Game Informer has revealed some details from a talk they had with the filmmakers of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu last year, and it turns out the film crew was well aware of internet fan demand for Danny DeVito to voice the titular character.
Producer Cale Boyter confirms they considered the possibility. More than that, VFX producer Greg Baxter actually took sample dialogue from various actors from their past movies and placed the words into the mouth of an early animated mock-up of Pikachu — including lines from DeVito. The goal was to see how different voices felt coming out of Pikachu’s mouth, and Baxter said, “It was really very funny, so I couldn’t speak to all the reasons why it wasn’t Danny DeVito cast. I love Danny and some point maybe after the movie comes about, we can share those early tests. It’s absolutely hilarious.”
Essentially, the only explanation offered for why DeVito wasn’t chosen was that the filmmakers had to consider Pikachu’s entire story arc and which voice would fit every aspect of that arc. Apparently, the smooth voice of Ryan Reynolds fit the bill for it better.
What about you? Are you satisfied with the casting of Reynolds? Would you have preferred Danny DeVito, or maybe somebody else entirely? If you have opinions, hit us with ’em!
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