Jim Carrey Drops Out of Dumb and Dumber Sequel
Posted 06.21.12 by Ryan
In April, it looked like a sequel to 1994's Dumb and Dumber was finally going to become a reality after co-writer and director Peter Farrelly said shooting would start this September with both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels returning to their respective roles as dim-witted best friends Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. Unfortunately for those anxiously awaiting the sequel, Carrey has dropped out.
While everyone was passionate about returning for the sequel, Carrey told ETOnline that he had grown "increasingly frustrated" in the commitment from New Line and Warner Brothers, the studios that are also ironically behind his upcoming movie Burt Wonderstone. "I would have thought Dumb and Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it's implied in the title," Carrey explained, revealing the sequel's proposed title.
Without Carrey on board, it doesn't look like Daniels will continue without him. In fact, Daniels has essentially confirmed that the sequel is dead, telling Access Hollywood that he is "disappointed" about the situation, but not as much as Carrey.
I don't think there's a Dumb and Dumber To if Jim Carrey doesn't do it and, right now, Jim doesn't want to do it so it doesn't look like it's happening. I'll tell you this, I’m disappointed we’re not doing it, but I think the guy who’s really the most disappointed is Jim. Because he really wanted to do it, and, as we stand here today, it's not happening.
Carrey isn't the only one disappointed. Dumb and Dumber's many fans are saddened there won't be another installment, especially one that has been discussed as a possibility for so long and was inches away from becoming a reality. What happens next seems to be in the hands of Warner Brothers and New Line, which have a script from That's My Boy director Sean Anders and screenwriting partner John Morris (Mr. Popper's Penguins, Hot Tub Time Machine) and Peter and Bobby Farrely ready to direct. It's possible the studios became disenchanted after the Farrellys' The Three Stooges was released in April to middling success, though should Burt Wonderstone become a success next year, that could generate some enthusiasm about Dumb and Dumber To and bring Carrey back on board.