As far as modern comedies go, 1994’s Dumb And Dumber is a classic. The film teamed Jeff Daniels with then up and coming comedian Jim Carrey and, by strictly adhering to the classic tropes of slapstick comedy, created a film that remains hilarious and infinitely quotable to this day.
Unfortunately, Hollywood’s attempt at a follow up, 2003’s Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, was utterly terrible. Neither Daniels nor Carrey returned for the film, and without the duo fans dismissed the movie even before witnessing exactly how bad it was. Yes, there have been worse movies in the history of motion picture entertainment, but Dumb And Dumberer is still held up by critics and fans alike as the prime example of how not to make a sequel.
It should come as no surprise then that fans were jubilant when series creator Peter Farrelly announced that an upcoming Dumb And Dumber sequel would feature both of the original film’s stars. “We’re getting set to shoot Dumb and Dumber 2 in September,” Farrelly told ComingSoon.net in April. “It’s the first sequel we’ve ever done and we’ve got Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back.”
Sadly, those plans seem to have fallen apart. This morning it was revealed that Jim Carrey will not be in the sequel. Entertainment Tonight reports:
According to sources, Carrey grew increasingly frustrated by New Line and Warner Brothers, who he felt showed a lack of enthusiasm regarding the project.
A sentiment seemingly reinforced by a statement exclusively obtained when ETOnline reached out to the actor’s publicist for comment. In addition to confirming the story, Carrey exclusively tells ETOnline, “I would have thought Dumb and Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it’s implied in the title.”
It remains to be seen if Farrelly will continue production with Jeff Daniels in tow or if Carrey’s exit spells the end for this project. Speaking as people who had to suffer through Dumb And Dumberer, we almost hope this news does kill the film as it seems pretty evident that this series just doesn’t work without Carrey’s unique brand of rubber-faced humor. We’d rather the whole thing just die off completely than live on as a depressing shell of its former comedic glory.