[Movies] Peter Farrelly Says Dumb and Dumber To Has No Greenlight
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.24.2013
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Peter Farrelly said that Dumb & Dumber To has not been given a greenlight. Here are highlights:
On the status of Dumb and Dumber To: "It's not a firm greenlight yet because there are still negotiations happening, but that's what we'd like to do next. We have a script that's really, really fun. If I told the plot to you, you'd say, "That's a piece of s—." But if I had told you the first one—"Well, it's about two guys and they find a briefcase and they bring it to Aspen to meet a chick"—you'd be like, "You're f—ing with me. That's not a movie!" It's a character thing, and it's all about the little things. Because it's been so hard to get this thing made for whatever reason—it's baffling but whatever—we've had time to just keep plugging, keep plugging, keep plugging. And the script is really fun."
On if it's harder to do outrageous comedy than when it was when they made There's Something About Mary: "It was easier at one point, yes, because nobody was doing this sort of thing. When we started, no one was really pushing the envelope, so you could sneak up on people — and that's the whole fun of it. So when it started getting predictable, that's when we sort of veered off: we did Shallow Hal, Three Stooges — even Hall Pass is a more traditional thing. But this one is just kind of a balls-to-the-wall hard R. It's Funny Or Die if you could do anything. Because, you know, there are limitations to what they can do on on Funny Or Die."
On how they knew the actors would be okay with Movie 43: "We didn't really know. Some of the people we instinctively knew wouldn't be interested were guys who do this every day. Like Will Ferrell—this is what he does for a living, so why would he want to come work for us for scale for two days? We figured it would be kind of fun to go for people you didn't expect to see in this kind of movie. But we needed to test the waters. We called a lot of people up. I've got to give credit to Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts. They're friends, and I asked them if they would do it, and they both said, "Yeah, we're in." I didn't even tell them which script we were going to do. That's a good friend. To give you another example of how nice people can be, the second day of shooting was Kate Winslet's birthday. We said, "We're going to try to get you out of here because we know it's your birthday." And she said, "Listen, I leave when the crew leaves." And she was getting paid scale! It was a great process."