Fans of Dumb and Dumber, it’s been 20 years since the original came out, but now it’s official: Dumb and Dumber To has started filming, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back as Lloyd and Harry Dunn. Will it strike comedy gold, like Dumb and Dumber?
Jeff Daniels, who is 58, broke the news to the press backstage after he won an Emmy last Sunday night. He told the media that he was:
gonna party ’til dawn and then I’m gonna get on a plane and go to Atlanta and start shooting ‘Dumb and Dumber 2.'”
Jeff Daniels added that the “toilet scene” in the original movie will be surpassed in the sequel, and that some of the scene in the new movie will make the “toilet scene,” as Daniels pt it, “look lame.”
Not much more than a day after Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Will McAvoy in The Newsroom, where he plays an intellectual Republican newscaster, he’s started filming a movie in which he plays a character that’s almost a polar opposite — Harry Dunn.
And, check it out — they look as, well, dumb as ever.
In the still below from the movie, the two are checking out a children’s book that Jim Carrey actually wrote: How Roland Rolls, which is out in stores today. Of course, in the photo, they are holding the book upside down.
Besides Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, other actors who will be in the movie include Kethleen Turner, “Walking Dead’s” Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, and Cam Neely (Sea Bass), the famous hocky player, will return.
The Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter, who co-wrote Dumb and Dumber, and other movies like White Chicks and the Scary Movie franchise, also co-wrote Dumb and Dumber To.
Jeff Daniels has been very busy lately, what with wrapping up the past season of The Newsroom (HBO), and attending the Emmys. Now, he’s capping that off with what I’m sure will make his Emmy Award-winning acting job in The Newsroom pale in comparison, with his reprisal as Harry Dunn.
Will the sequel top the original?
I predict that the sequel will top the original, at least at the box office, and in gross gags, like the “toilet scene” I already mentioned.
Daniels made note of this when he mentioned the “intellectual freefall,” that he will experience, transitioning from the character of Will McAvoy to Harry Dunn.
I like the fact that Jeff Daniels isn’t too full of himself to think he’s gotten beyond playing a character that’s as idiotic, but LOL funny, as Harry Dunn. He’s likely being paid a fortune to reprise his role, which, I’m sure, also influenced his decision.
I, for one, can hardly wait to see the pairing of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the sequel. Will they once again strike comedy gold? What do you think? Please leave your opinions in the Comments area below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb