Dannies Baker and De Vito have abandoned plans to co-star in a new transatlantic TV comedy show, the Two Dannies, after being accused of “similarity”.
Baker, well known for being both original and outspoken, refused to travel to New York to film the show. Meanwhile the outspoken and original De Vito refused to come to London. In the end, the pilot episode of The Two Dannies was shot exactly midway between the two cities, aboard an aircraft.
“I made sure Danny got to shoot all the exterior material,” ribbed Baker. De Vito wisecracked: “It’s the first time any pilot show where the pilot had to intervene to stop the American star killing the less well-known English one, recently fired from his radio show.” But the two men really fell out when crew members started to feign lack of ability to tell one Danny from another, despite the obvious difference in wealth and eyeware. “That’s such a British word, “feign”, mocked De Vito. And is it true that no-one likes you and you don’t care, Danny? How can you live with yourself?"
Both men deny the charge of plagiarising each other’ s appearance, but admit to having 50% of the same name. “That’s where the confusion arses,” Danny Baker told the Hollywood Reporter. “Don’t you mean arises?” quipped De Vito. “That’s the trouble with you English. It’s not that you don’t speak your own language properly. It’s that you’re all anally fixated.”