Exclusive: Danny & Rhea on What Inspired 'Matilda'

Exclusive: Danny & Rhea on What Inspired 'Matilda'

It's hard to believe it's been 17 years since Matilda first stole our hearts when the movie hit the big screen and now stars Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman are reminiscing in a new Blu-ray release of the movie about what initially drew them to the project.

"Before we even started making the movie, before we even got anywhere, I would tell people it was something I wanted to do," DeVito reveals in this exclusive ETonline clip from the just-released Blu-ray, which is packed with behind-the-scenes interviews and extras.

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Matilda -- which was based on the children's book by British author Roald Dahl -- tells the story of the charming and intelligent Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), who is completely different from her low-brow, eccentric parents, played by DeVito and Perlman.

"I just thought Mrs. Wormwood was probably the one I might get cast in, if I knew the director," Perlman jokes, referring to her husband DeVito's directing duties.

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Watch the video to also hear the couple reflect on their quirky characters during a special reunion tea-party held this past summer.