Twenty years of dumb came to fruition Monday night at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood with the premiere of the long-awaited sequel “Dumb and Dumber To.”
Stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels took to the red carpet in their freshest Tom Ford orange and powder blue suits, respectively. For Daniels, sitting with friends and family at the after party at the Napa Valley Grille in Westwood, finally making the sequel to the 1994 original was a worthwhile experience as both an actor and a moviegoer.
“To see the two guys together again, the characters are still alive and well and creating havoc everywhere, it’s fun to see,” Daniels said. “You don’t get that opportunity (because) usually when they do a sequel it’s right away, but 20 years later, I was real pleased with how much of it worked and how great the chemistry was with Jim.”
The film went through a long development process, and at one point saw Carrey even back out temporarily, but directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly remained determined. Peter said the film lived up to his expectations.
“It’s very satisfying,” Farrelly said. “It was a hard one to do and there were a lot of bumps in the road, but it turned out exactly how we hoped it would.”
He said he knew he needed a great script to make the movie work, but once he had that he knew he could rely on his two leading actors, who know the characters so well and have a proven chemistry for comedic mayhem on screen, to knock it out of the park.
“It’s all Jim and Jeff, give them a great script and they’re going to nail it,” Farrelly said. “It’s sort of like flying a jet from L.A. to Tokyo, you just put it on autopilot and let it go.”
Stepping back into the shoes of his character Harry Dunne 20 years later wasn’t as hard as one might imagine, said Daniels, thanks to a comic master of a co-star.
“When you’ve got Jim Carrey leading the way, first of all you’re in trouble, but you get to be on kind of a half-second delay when he grabs you and pulls you,” Daniels said. “That’s kind of what it’s like to be in a movie with him because he’s such an instigator comedically. And that’s what you want, you want Jim to be Jim.”
New co-stars in the sequel include Rob Riggle and Kathleen Turner, who said she remembered the first film being funny, but was attracted to the sequel for a simple reason.
“They sent me a script, and it made me laugh,” Turner said. “It’s funnier on the screen.”
Riggle, who said he’s been quoting the first film for the last 20 years, was just happy the script existed.
“They called and said, ‘Hey, they want you to be this guy,’” he said. “And I said, ‘Great, I’m in.’ And they said, ‘We’ll send you the script.’ And I go, ‘Send if it you want, but I’m in.’”
Audiences should expect to stay in their seats after the film ends for postcredits gags about future sequels. But fans shouldn’t get discouraged about future follow ups, as Farrelly says there’s a chance — and it sounds slightly better than all that one in a million talk.
“Depending how this does, I could see doing another,” Farrelly said. “I just really enjoy this movie and working with those guys. Yeah, I could see doing it again.”
He’s not the only one on board.
“I love the Farrellys, I love Jim,” Daniels said. “There’s great value in making people laugh 20 years ago and I hope now. And (if) you get to do it again, you get to do it again.”
“Dumb and Dumber To,” presented by Universal Pictures and Red Granite Pictures in association with New Line Cinema, a Conundrum Entertainment/Charles B. Wesser production and Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland production of a Farrelly Brothers movie, opens in theaters Nov. 14.