Jim Carrey on Lloyd Christmas, a character he reprises 20 years later in Dumb and Dumber To
THE cult classic Dumb and Dumber To, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, is in theatres today, 20 years after its original installment. Carrey was last seen in Kick Ass 2 and is excited about reprising the old character. The only other time he revisited a character was in the Ace Ventura sequel, which was done immediately after the first one. About the idea of revisiting a character after 20 years, Carrey says, “A sequel, when you wait 20 years, becomes a ‘chicquel’. My work ethic comes from being absolutely desperate to make something interesting happen in every scene. I have a lot of partners in crime with me on this one, particularly the Farrelly brothers who are the producers and directors.’’
Putting on his old costumes was like ‘‘time travel,’’ he observes. ‘‘We tried some new things in the wardrobe fittings but I kept saying, ‘nope, nope, nope.’ Ultimately, I just wore the same thing. It felt right,” he continues.Carrey’s chemistry with his co-star Jeff Daniels is a riot. Can we see the same chemistry a second time around? “The first one was a discovery. You’re meeting a new friend. You’re kind of shy about it. And then now, it was like family. We were coming off the bus together, and we saw the playback and it was like, ‘Ah! They’re back, man.’ It just kind of gave us a good feeling. It was like old friends,” he says. It was Carrey’s idea to come up with a sequel. “As you get older, you value these things. It’s like I want to be with the gang again. I want to hang out with Jeff Daniels. I want to hang out with the Farrellys. It’s about ‘let’s go have some fun.’ Let’s go do something dumb,” says the 52-year-old.
About another sequel he would like to work on, Carrey says, “Lemony Snicket’s sequel because it was just an opportunity to do a lot of whacked out characters and stuff like that, but I don’t have hard and fast rules creatively. If it sounds fun in the moment, I’ll go there.”Dumb and Dumber To is scheduled to release today.
— Team Indulge