Dumb and Dumber is one of the best comedy movies ever made, but apparently it came pretty close to looking a lot different.
Jeff Daniels, who played Harry Dunne in the movie, revealed that he was nearly fired the first week of filming Dumb and Dumber. Apparently the studio wasn’t convinced that Daniels should co-star along Jim Carrey, so they didn’t film any scenes of the two actors together in case they needed to re-cast Daniels’ role. Essentially, the entire first week of filming was Daniels trying to convince the studio he deserved the part.
But Daniels apparently had major support to stay in the movie. Bobby and Peter Farrelly, the writers and directors of the movie, wanted him as did Carrey. Daniels even says Carrey repeatedly reassured him that he was doing a good job.
“He was always a champion of me,” Daniels said. “Jim walks in, taps me on the shoulder and says, ‘just keep doing what you’re doing, they love you.’”
Of course, Daniels stayed in the role and it became one of the most beloved comedies of the last few decades. And it later spawned a sequel that was not quite as beloved.