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Series 11, Episode 12 - Danny DeVito, Charlotte Church, Rhod Gilbert, Fun.

Danny DeVito talks about his West End debut and sharing a flat with Michael Douglas; Charlotte Church talks about ranting at the Leveson enquiry and being snubbed by Britney; while Rhod Gilbert talks about tattoos. The band 'Fun.' perform too.

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Danny DeVito, talking about his West End debut in Sunshine Boys, says, "I am having a great time and savouring every minute. The last time I was on stage was in 1972 Off-Broadway doing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, so I came into this with no expectations and it's a blast, the audiences have been spectacular and it's been wonderful and I don't want it to be over."

Confirming the sequel to Twins, Danny says "We are going to call it Triplets. Arnold (Schwarzenegger) and I got together and talked about it and wanted to bring something new to the table so we decided to go to Eddie Murphy and see if he would be our brother, so we'll see how it will work out."

Asked why a sequel to the 1988 hit movie has taken so long, Danny says "He (Arnold) became governor of the state of California. I pitched the idea of Twins 2 to him way back then but he told me he was running for the candidacy and I thought that was the stupidest thing in the world. I was depressed, not because I thought it was ridiculous and how could this guy run the state, but because I was thinking how much money is this going to cost me if he didn't do the movie. Turns out I was right (about the governorship), it was a disaster!"

Talking about his early days in Hollywood and sharing a flat with Michael Douglas in the 60s, Danny says, "I was the babe magnet and he did the laundry. It was a good, symbiotic relationship with a tie on the door. We had a small apartment and if one of us was in there with a girl you put the tie on the door, and if you saw the tie you went for a walk, you don't want to walk in on that!"

Charlotte Church tells her own story about Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, "I met both of them at a celebrity golf tournament and me and Catherine started drinking and got reasonably merry and she was awesome. We were singing and having a great time and Michael was really pissed off because he took his golf really seriously and the American team lost. He was fuming and went to bed early and he wasn't having any of it," adding, "He may have been a little bit angry at me I might imagine."

Talking about a trip to LA as a 15 year-old, she reveals Britney Spears once snubbed her, "I was at a party and Britney was there. Her PA came up to me and said, 'Britney is a massive fan and would really like to meet you,' and I was, 'okay, not a problem,' and I went over and Britney just kind of turned and said, 'hi' then turned away and carried on. The woman ushered me away and said, 'That was so amazing for Britney, she just loved you.'"

On her tour and new material, which she describes as "exciting," she says, "It's pretty different again but I don't want to put it in a genre, I don't like genres because it really restricts you. And the reason I keep going out of the limelight is not only because I've got two babies, it's because I keep getting disillusioned with the music industry, I've been doing it for donkey's years and I think 'crikey, I can't do this any more,' but then I get the bug again and I want to create and I miss it and I love singing. Singing is in my blood it's what I have always done."

Talking about giving a statement to the Leveson enquiry, Charlotte says, "I had a good rant, it was a weird time but I was really glad I was part of it because it was important for this nation." And on fame, says, "Being a bit of a conspiracy theorist, a bit of me thinks celebrity is totally about distraction. A lot of the general public are getting obsessed with celebrity culture and people are not concentrating on what is going to affect their lives."

On whether she would let her children go on the stage as youngsters, she says, "They have lovely little voices but it's difficult, I am reticent, really worried.' Pushed on the subject, she says, "There is no way, there is not a cat in hell's chance."

Revealing her desire to have a tattoo, she says, "I really want to get one, I've wanted one forever. I'm really obsessed with ancient Egypt so wanted a Ankh symbol, but it's really popular and a lot of people have it so perhaps it will be something else."

Rhod Gilbert, who reluctantly got a tattoo when working on his series Work Experience, says, "I was asked by the producers to have a tattoo done, which I really didn't want to do, so I thought I would get the most pointless one I could think of so I got a Battenburg cake on a cushion with flames coming off it. My girlfriend hit the roof. She wasn't annoyed that I had the tattoo and looked an idiot. No, she was annoyed because a) she hates marzipan, and b) asked why didn't I get one to remind me of her!"

The band 'Fun.' perform We are Young live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat.

Broadcast details

Friday 29th June 2012
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Rhod Gilbert Guest
Charlotte Church Guest
Danny DeVito Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Jez Stevenson Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Mike Altman Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Alan Thorpe Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer


Rhod Gilbert chats about his pointless tattoo

Rhod Gilbert chats about having a pointless tattoo and his girlfriend hitting the roof.

Featuring: Graham Norton, Rhod Gilbert, Charlotte Church, Danny DeVito.


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