Jim Carrey had been pretty excited about returning for a sequel to “Dumb & Dumber.”
“We’re talking about maybe returning to some old characters that everyone has been asking about,” Carrey said last summer in an interview with ComingSoon.net. “There’s ‘Bruce Almighty’ and we’re talking about maybe another ‘Dumb and Dumber.'”
Maybe it’s time to focus on “Bruce Almighty 2.” According to ETOnline.com, Carrey has dropped out of “Dumb & Dumber To” because the studios behind the film, New Line and parent company Warner Bros., have “showed a lack of enthusiasm” for the sequel.
“I would have thought ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ was a no-brainer,” Carrey said in a statement to ETOnline.com, “after all it’s implied in the title.”
Filming on “Dumb & Dumber 2” was supposed to begin this fall, with both Carrey and original star Jeff Daniels reprising their roles as Lloyd and Harry Christmas. The first film grossed almost $250 million worldwide upon its release in 1994.
Speaking with Moviefone back in April, Peter Farrelly, who co-wrote and co-directed the first film with his brother Bobby, revealed what fans could expect from the sequel.
“It picks up today,” he said. “It’s 17 or 18 years later. It’s not like a month after that happened. It’s today. And we explain what they’ve been doing all those years.”
Whether “Dumb & Dumber To” happens without Carrey is unclear, but judging from the Farrelly brothers’ past comments, don’t hold your breath. It seems that Carrey was instrumental in moving the film forward in the first place.
“We’ve always wanted to do a sequel,” Peter Farrelly told ComingSoon.net. “Jeff always wanted to do it. We always wanted to do it. Jim was busy, but he called and said, ‘We’ve got to do this thing again.’ He had just watched ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and he said, ‘This is the perfect sequel. Let’s do it.'”
If only the studio felt the same way.