danny devito sunny franks brother Danny DeVito compares 'It's Always Sunny' vs. 'Taxi' to 'Fringe'Zap2it recently got a chance to speak with legendary comedic actor Danny DeVito about “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” He made a really interesting comparison for “Sunny” vs. “Taxi,” the show he was famous for in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

“It’s like… have you ever watched ‘Fringe?’ says DeVito. “It’s like another universe. It’s like the same thing, in a way, because [‘Sunny’ has] really good writing and we had great writing on ‘Taxi.’ We had a great cast on ‘Taxi’ and we have a great cast on Sunny. And we have people who really care about each other, but it’s just an alternate universe. It’s like a kind of a different milieu. A different whole zeitgeist, what goes on there.”

When asked to elaborate, DeVito shares a delightful story about the days on “Taxi,” when his character Louie was trying to date his now-real life wife Rhea Pearlman’s character Zena. His character was supposed to say “holy crap” and that was not OK with the censors.

“It’s a different time,” says DeVito. “The standards and practices wouldn’t let us say ‘holy crap.’ We had to fight to say ‘holy’ and ‘crap’ in the same sentence.”

DeVito also tells us about the latest “It’s Always Sunny” episode, in which his character Frank gets a visit from his brother Gino.

“I see my brother for the first time in many, many years. We had a very sordid past,” says DeVito. “This is a show that does flashbacks and you get a little bit more insight into what Frank went through as a young man.”

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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