Jim Carrey back for 'Dumb & Dumber' sequel, report says
Jim Carrey is reportedly back in for the "Dumb & Dumber" sequel and explained in a recent interview why the film has not started production.
It was reported in June that Carrey had exited the plans for the sequel and Entertainment Tonight said the actor was frustrated with New Line and Warner Brothers who "showed a lack of enthusiasm regarding the project."
However, Carrey spoke to E! News about the project recently and confirmed his participation in the film.
"I'm ready," Carrey told the website about the sequel. "There is a script. It's fun. Jeff [Daniels] and I are raring to go."
The original film was released in 1994 and showed Lloyd (Carrey) and best friend Harry (Daniels) going off on a cross-country adventure to deliver a suitcase and win the heart of Mary Swanson (played by Carrey's ex-wife Lauren Holly). The two grown men lacked any form of common sense and get mixed up in a kidnapping plot.
When asked why the film has not moved forward into production even though the script is ready, Carrey said, "It's administrative."
"The green light committees have to have their way," he added.
Peter Farrelly, who wrote and directed the original film with his brother Bobby Farrelly, announced the sequel during a junket for their recent film "The Three Stooges."
The film franchise had a prequel called "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" starring Derek Richardson and Eric Christian Olsen as Harry (Daniels' role) and Lloyd (Carrey's role) released in 2003. However, although Peter and Bobby Farrelly wrote and directed the original, the two had no involvement in the prequel.
"That was a studio thing," Peter Farrelly told reporters of the prequel. "So we've always wanted to do a sequel and finally Jim called up. Jeff always wanted to do it. We always wanted to do it."
In 1995, there was a Saturday morning cartoon based on the film also called "Dumber and Dumber," but neither film actor provided the voice for their animated character.
Carrey spoke to E! News while promoting his upcoming film "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." The film also stars Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde and hits theaters on March 15.
Daniels currently stars in the HBO series "The Newsroom." The show is shooting its second season, which will debut in the summer.