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

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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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Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on Set for 'Dumb and Dumber To'

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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