Jeff Daniels Says ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ Will Go Further Than the First Film [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 24th, 2013 at 10:46 am,

Jeff Daniels Dumb and Dumber Jeff Daniels Says Dumb and Dumber To Will Go Further Than the First Film [Updated]

Fans of 1994 comedy Dumb and Dumber have had a long road ahead leading up to the much-talked-about sequel. For years, the film – titled Dumb and Dumber To – has struggled to land distribution as well as settle on a script strong enough to lure stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

However, the film recently found a new home at Universal Pictures, making it that much closer to reality. Then, Daniels confirmed that the film would begin shooting this fall. Now it appears that production is officially is about to begin.

E! Online caught up with Daniels (following his Emmy win for The Newsroom), and the actor announced that he was about to head to the set of Dumb and Dumber To. Here’s what Daniels had to say:

“We’re going to party ’til dawn and then I’m going to get on a plane and go to Atlanta and start shooting Dumb and Dumber To. The intellectual free-fall from [Will] MacAvoy to Harry Dunn, imagine if you will.”

The film’s imminent production can only be good news to fans, but the question remains of exactly what fans can expect from the long-awaited sequel. After all, it has been nearly 20 years since the original film’s release, and both Carrey and Daniels have seen their careers mature significantly since the low-brow humor of Dumb and Dumber.

Despite Daniels’ dramatic work on The Newsroom and Carrey’s more serious turns in past films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, fans shouldn’t expect the Dumb and Dumber sequel to be any more sophisticated than its predecessor. In fact, according to Daniels, the “scariest” part of filming the sequel is just how far it will go.

“The scariest thing? There are some things that’s we’re going to do in ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ that make the toilet scene [in the original] seem lame. Pales in comparison and I can’t divulge what, but just that they’ve topped it. The best thing about it? I get to work with a comedic genius.”

Fans no doubt recall that outrageous moment in the first film when Harry makes a visit to the restroom after Lloyd has slipped him some laxative. That scene firmly established the gross-out humor that became the signature of the films of Bobby and Peter Farrelly, and given how the times have changed, it makes sense for the filmmakers to up the ante for the sequel.

UPDATE: Carrey has posted (via Twitter) the first image of him and Daniels back in character for the Dumb and Dumber sequel:

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We can also safely assume that the “comedic genius” Daniels refers to is Carrey, who has recently turned in memorable supporting turns in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Kick-Ass 2. The pair reportedly had a great time making Dumb and Dumber, and it’s reassuring that Daniels seems passionate about going back to one of his most famous roles.

Last we heard, the plot of Dumb and Dumber To would see the dimwitted characters played by Carrey and Daniels reunite because one of them may be father to a child in need of a kidney. However, there have thus far been few other details about where Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) would be at this point in their lives or how new additions like Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead) fit into the plot.

Are you looking forward to seeing how raunchy Dumb and Dumber To can get? Let us know in the comments.


Dumb and Dumber To does not currently have a release date, but it’s expected to hit theaters sometime in 2014.

Source: E! Online

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  1. heads up on typo: to instead of two.

    • No thats actually the title of the movie.

        • It’s dumb to say To instead of Two.
          And dumber too.
          Hence Dumb And Dumber To.

  2. Without wishing to sound negative, nothing about this sounds like a good idea. It could be really embarrassing.

    Great comedy sequels. Discuss.

    Um, Clerks 2, Wayne’s world 2, Austin powers: the spy who shagged me, bill and teds bogus journey, American pie 2.

    Bad idea or no… I’d love a sequel to the Truman show more than any other!

    • I’m looking forward to it, and I know a number of my friends, who also loved the first film, are looking forward to the sequel as well.

      We’d also love another Pet Detective.

      • By the way, in your list, you forget about good comedic sequels, like Airplane 2 and The Return of the Pink Panther (with Peter Sellers).

        Dumb and Dumber was classic. I have no doubt Carrey and Daniels can duplicate the magic they had the first time.

        • I think I might be too young to have caught those two Jeff!

          • Age has little to do with ability to find and enjoy great films

            • You’re not wrong

        • Hot Shots Deux was great!

    • I hope this one is great, and I can forget about the prequel.

    • Out of your list….

      Loved Wayne’s World 1 and 2 equally. Same for the Bill and Ted movies.

      Never found Austin Powers, Clerks or American Pie funny but I checked out the Austin Powers and Clerks sequel(s) and didn’t find them funny either. To be honest, I still think the best movies Mike Myers has ever done are the ones where he played Wayne Campbell.

      As for Kevin Smith, Dogma was average and the rest of his movies have been terrible.

      Do Monty Python movies count as sequels? Only ask because all three (I don’t count “…And Now For Something Completely Different” due to it rehashing sketches from the TV show) are brilliant. Meaning Of Life is incredibly underrated as a comedy movie and I think Holy Grail is the best of the three, despite polls weirdly suggesting that Life Of Brian is the greatest comedy film of all time (I don’t find it as funny as Holy Grail).

  3. I thought I heard awhile back Jim was not going to be a part of this project anymore. Doe anyone know what happened there?

    • You are about a year or more behind the news cycle. He’s been back on board for awhile now. Filming begins today, as a matter of fact.

      • I guess what scares me the most is that Warner Bros. (the original studio) passed on the project.

        So who is dealing with this now?

        • Universal

  4. I would say that American Pie 2 doesn’t fall into that category. The rest, however, probably.

  5. Another great Carrey drama that people sleep on is- The Majestic. I hope this is as funny as the first one. Dumb and Dumber, Home Alone and There’s Something About Mary are my favorite comedies of the 90’s.

    • The first Ace Ventura is a classic as well.

      • Mystery Men funnier that Something About Mary? Absolutely not.

  6. Bad idea. The audience are only willing to suspend their disbelief for a limited time and so if they decide to make too surreal events happen then it will receive a poor reception.

    • Which is weird because Tenacious D And The Pick Of Destiny flopped because of its surreal nature (plus the many connections to the TV show) but in the UK, we love our surreal humour. Why else would Harry Hill, Bill Bailey, Ross Noble, Noel Fielding and Eddie Izzard be insanely popular while Monty Python are considered legends?

  7. The two look a little like Moe and Larry
    of The Three Stooges in the photo.
    Which is an image not too far off.

  8. Is this movie necessary ( HELL NO! )? The first one was ok but just reminds me how hollyweird treats the movie audience like idiots with cheap lazy toilet humor instead of giving us TRUE geniuses movies like IDIOCRACY . Jim carry is ok but just reminds me of a poor mans jerry lewis .

    • This guy says that the guy who created comedies like Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill doesn’t make “cheap lazy toilet humor”. That’s comedy all in itself.

      • I think that’s the thing. It’s all down to opinion.

        I liked Beavis & Butt-Head way back when but hated Ren & Stimpy and Rocko’s Modern Life, despite them being the same in essence.

        I’m no prude and loved Horrible Bosses and Revenge Of The Nerds but hate the “comedy” movies like American Pie, Sex Drive, Road Trip etc that rely purely on jokes based around sex and body functions. It’s lazy writing in my view.

        The dinner scene in The Campaign was filthy toilet humour but actually made me laugh while Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo just seemed sad and desperate for laughs by resorting to the lowest form of humour to appeal to people with the IQ of a potato.

        At the end of the day, you’re using implied insults to the person you replied to by assuming that his/her opinion is wrong and stupid but what if his/her taste in movies is seen as better than yours by other people?

        And for the record here, I loved B&B but thought KOTH was boring and Idiocracy was just dumb (and not ironically). Office Space was brilliant though.

        • When did I say his or her opinions are wrong and stupid?

          That’s fine, Ill wait.

          Ill quote myself though if you don’t want to re-read my statement.

          “This guy says that the guy who created comedies like Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill doesn’t make “cheap lazy toilet humor”.”

          Now if by saying that B&B and KOTH IS toilet humor to his comment of saying that the creator of those shows doesn’t make toilet humor, then fine, I am guilty. Then I’ll go on and say that all british people smell like fish. Something that isn’t true but hey… its an opinion. A dumb one at that.

  9. Typo alert: “Fans no doubt recall that outrageous moment in the first film when Harry makes a very visit to the restroom after Lloyd has slipped him some laxative.”

    You don’t want the word “very” here. :)

  10. @ Dazz … Very well said , problem is it’s sometimes hard to state an opinion when people can’t accept different points of view because of the belief that their opinion is always right , sad. Just keep an OPEN mind true believers and you might get surprised :).

  11. Cant wait to see this movie!!! :)

  12. Super funny!! It wasn’t overwhelmed with inappropriate humor about genitals and profanity. It had just the right amount along with silly jokes that make you laugh out loud. Plus the graphic visuals of their free spirits make this just as great as the first one if not better :)