- John Rhys-Davies, Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1980.
- Jason Alexander, Seinfeld, TV, 1989-1998.
- Robert Costanzo, Hercules, TV, 1998-1999. Except for DeVito (as Philoctetes), all the star voices from the 1996 movie kept faith with the series:Tate Donovan, French Stewart, James Woods, Sandra Bernard, etc.
- Steve Martin, My Blue Heaven, 1990. Martin was set as the FBI man rehabilitating a gangster on a witness protection programme, until De Vito fled. Then, Martin became the mobster, tended by Rick Moranis.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kindergarten Cop, 1990. Well, it had to happen sometime, Danny was... too small! He passed it to his 1988 twin.
- Sylvester Stallone, Oscar, 1991. Veteran UK comedy director Charles Chrichton had scripted a standard Hollywood re-make of one of Louis De Funes' French farces. Totally spoiled when Sylvester Stallone wanted to do anything Schwarzengger could do. Comedy. And Sly could not.
- Christopher Lloyd, Suburban Commando, 1991. The deal was simple. Danny and Schwarzenegger had a choice: Twins or Commando. They twinned. Hogan and Christopher Llloyd commandoed. Who do you remember?!
- John Candy, JFK, 1991.
- Dave Thomas, Boris and Natasha,1991. De Vito and Angelica Huston were originally cast as the classic cartoon spies Boris Badunov and Natasha Fatale. They became Dave Thomas and Kellerman in what, alas, proved Tony Newley’s final film.
- Gilbert Gottfried, Aladdin, 1991. Joe Pesci was also on the Disney drawing-board for Iago - finally voiced by the Brooklyn actor with 140-plus screen roles during 1980-2016. Despite having scenes together, Gottfried and Robin Williams, veterans of the stand-up circuit, were recorded separetely. Five years later, DeVito joined the Disney Voice Brigade as Phil in Hercules, 1997.
- Joe Pesci, My Cousin Vinny, 1992. No thanks, but ya know who ya should get...
- Bob Hoskins, Super Mario Brothers, 1992. Director Penny Marshall's lofty plan of Dustin Hoffman-De Vito was scaled way down to John Leguizamo-Hoskins.
- Christopher Walken, Pulp Fiction, 1993.
- Rick Moranis, The Flintstones, 1994. Yabba-dabba-don’t! Producer Steven Spielbergs wanted Phil Collins as Fred Flintstone’s buddy Barney Rubble. Then he voted De Vito. “No” said Danny “I’m too gruff to be the gentle Barney - send for Moranis!” (Alleged, his agent insisted on $15m and 15%). Moranis interfaced splendidly with John Goodman as the Stone Age hero. And it had to be John beacuse, according to co-creator Joseph Barbera: “When John Goodman was born, he was stamped Fred Flintstone right there on his bottom.”
- John Travolta, Get Shorty, 1995. Director Barry Sonenfeld called all the usual mobsters (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Bruce Willis), yet Danny was always his main target for Chilli Palmer. Sadly, he only had time for a cameo of the actor Martin Weir: novelist Elmore Leonard's take on his dealings with Dustin Hoffman.
- Willem Dafoe, The English Patient, 1996. When Fox was interested in Anthony Minghella’s movie, less so on Dafoe - suggesting DeVito, John Goodman or Richard Dreyfuss as David Caravaggio. Minghella refused. Fox quit.Miramax took over - and scored nine Oscars, including Best Film and Best Director.
- William H Macy, Mystery Men, 1999. Dannywas set to direct these far-from-superheroes and play, The Shoveler. We all love De Vito but hey, Macey is king!
- Jason Alexander, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, 2000. One of the least required films in the history of the universe. About six years earlier, copyright hassles alone saved us fromDe Vito and Meryl Streep as Boris and Natasha!!!
- Frances de la Tour, Into The Woods, 2013.
- Bradley Cooper, Guardians of the Galaxy, 2013. The most Lucasian of the Marvel films… Jim Carrey, Sharlto Copley, Michael Rooker, Adam Sandler and David Tennant were also short-listed to voice the “gnarled, miserable, angry” Rocket Raccoon. (Well, he is half-machine/half-raccoon