‘Detective Pikachu’ Crew Tested Danny DeVito’s Voice to Play the Pokémon Investigator

/Film | 3/18/2019 | Ethan Anderton
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When it was announced that the first live-action Pokémon movie coming from Hollywood would be Detective Pikachu, fans were perplexed. They were even more surprised when they learned that Ryan Reynolds would be voicing the titular electrified pocket monster turned world class detective. That might be because many fans felt like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Danny DeVito would have been the perfect choice to take the role instead.

Funnily enough, the Batman Returns villain was considered for the role, and somewhere there’s footage of Danny DeVito’s voice coming out of Detective Pikachu’s mouth. Below, find out about the time when Danny DeVito voicing Detective Pikachu was almost a reality.

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You may not have heard about this back in 2016 after the movie was first announced, but there were plenty of tweets and even a Change.org petition that was over 51,000 signatures strong that pushed forth the idea of Danny DeVito voicing Detective Pikachu. Even though Ryan Reynolds ended up winning the role, Danny DeVito was actually one of many voices that were considered for the part.

While visiting the set of Detective Pikachu, Nerdist spoke with visual effects producer Greg Baxter, and he provided some insight into how they determined who would be the best voice for the little guy:

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“We knew what the character was gonna be—you know, what it looked like, the size, the shape, even some of the basic movements. But then as we were looking at different actors, we would put voice from what that actor had done in the past through Pikachu just to see how that was gonna play. And something really magical happened when we put Ryan Reynolds’ voice into Pikachu.”

This a common practice with animated movies when they’re figuring out who to cast as the various characters in the film. But since Detective Pikachu...
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