Danny DeVito says Dr. Seuss' widow, Audrey, has been "very, very supportive" about the making of the animated movie "Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax.'"
The 67-year-old actor portrays the part of the title character in the movie, which is based on the author and poet's 1971 children's book. The film hit theaters on Friday, March 2, on what would have been the author's 108th birthday. Singer Taylor Swift portrays an original character, also named Audrey.
Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, died at age 87 in 1991. He married his Audrey Stone Dimond, his second wife, in 1968.
"We got some rhymes in there, we stuck with Dr. Seuss, we were on the same page as his widow and she's been very, very supportive," DeVito told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the recent Los Angeles premiere of "The Lorax."
The actor's character, The Lorax, is a grumpy yet charming creature who is fighting to protect his world. In the film, 12-year-old Ted, portrayed by Zac Efron, is on a search for something that will help him win the girl of his dreams. Audrey is his love interest. During his quest, he discovers The Lorax, who aims to save the Truffula forest from destruction after it comes under threat.
"I was very happy with the way the director put it together - they put all the characters, they just work organically in the movie, and I love the color and 3D of course," DeVito told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "But all the different characters - I mean Taylor Swift and Zac Efron and everybody worked and meshed together," he added. "And I loved the Barbaloots - they're very, very funny."
The Barbaloots are tiny teddy bear-like creatures. Swift also listed them as her favorite characters.
DeVito, currently known for his role as Frank in the FX comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," is no stranger to children's films. He and wife Rhea Perlman portrayed "grundles" in the 1986 children's film "My Little Pony." DeVito also directed and starred in the 1996 live-action classic "Matilda."
The actor, who has three children with Perlman, explained to OnTheRedCarpet.com how he still likes to contribute to entertainment for young people.
"I like to mix it up," he said. "I think it's a really good thing to make a contribution if you get a chance. I was very fortunate to get to do the voice of The Lorax. You know I did 'Matilda,' which was a kids movie, I made it for kids, I made it for young adults - young girls and boys - and I think every once in a while it's a good thing to throw that in the mix."
"You know they're out there, and they need entertainment, and if you have something like 'The Lorax' to put out, you gotta jump on it," he added.
Swift's character is named Audrey, who is also the name of Seuss' widow. " DeVito said. "I think you're gonna love it - I think you're gonna love the movie, and applaud the way the film makers put it together."Reporting by Jason Marshall, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).