’s end credits.
READ MORE: Emma Thompson chided Matilda director ‘Stop hugging the kids’
When Wilson saw that Matilda was devoted to her mother, she said, “I was so happy when I saw that in the credits. And I’m still happy when I see it now. I’m so glad they did it.”
Despite the tragic circumstances of the filming of Matilda, Wilson had nothing but fond memories of the film’s making. She said, “I was having a hard time, and I know I had hard days, but everyone on the film was so nice.”
He also gave DeVito high praise. The 35-year-old added: “Danny and Rhea were like my favorite uncles. It was wonderful. I remember feeling anxious when the movie ended, and it was very difficult to be normal again and deal with my mother’s illness.” .”
The actress added: “I definitely feel like having that family there, and having people willing to take care of us and help us, made it easier.”
DO NOT MISS…
Magical link at the heart of the incredible true-life story of Matilda [NEWS]
Emma Thompson, 63, is dearer than ever with Greg Wise at the event [INFO]
Matilda Star Mara Wilson Now: Whatever Happened to the Matilda Star? [INSIGHT]
Wilson went on to praise the shooting of the film Matilda. She said: “I remember feeling, when I was part of Matilda, that it was nice because I could focus on that and I could focus on all the good things that were going on in my life.”
He also commented on the close relationships he built while on the set of the film. She noted, “She felt very familiar on that set.”
Matilda went on to receive rave reviews. It even received glowing comments from famed film critic Roger Ebert.
He said: “Trunchbull is the kind of villain that kids might enjoy, because she’s too ridiculous to take seriously, and yet she’s really mean and wicked, like the witch in Snow White. And since most kids in one time or another they’ve felt that their parents aren’t nice enough to them, they might as well enjoy the portrait of Matilda’s parents.”
In the past, DeVito has revealed that he “would like” to direct a Matilda sequel in the near future.
She noted that she would like Wilson to reprise her role as Matilda. She also said that she would like to bring Matilda’s daughter to the front of the story.
Until then, Matilda is available to view NOW.
#Danny #DeVito #gave #beautiful #gift #dying #mother #Matilda #star