When Allison Closs couldn’t find a date for her prom, she decided to do what any modern woman would do – buy a cardboard cutout of Danny DeVito.
The 17-year-old had considered looking into other cardboard celebrity dates, such as Bill Nye the Science Guy, but they were all too expensive. She was pleasantly surprised, however, when she found that there was a plethora of DeVito cutouts on Amazon for under $100.
When the day of the dance arrived, Allison dressed her date in a tie and dress jacket. Then, to ensure that he could properly escort her across the dance floor, she duct taped the cutout to a little scooter, which she pulled along beside her using a leash.
Allison wasn’t the only one who enjoyed the celebrity appearance, either – according to the Carlisle, Pennsylvania teen, DeVito’s cutout was the hit of the party.
“Making things work with a human date can be so exhausting,” she jokingly told The New York Post. “Danny’s not like that. He just goes with the flow . . . We never argue, never fight. Plus, he treats me the way a woman should be treated.”
But Allison’s date night doesn’t just end there – as news outlets shared her amusing prom photos on social media, they eventually reached the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the hit television show on which DeVito stars.
Rob McElhenney, who is DeVito’s comedic co-star, then posted a photo of Allison’s 72-year-old date with a cardboard cutout of herself standing on the set of the show: Paddy’s Pub.
In the Instagram caption, McElhenney wrote: “Hey Allison – I heard you took cardboard Danny to Prom. What a coincidence. He took cardboard Allison to Paddy’s…”
As an inspiring filmmaker, Allison says she was flabbergasted by the gesture.
“It feels so incredible to be acknowledged by these big name Hollywood actors. I feel more honored and lucky now than ever,” wrote Allison. “I am extremely flattered and can’t thank the cast of ‘Always Sunny’ enough!”
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