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How Jim Carrey Decided To Make ‘Dumb & Dumber’ Sequel

Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Photo credit: Universal Pictures

We all know how Hollywood is prone to making sequels soon after the initial movie turns out to be a huge success. The sequel is usually out within 3 to 5 years after the original picture comes out, almost never reaches the success of the first one, but manages to bring some more money to the franchise’s bank account and that is just fine.

Some sequels, on the other hand, take a bit longer to see the light of day and are not just pale copies of their predecessors. “Dumb & Dumber To” will hopefully be one of those.

20 Year Mark

The movie is soon arriving in theaters, 20 long years after the first one came out back in 1994.

So, some of you might be wondering “how exactly does one decide to resuscitate a classic like this after all these years?”

Similar question was recently asked by a Dumb & Dumber fan during a Reddit AMA with directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly, and the answer turned out to quite interesting.

Flipping The Channels

The spark was apparently lit about 5 years ago when the star of this comedy classic, Jim Carrey, found himself in front of a television set in some hotel room and while he was flipping the channels the actor came across his own movie, watched it yet again and realized that “Dumb & Dumber” definitely needs a sequel.

“Jim Carrey was in a hotel room about 5 years ago, and he watched Dumb & Dumber on television,” says Peter Farrelly, “and he immediately realized he wanted to do another one. When it ended, he called me, and we immediately dove into it.”

And they say watching television isn’t good for you.

What Are Harry & Lloyd Up To Now?

The sequel is set 20 years after the original, and the story again finds Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) on a cross-country adventure, however, this time their lives are at stake.

Harry is in a desperate need of a kidney transplant, and the only person who can donate him one is the daughter he never knew he had with Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner). Their journey, of course, takes the wrong turn when they cross paths with his daughter’s adopted mother (Laurie Holden) and her lover (Rob Riggle).

“Dumb And Dumber To” is out this weekend. Don’t miss it.