There are lots of movies out there, but only one can say they graced this world with Jim Carrey donning an orange tux looking for a woman he drove to the airport . . . okay . . . maybe that’s a bit too specific to expect others. Nevertheless, the 1994 comedy, Dumb and Dumber, filled that void. Let’s talk about some fascinating facts about Dumb and Dumber.
7. Jim Carrey stayed in Stanley Hotel’s Room 217
Jim Carrey, who played the role of Lloyd Christmas, stayed in the infamous Room 217 at the Stanely Hotel, the alleged inspiration behind The Shining. Carrey had requested that room, knowing full-well its history, but didn’t last long. He left the room and checked out only three or so hours after checking in. He has never told anyone why or what he saw even to this day.
6. Something Wild could have inspired the dine and dash
After dining and dashing, leaving the enraged trucker, Sea Bass, with the bill, Harry Dunne, played by Jeff Daniels, asked Lloyd how he thought of that. Lloyd responded that he saw it in a movie. While he didn’t specify the film, Something Wild held a similar scene. On top of that, Daniels played in that movie too. It could be a coincidence, but it could have also been a subtle nod to the film his co-star was featured in. Though, director Peter Farrelly has denied this correlation. Speaking of Something Wild though . . .
5. How Daniels nabbed the role
Despite the rumor that Jeff Daniels’ appearance in an 80s Pepto Bismal ad was the reason behind him being offered the role, the actual reason is far more understandable. A source close to Farrelly claimed it was actually his work on Something Wild that tipped the scale in his favor. It’s not surprising and just another reason to question the previous fact.
4. Dumb and Dumber used a fake title to attract attention
The name Dumb and Dumber was, shockingly, not appealing to many studios or actors, so to mend this and to bring people on-board, the creators fabricated a more normal working title, A Power Tool is Not a Toy. This worked but only some of the people including the Farrelly brothers wanted to return to the old name.
3. Jeff Daniels was far from wanted
While searching for a cast, the studio feared Jeff Daniels couldn’t play Harry Dunne properly beside comedy legend Jim Carrey. So, they wanted to bring on Harland Williams instead. But because Daniels was interested in the role and Farrlley wanted him, the studio made attempts to dissuade Daniels by paying him a measly $50,000 for acting fees, to which he was urged not to take, but he did. That being said, they still were not pleased, but we can’t think of anyone else who could play off that role so seamlessly. Not wanting to completely cut out their previous choice, though, the studio slipped in Williams as the patrol officer who was unfortunate enough to stop Harry and Lloyd and drink some of Harry’s urine.
2. Alternate endings
There were alternate endings for the film, not just the one we all know of where Harry and Lloyd are offered jobs at the hotel. Another alternate ending that never made it to fruition was one where Harry and Lloyd actually accepted the offer to travel on the bus full of attractive women. But, because they are supposed to be idiots, the scene was scrapped.
The other ending had the hotel’s concierge offer them to stay and watch his grandson. Later, we learn his grandson was Billy in 4-C, the blind boy who was conned into buying Harry’s headless bird, Petey, by Lloyd.
1. Some of their iconic quotes were improvised
Some of the most iconic quotes from the movie were actually adlibbed by Jim Carrey. The scene where Lloyd asked if Harry wanted to hear the most annoying sound in the world was actually not in the script. Another section that was improvised was when Lloyd was in the bar and saw the Apollo 11 moon landing story on the newspaper framed on the wall. After he exited the bar, he exclaimed:
Another improvised scene included that of the two who were drinking Big Gulps outside of the gas station. Apparently, those two weren’t actually extras. But rather, customers drinking their beverages outside. Now, don’t worry, they were compensated after the scene was shot, but whether they saw the movie or not is up for debate.
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