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Jim Carrey Backs Out of Farrelly Brothers' 'Dumb & Dumber' Sequel

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June 20, 2012
Source: ET

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Last fall, Bobby and Peter Farrelly seemed pretty confident that their sequel to Dumb & Dumber would finally be getting off the ground about 18 years after the original comedy starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Even better, the leading duo was being lined up to return for the sequel, and this year there were rumblings that the film would go in front of cameras this fall with a script from Sex Drive writers Sean Anders and John Morris. However, ET has learned that the project has hit a snag as Jim Carrey has actually backed out of the project, apparently because New Line and Warner Bros. aren't very enthusiastic about it.

Well, they at least weren't as excited as Carrey was to get it made. The actor's publicist confirms the story and Carrey himself reached out to say, "I would have thought Dumb & Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it's implied in the title." And no, that's not a typo. It's a joke. Get it? Honestly, I can't say I'm surprised the studio wasn't as excited, maybe even a bit apprehensive, to return to Dumb & Dumber. Carrey hasn't exactly delivered the best comedy lately, and while it would have been exciting to see him go back to his glory days as Lloyd Christmas, there's a lot of risk riding on this one.

However, with Anchorman: The Legend Continues getting a greenlight, I wouldn't deem the possibility of seeing Dumb & Dumber To to be out of reach. After all, if New Line and Warner Bros. see that The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Carrey and Steve Carell lands with a splash, I'm betting they'll be a little more enthusiastic. So bad news for fans of the old Jim Carrey, good news for those who don't care about the Farrelly Brothers anymore. At least Carrey still has that Bruce Almighty sequel in the works that could turn out all right. Anyone disappointed?

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  • Guy who comments on things
    As much as this dissapoints me, it's probably a wise decision.
  • SuicidalOptimist
    And this is how the cookie crumbles.
    • Chris Amaya
      *That's the way. Fixed :)
      • SuicidalOptimist
        Shhh! Nobody would have noticed. Or cared. Damn youuuu! *shakes fist* =P
        • LosZombies
          I noticed..and cared... :l
          • SuicidalOptimist
            I'm not sure how to live with this shame now. ... Goodbye, cruel world!
          • LosZombies
            Less suicide! More optimism! :O
  • Ehsan Davodi
    I'm not fan of dumb & dumber and disaster second one, but I think I love Jim Carey in Trueman Show,Man on the Moon,Eternal Sunshine,Mask,Bruce Almighty,Yes Man. I'm not fan of exaggeration comedies. Jim Carey is Brilliant Actor but really hate some of his works such as cable guy too but I hope this hit.
  • grimjob
    Man, nothing good for the Farrelly Bros lately. I would've liked to see this get made. It'd be fun to get back in the lives of Harry and Lloyd, but I doubt it could have recaptured what made the first one so great. Disappointed, but not surprised.
  • Voice of Reason
    "there's a lot of risk riding on this one." Yeah, like the last nail riding into the Farrelly Brothers coffin.
  • DoomCanoe
    he stuck around for the Pinguine movie but bailed on this?
  • LosZombies
    You know Im not surprised at all... Its not like he's been on a hot streak anyway. -_-
  • Goat
    Aww crap.
  • Aero27
    I am a bit surprised. Both Carrey and the Farrely's need the popularity boost. I honestly don't think this movie is a huge gamble if you consider how huge reboots have been lately. It would make money regardless. I think the Farrelly's are a bigger risk than Carrey. He's not at this peak anymore, but he hasn't had the speedy whistling wiley coyote-esque plummet that the Farrely's have endured. It's not so much that Carrey isn't funny anymore...it's that humor has changed, but it only takes one decent slapstick style film to bring it back into the forefront of cinema humor. I don't think audiences have tired yet of the random humor style typical of Will Ferrell/Zach Galifinakis/Steve Carrell quite yet....but it's possible it's on its last leg. Perhaps this is just a bulk on Carrey's part to get the ball rolling on the film. I don't see a movie starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell being a bust so he's going to be in the spotlight again soon. And perhaps combining Carrey's slapstick style with Carrel's random expressive style will be the film that moves the comedy needle of our culture towards a new half breed of random smart physical slapstick humor.
  • rennmaxbeta
    This news is worse than the most annoying sound in the world.
    • David Banner
      Hard to believe it's been 18 years since I heard that sound.

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