Jeff Daniels Reveals How Jim Carrey Helped Him Land Dumb and Dumber

Jeff Daniels Reveals How Jim Carrey Helped Him Land Dumb and Dumber

The actor opens up about how his supportive co-star fought for him on set of the comedy classic.

By Jocelyn Vena

Believe it or not, but Jeff Daniels almost ended up on the cutting room floor after filming Dumb and Dumber. While his role as Harry Dunne in the 1994 comedy is now legendary, the studio wasn't initially sure they wanted the actor to appear in the flick. But much like his character Lloyd Christmas, Jim Carrey had Jeff's back.

"I auditioned, then they brought me back and I auditioned with Jim Carrey and we did the hot tub scene," Jeff recalled on Inside the Actor's Studio. "First week we shot the tongue on the pole, we shot the snowball on the head, we shot a bunch of other stuff with me. And about Thursday I got caught up, 'I'm still auditioning.' I later found out that the studio had one actor on hold ready to come in."

After spending his first weekend on set waiting to hear if he'd be back for more screentime, he was called back the following Monday thanks to the urging of Jim. "They had looked at the dailies from the first week. And now I'm there Monday morning, six in the morning, and Jim walks in, first time anybody even acknowledged this was going on, just patted me on the shoulder and said, 'They love what you're doing, just keep it going.' Jim fought for me. They wanted a comedian. And Jim said, 'I don't want a comedian. I want an actor... who will make me listen, who will make me react.'" Jim and Jeff went on to reprise their iconic roles in the 2014 sequel Dumb and Dumber To.

Below, Jeff opens up a bit more about the "comedic tornado."  

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