His many famous characters — a gruff New York City taxi dispatcher, a nemesis of Batman, a twisted father from Philadelphia — don’t explicitly exude a quintessential New Jersey attitude. But Danny DeVito claims there’s “a bit of Jersey” in all of his roles.
“You can even find Jersey in Oswald Cobblepot,” he said, referring to the villain who becomes the Penguin in “Batman Returns.” He casually peppered in a profanity connoting a sudden realization: “Oswald is down the Shore!”
Out of character, the actor, writer and director speaks with a thick, raspy New Jersey Italian accent, his language as salty as the air in Asbury Park. After a few minutes, or his second cup of coffee (whichever comes first), he quickly finds his state-groomed humor.
“If you hang around a Jersey person enough, you’re going to know that they’re from Jersey because they’re gonna start” busting your chops, said Mr. DeVito, who used much more colorful language, which he did often to punctuate parts of a 90-minute interview this week at the Greenwich Hotel in Manhattan.
Though he fled to the West Coast when his acting career took off, he regularly returns to his home state, where he feels a deep connection: He named his production companies after New Jersey and paid for repairs to the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park so the premiere of “Throw Mamma From the Train,” which he directed and starred in, could be held there. He was the executive producer behind “Garden State,” and when his fellow Jersey icon, Bruce Springsteen, was inducted into the state Hall of Fame, Mr. DeVito gave the introduction.
So it is perhaps fitting that on Saturday officials will announce at the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival that Mr. DeVito will be the first person in the history of the storied shore town to have his own day. Starting this year, Nov. 17, the day the actor was born, will be known as Danny DeVito Day, and Gov. Philip D. Murphy is expected to issue a statewide proclamation in his honor.
“I was very flattered,” Mr. DeVito said. “Of course, they first told me I could have a beach. Yeah, but they reneged. So I said, ‘Oh, that’s perfect. It’s New Jersey.’”
Born in 1944 to a 40-year-old mother — “they weren’t sure if I was a baby or a tumor” — Mr. DeVito, 73, grew up in the typical Jersey Shore mold, possessing a deep local pride that allows him to look at masses of people packed onto a boardwalk and beaches, with an ocean fronted by scalding summer sand, and still see it as paradise.
“There it is, man, the magnificent Atlantic Ocean,” he said. “Just always there for you.”
He recalled biking around the beach and the boardwalk in downtown Asbury Park, trampling flowers and riding through backyards, in search of summer flings and cold ocean dips.
He hung out at the candy store his father owned on Springwood and Dewitt Avenues and was an altar boy at the local Catholic church that he attended with his parents and two older sisters. His first job was “putting the little kids on the rides” at a boardwalk amusement park on Ocean Avenue in Asbury. And he spent many of his teenage nights cruising around Ocean Avenue and Kingsley Street in a junky Buick that his friends polished to boost their dating prospects.
Hot-dog stands offered some of the best chances at finding dates, Mr. DeVito said. “It was really ridiculous,” he said with a belly laugh. “All these cars, just looking for girls, going around. Every once in a while someone kind enough who was of age would throw a beer in the car.”
But it was in the five movie theaters that operated in Asbury Park that he was bitten by the “acting bug.” His first date was at the St. James Theater; he called the Mayfair his “Taj Mahal” for its majestic fountains and decorative entrance; and he never missed a screening at the Paramount, sometimes sneaking through a side door in Convention Hall — even if the projector was mounted high in an office, which gave the films a distorted, trapezoidal appearance.
These days he has been pushing the state to adopt a tax incentive for movie productions. He pointed to the densely populated corridor between Asbury Park and New York as full of production potential, with engineers, technicians, carpenters, cameramen and makeup artists. (When he was a teen, Mr. DeVito himself briefly moonlighted as a beautician at his sister Angie’s salon in Asbury, where he was known as “Mr. Dan.”)
“Now that I’m an icon and have a Danny DeVito Day,” he said with a pause, an eyebrow raised, “I’m going to try my best to get the tax incentive passed in New Jersey so that we can make movies in New Jersey.”
He and Jack Nicholson, who was born in Neptune and whom Mr. DeVito first met filming “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” bonded over “big, big Taylor Ham pork roll sandwiches.” He sang “Happy Birthday Ol’ Blue Eyes” on TV to Frank Sinatra, a Hoboken native, for Sinatra’s 70th birthday, bringing a cake with spring-loaded blue eyeballs that popped out mid-song. Mr. Sinatra even became his neighbor in California, which drew Mr. DeVito’s sister out for a rare visit.
“I could never get her to come to California,” he recalled. Angie, an “original Jersey Girl,” sneered at California as just “a bunch of liberals,” he said.
“But as soon as he moved to town, I couldn’t get rid of her,” he said, mimicking how she would saunter down the road for a “wawk,” only to stop and stare inside the Sinatra house.
He shares a particular affinity and admiration for his fellow Shore celebrity, Mr. Springsteen. Meeting him backstage in the early 1980s, Mr. DeVito recalls being “star struck,” though he promptly ribbed the rock star about owing a mutual friend from Asbury Park “$1.38 for a meatball sandwich, or something ridiculously specific.”
“Bruce is a master man,” he said. “But I feel a kindred spirit to him, since I loaned him the name.”
He smirked as he went on to explain.
“He was born in Freehold,” Mr. DeVito said. “Right? So you can’t call your first album ‘Greetings from Freehold.’ C’mon.”
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