A reddit thread recently discussed how, during the filming of the film Matlida, DeVito and his ex-wife Rhea Perlman would look after young actress Mara Wilson who was playing the title role. The pair would take Wilson on trips to help her cope with the death of her mother.
During a discussion on this wonderful act of kindness, a user replied with an equally moving story.
The user known only as MisterSeeDee explained how he had been severely abused as a child at boarding school, which left him with a serious depression.
He told me that he had a very similar experience when he was younger, that he had gone to a very strict Catholic boarding school. He shared some experiences with me. He understood what I was going through completely.
He told me that it would pass; that one day I would be an adult and all of these things would seem very far away. I cried, he told me everything would be alright. I talked to him the entire way up the mountain.
This conversation, he said, helped save his life, and it was only at the end of their short journey that he realised who he had been speaking to: None other than Danny Devito.
Anyway, as we got to the top of the hill, I saw the stranger’s wife come up to him and recognized her. It was the girl from Cheers (Rhea Pearlman)! And then I placed the voice – Danny Devito, who I had seen in several movies even by then, but just couldn’t identify him on the ski lift.
Everything he said was true. I went on to great things. And all of those horrors seem small in comparison even if they do trouble me sometimes.