Jim Carrey exits 'Dumb & Dumber' sequel
Jim Carrey has stepped down from the highly-anticipated "Dumb & Dumber" sequel.
Only three months ago, director Peter Farrelly confirmed that the film was a go, with both Carrey and Jeff Daniels set to reprise their original roles as Lloyd and Harry. According to Entertainment Tonight, the 50-year-old "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" actor has backed out.
According to the website, Carrey was frustrated with New Line and Warner Brothers who "showed a lack of enthusiasm regarding the project."
The original film was released in 1994 and displayed the cross-country adventures of two good-hearted friends who lacked any form of common sense. Harry was played by Jeff Daniels and his best friend Lloyd was played by Carrey. It has yet to be revealed whether the 2014 film will go on without the star.
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."
Peter Farrelly added, "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.'"
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.
The script for the new film was being written by Sean Anders and John Morris, who wrote "Hot Tub Time Machine" and "Mr. Popper's Penguins."
Carrey, who got his start on the 1990's comedy sketch series "In Living Color," most recently starred in the family film, "Mr. Popper's Penguins." He also appeared in a 2012 episode of "30 Rock."
Carrey is set to appear in his upcoming film "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," opposite Olivia Wilde and Steve Carrell. The comedy is set for release in 2013.
Daniels stars in the new HBO series "The Newsroom" written by "The West Wing" and "Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin. The show also features Jane Fonda, Emily Mortimer, "Slumdog Millionaire" actor Dev Patel and Olivia Munn. The show will premiere on HBO on June 24.