Girl takes cardboard cutout of Danny DeVito to prom, Danny DeVito takes cardboard cut out of girl to Paddy's Pub

Girl takes cardboard cutout of Danny DeVito to prom, Danny DeVito takes cardboard cut out of girl to Paddy's Pub

These days, because of how much influence celebrities seem to have on our lives, it's not unusual to have someone in the public eye that you consider to be an idol of sorts. This might be someone whom you consider to be especially talented or brave or entertaining, or - let's be real here - someone you just really have the hots for.

What's more, if you're a 17-year-old girl, it wouldn't be that weird to maybe have a few posters of that person in your bedroom, or perhaps a secret notebook with their name and yours written over and over again in little cartoon hearts.

However, it might be seen as just a bit too much to have a lifesize cardboard cut out of that person...

Especially if it's Danny DeVito.

Far from being your typical teen heartthrob, DeVito is better known for being a slightly scruffy, 4 foot 8 actor in his seventies. He made a name for himself in films such as Batman Returns, Twins, and Matilda, but now he's probably best recognised for his role as Frank in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

And it's most likely this TV show that inspired Allison Closs, a 17-year-old Pennsylvania high school student, to bring a cardboard cut-out of the pint-sized star to prom last month.

No, seriously.

Rather than bring a real-life partner along to her big day, Closs opted for a 2D cut-out of DeVito, complete with his own wheely trolly. In order to smarten him up a bit, she threw on a tie and buttonhole flower to match her outfit - and the pair made for a sort of adorable (if not super mismatched) couple.

Speaking to the New York Post, Closs said, "I considered other celebrities, like Bill Nye the Science Guy, but many of them would [have required] ordering a custom-made cutout, and I’m not about that money life, if you know what I’m saying."

Instead, then, she coughed up $100 for the Devito cut-out, and that was that.

But this is not where the story ends.

Rob McElhenney, who plays the incredibly-dumb-but-sometimes-sweet Mac on Always Sunny, posted two pictures to Instagram yesterday. The first was of Allison standing proudly with her Danny Di-date-o (yes, it's terrible, I know), and the second was of DeVito standing in the famous Paddy's Pub... alongside a cardboard Allison!

"Hey Allison- I heard you took cardboard Danny to Prom," McElhenney wrote. "What a coincidence. He took cardboard Allison to Paddy’s..."

It's not clear yet whether Closs knows there's a cardboard version of her chilling in Philly, but, judging by her sense of humour, she's certain to love it.

"Making things work with a human date can be so exhausting," said Closs in a tongue-in-cheek way. "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."

What's more, when she was originally interviewed by the NY Post last month, she said, "As an aspiring filmmaker, it would be huge to be acknowledged by a legend like him."

Well, it looks like she got her wish - and a healthy dose of internet fame to go with it.