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THE MOVIE:
Death to Smoochy

THE STARS:
Robin WilliamsEdward Norton
Catherine KeenerDanny DeVito
DIRECTOR: Danny DeVito

Death to Smoochy: Robin Williams and Ed Norton

THE CONCEPT:
Randolph Smiley (Robin Williams) has the highest rated kids' show on TV - Rainbow Randolph. Unfortunately, he also has a drinking problem and a fondness for taking bribes from parents who want their children on his show. When he's busted by the Feds, and his show is taken off the air, he is replaced by Sheldon Mopes (Edward Norton) whose alter ego 'Smoochy,' a fuchsia rhinoceros, is the epitome of innocence and unrelenting ethics. Broke and homeless, Randolph begins to scheme how to assassinate the righteous rhino.

U.S. RELEASE: March 29 • Rated: R

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THE COMMENTS:

Death to Smoochy: DeVito joins the audienceDANNY DeVITO:
"Like me and all the stuff I do, this film has got an edge to it. It's a dark comedy, black comedy, comedy that's actually about some very serious stuff - bribery, jealousy, revenge, assassination. You know, all the good things in life."
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Death to Smoochy: Robin Williams - assassin?ROBIN WILLIAMS:
"Danny has a particularly dark sense of humor. In the wrong hands this material could be dangerous. It's Tarantino meets Mr. Rogers. It's Reservoir Rhino. But Danny's not afraid of anything. It's his demonic little flair that makes this film work so beautifully. Danny's a troll without a bridge! He was a blast. I got worried that he would let me go over the edge, which he did, and he ended up using some interesting things."
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Death to Smoochy: Edward Norton - fushcia rhino?EDWARD NORTON:
"I read the script for Smoochy at two in the morning. I was lying on my back and I had these rivulets of tears running down my temples when I was done, it was such a funny script."
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CATHERINE KEENER:
"It was a real privilege to work with Robin Williams. Edward and I would just look at each other and go, 'Can you believe that we get this front row seat to this incredible mind?'"

DeVITO:
"When I was reading the script I was thinking of Edward for Smoochy, I thought his innocence and boyishness (was perfect for the role) Maybe that's because I knew him off-screen." Back to top

NORTON:
"I thought Danny wanted me to play Randolph Smiley. In fact, when I read the script I figured Adam Sandler would be Smoochy. I was thinking to myself, 'Maybe they'll let me play Rainbow Randolph, but they'll never let me play Smoochy.' Danny said, 'You've got to play Smoochy.' I was a little surprised by the fact that he was able to convince the studio to let me do that role."
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WILLIAMS:
"Death to Smoochy is a black comedy, it's a satire, it's a social commentary and it's a love story. Underneath it all, it's a peek into the darker side of show biz; in this case children's programming, where everyone has skeletons in their closets and a selling out point under the table. Except, of course, for Mr. Sheldon Mopes, who is clearly the only real man in the land of the eunuch."
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KEENER:
"I think adults will like this movie. There's room for descending opinion about it, it might be too much for people or not enough. I heard some people think that it's mean spirited, but I didn't experience it in that way."
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NORTON:
"I'm not interested in making movies for everybody. I like making movies for myself and my friends and people with my sensibility like Danny, Catherine and Robin. When you read a script like this the first thing you think is, 'I hope to God they don't back off and try to make it so that you can take your kids to it,' and I was so happy that Danny didn't. It was such a thrill to make an adult comedy."
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DeVITO:
"As Robin has said, we all want to make a film that we can take our kids to … but this is not that movie."

Text by Judy Sloane • Back to top

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