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"Peter Farrelly’s buddy comedy “Dumb and Dumber” will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in December, and star Jeff Daniels recently looked back on how his agents were quite apprehensive about him taking on the role of Harry Dunne opposite Jim Carrey as Lloyd. While the movie would go on to become a comedy classic and earn $247 million worldwide, Daniels told USA Today that the script was not in line with the “serious actor” his agents wanted him to be at the time.

“I had agents, who weren’t wrong, telling me, ‘You’re a serious actor. This is not the direction you need to be going. We’re going to stop this and get you off this movie,'” Daniels said. “But I wanted to shake it up with a comedy. And I wanted to work with Jim Carrey.”

Daniels admitted that he feared his agents might’ve been right when it came time to film one of the film’s most disgusting and memorable set pieces in which Harry unknowingly drinks a laxative-spiked tea and ends up having a blowout on the toilet. The actor knew such a scene would be a make or break it moment for his career.

“It’s one thing to read the toilet scene, but then the day comes, and we’re actually going to do the toilet scene,” Daniels said. “I told Jim [Carrey], ‘This is either the beginning of my career or the end of it.’ Jim, who is fearless, told me, ‘It’s going to be great. You’ve just got to go all the way with it.'”

“That was a couple hours of porcelain gymnastics,” Daniels added about filming the toilet scene. “And that close-up when they pop in tight on my red face. I had been doing it so long, I had almost passed out.”

Daniels said he later heard praise for the scene from none other than Clint Eastwood. The two were golfing together at a celebrity tournament when Eastwood pulled Daniels aside.

“Clint says to me, ‘I just saw Dumb and Dumber and you know, the toilet scene? That happened to me,'” Daniels said. “And then he tells a story about dating this woman that he really wanted to impress, but the shellfish hit him the wrong way from lunch.”

“I did my job, beyond my job,” Daniels concluded. “In terms of comedic scenes, that toilet scene will probably outlive us. It will be funny 40 years from now.”

Head over to USA Today’s website to read Daniels’ interview in its entirety.
 https://www.usatoday.com/ .. e/73593855007/

 https://variety.com/2024/ .. er-1236010649/
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 1 month ago '04        #2
eazyvaboy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x14
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He didn't have any problems bouncing back because he was great in The Martian and Newsroom.
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 1 month ago '17        #3
lucifershammer  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Did they say the same thing about the sequel?

 1 month ago '04        #4
xbossxplayax 
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Wouldnt it have been more about going toe to toe next to jim carey but they didnt have the guts to tell him straight up
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 1 month ago '17        #5
WHATEVERMAN 
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Still my favorite comedy of all time by a good stretch. It's been a while since I've seen it, but it's not possible for me to watch the whole way through without laughing. Favorite part is still probably Jim's ridiculous dream sequence.
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 1 month ago '07        #6
killahkazi 
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 1 month ago '22        #7
Htown Reefa 
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 1 month ago '22        #8
MONEY WORLD 
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Absolute classic.

The sequel was some trash that should have never happened tho.
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 1 month ago '05        #9
rashcobar 
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He was surprisingly funny in that flick. When I first watched it I was only interested in JC's performance. On re-watches I grew to appreciate JD on a different level.
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 1 month ago '05        #10
rashcobar 
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Lloyd! Lloyd!
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 1 month ago '11        #11
Slingy 
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I love this movie because I had seen it so many times when I was younger and thought it was funny. I’ve re-watched it now that I’m older and caught so many jokes I didn’t recognize back then.

These 2 specifically

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 1 month ago '11        #12
SteffDub 
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 WHATEVERMAN said 🔗
Still my favorite comedy of all time by a good stretch. It's been a while since I've seen it, but it's not possible for me to watch the whole way through without laughing. Favorite part is still probably Jim's ridiculous dream sequence.
I love when he spazzed on shorty at the gas station lol “Just give me the got damn number” !!
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 1 month ago '06        #13
realgunta  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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classic flick
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 1 month ago '15        #14
CALL AGAIN 
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I always remind people too give Dumb and Dumberer a shot! I think it was judged to harshly but the casting was great and it was a pretty funny stupid movie nothing in comparison to the original ofc but kind of a nice homage to it the two main actors nail being young Harry and Lloyd.

It's definitely one of the best cash grab sequels with almost nothing to do with the original cast or creators production wise.
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 1 month ago '17        #15
WHATEVERMAN 
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 SteffDub said 🔗
I love when he spazzed on shorty at the gas station lol “Just give me the got damn number” !!
Yeah, that's a good one. The end was pretty funny too with the bikini tour bus LOL.
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 1 month ago '05        #16
Tha Boss  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x23
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Jim ad libbed


WE LANDED ON THE MOON


Wonder what else was ad libbed

 1 month ago '17        #17
becoolhomie2  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x24
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Hasn’t been seen since

 1 month ago '12        #18
NYCBravado 
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It’s called having range.

 1 month ago '17        #19
Berr 
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Kick his a$s c-bass

 1 month ago '06        #20
Panasonic  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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He’s been making music now lol

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Side note Jackie Chan got many albums
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 1 month ago '18        #21
Dehone 
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Dumb and Dumber is my GOAT movie since I was in high school. That movie is comedy perfection.

Jim Carey with his improv

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When I was stationed in Hawaii, my homie and I would always say “big gulps huh?” At random

Jeff Daniels made the perfect duo with Jim
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“I’m gonna kill you”



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 1 month ago '18        #22
Dehone 
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 Tha Boss said 🔗
Jim ad libbed


WE LANDED ON THE MOON


Wonder what else was ad libbed
The Big Gulps scene

The most annoying sound in the world. The dude they picked up was legit pissed.

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 1 month ago '07        #23
killahkazi 
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