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'Jumanji' stars Danny DeVito and Danny Glover take friendship to 'The Next Level'

Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

"Danny, you look younger every day!" Danny DeVito shouted -- not at himself but at Danny Glover, who was busy posing for a photo shoot to promote their new film "Jumanji: The Next Level."

DeVito had already taken his solo shots, so he set to amusing himself by backseat directing Glover's session from across the room. "Don't do that, Dan," he heckled as Glover crossed his arms for the camera. "Give them all the stuff we've never seen before, Dan!"

The character actor was already on a comedic streak after goofing off with his hair and makeup artist while waiting for his co-star to show. Now that his friend and fellow Hollywood veteran was here, DeVito was in full-on ham mode. The pair recently spent an extensive amount of time together while making and touring for the "Jumanji" sequel, which is now playing nationwide, yet greeted each other like childhood buddies who hadn't talked since the last high school reunion.

"DD and DG, baby!" Glover exclaimed, pulling DeVito in for a bear hug.

Their familiar dynamic was fitting, considering they play old pals onscreen, though their characters aren't quite as comfortable with each other in the movie. "Jumanji: The Next Level" picks up with its main bunch of misfit kids, who have now graduated from high school and gone their separate ways, only to be pulled back into the game for another round featuring new crafty characters and deadly landscapes.

DeVito plays Eddie, the grandfather of Spencer (Alex Wolff), whom audiences met as a high schooler in 2017's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." Glover portrays Eddie's estranged business partner, Milo, who shows up unannounced on his frenemy's doorstep just in time for the holidays.

 

The two actors have only a handful of minutes in the film's brief exposition to convey decades of history between their characters, from the opening of their restaurant to Milo's friendship-shattering decision to retire from cooking.

"We were able to establish that right off the bat, right off the top -- their relationship," Glover said. "And you can imagine ... the course of actions within that relationship -- the bickering ... the one-upmanship."

As if on cue, DeVito then slipped into restaurant roleplay, filling in some of the gaps "Jumanji" leaves in their complex backstory.

"Never met a man who cracks an egg so slow," he fake-scolded Glover, presumably hard at work in their imaginary kitchen. "For crying out loud, don't examine the damn thing. It's an egg!"

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