Did you spot Miss Honey in Bridget Jone’s?
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Check the date. Confirm your birthdate. Consider yourself to have reached the age of “today years” when you discovered Miss Honey from Matilda also appeared in Bridget Jones’s Diary.
You’re probably saying, “But I’ve seen both of those films SO MANY TIMES! I can’t believe I overlooked the connection for this long.
Either that or: “Yeah, obviously, didn’t everyone know that?”
No, not everyone knew that, as evidenced by the simple presence of the aforementioned group of individuals, and some people are still learning about it now, 26 years after the release of Matilda and 21 years after the release of Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Since Matilda is a more family-friendly and older than Bridget Jones’s Diary, most people would have first encountered actor Embeth Davidtz in her role as the loving teacher who adopted Matilda. She went so far as to adopt Matilda as her own kid, providing the magical youngster with the escape from her cruel headteacher and inattentive family that they desperately needed. Not to give anything away, but it’s 26 years old.
It’s simple to understand why she faded into obscurity as we all got a little older and saw her again in Bridget Jones’s Diary with darker hair and a less endearing character.
In the movie, Davidtz played Natasha, Mark Darcy’s colleague who finishes up getting engaged to him, much to Bridget’s dismay.
One moviegoer who heard of the recognisable cast member a few weeks ago tweeted their surprise at the realisation, which has stunned many fans of the movies.
“How the f*ck have I only just clocked that Miss Honey from Matilda and Mark Darcy’s horrible snobby fiancée in Bridget Jones are the same person,” they wrote.
Sharing the surprise, another Twitter user commented: “Can’t believeeeeee Miss Honey is the snotty babe from Bridget Jones.”
She really had us all fooled with her ability to transform from a sweet schoolteacher to the woman who stole Bridget’s man; I think the fact that so many people went years without making the connection between Davidtz in the role of Miss Honey and Davidtz in the role of Natasha goes a long way to proving what a good actor she was.
Given that the revelation is still occurring more than 20 years later, I anticipate that many others will continue to draw the connection in the years to come. I’ll just quickly add that Davidtz’s acting resume also includes roles in such films and television shows as Schindler’s List, Thir13en Ghosts, Scrubs, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mad Men, The Amazing Spider-Man, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Morning Show.
Danny DeVito Reportedly Returning To Reprise Role In Disney’s Live Action Hercules Remake
Could Danny DeVito be making a return?
The beloved animated film from 1997 featured the voice of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor Philoctetes, a sarcastic satyr who takes the title character’s super-strong demigod under his wing and helps him learn to handle his strength.
Robert Costanzo provided the voice of Phil in the 1998 animated series, in which DeVito did not return; however, it appears that the Matilda actor may harness his inner satyr for the live-action version.
“I am the live-action Hercules,” DeVito joked when asked if he’d return during the WIRED Autocomplete Interview last year.
“If they don’t put me in that, they don’t have a hair on their ass,” he added.
The live-action movie is in the early stages of production and will be directed by Guy Ritchie (Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes series) and produced by the Russo brothers (Avengers: Endgame, The Gray Man).
Insiders told Giant Freakin Robot that DeVito would play Phil again, although no official confirmation has been given as of yet.
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Meanwhile, it appears that the Taxi star is interested in revisiting more than just the part of Phil.
“I feel like it’s not out of the question that The Penguin will return someday, but this is all up to Tim [Burton], whether or not Tim wants to do this,” he told Forbes two years ago.
“I would say that could be in the cards because we ain’t dead yet.
“We could do a continuation of what we had in the past because that was truly a brilliant movie.
“They afforded me that opportunity and I feel very grateful and would I like to revisit it? Why not! It was a really great moment in time for me.”
And while a new Penguin movie with DeVito may not be in the works right now, Colin Farrell just played the infamous villain in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the main character.
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For a previously planned HBO Max series, Farrell will reprise the part. Cristin Milioti, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Michael Kelly will also appear.