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Danny DeVito lauds Jeremy Corbyn but knows nothing about Theresa May

Published 12/11/2016

Danny DeVito and Lucy DeVito attend the premier of The Comedian in Los Angeles (AP)
Danny DeVito and Lucy DeVito attend the premier of The Comedian in Los Angeles (AP)

Hollywood star Danny DeVito said America was "skunked" by Bernie Sanders' failed presidential bid as he heaped praised on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party.

The 71-year-old actor said he remained a "big fan" of Mr Corbyn after publicly endorsing the Labour leader earlier this year, but admitted he did not know anything about Prime Minister Theresa May.

At the Los Angeles premiere of his new film, The Comedian, on Friday, DeVito told the Press Association: "You guys got Jeremy. I'm a big fan of Jeremy, well because the Labour Party is an important thing. It's very good.

"We got skunked over here that Bernie didn't get in but we'll keep working on it and try and get up to you guys."

Asked whether he liked Mrs May, DeVito replied: "I don't know anything about her."

In an interview with the Press Association in April, DeVito said he believed Mr Corbyn would make a "great PM" compared to then-prime minister David Cameron.

He said: "I like the idea of people telling the truth. I like them to get to the bottom of things. In our government we have a lot of subterfuge.

"I think he (Mr Corbyn) would make a great PM. Way better than Cameron."

DeVito, whose acting career has included starring roles in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Twins, LA Confidential and the classic TV series Taxi, also criticised former prime minister Tony Blair.

"Look at your history, for crying out loud," he said at the time.

"A little sketchy guy hanging out with George Bush. What was his name? Blair."

Following DeVito's comments in April, Mr Corbyn wrote on Twitter: "Really pleased to get an endorsement from @DannyDeVito. I feel a Twins sequel coming on."

The Comedian, which had its premiere at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre as part of AFI Fest, is released in US cinemas on January 13. A UK release date has not been confirmed.

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