Jim Carrey vs. Jeff Daniels: Which ‘Dumb and Dumber’ Actor Made More?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey

In 1994, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels took the world by storm within the Farrelly brothers’ comedy, Dumb and Dumber. Both Carrey and Daniels went on to different large tasks corresponding to The Cable Guy and The Newsroom. But, which of the 2 actors obtained a better paycheck for Dumb and Dumber?

Jeff Daniels wasn’t the primary alternative for the function of Harry in ‘Dumb and Dumber’

Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey
Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey | Stephane Cardinale/Corbis through Getty Images

While it’s laborious to think about Dumb and Dumber with another two actors than Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey, Daniels wasn’t the primary consideration for the function.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, creators of the movie, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, mentioned their studio didn’t need Daniels to play the function of Harry.

“Jeff Daniels was not the obvious choice because he hadn’t done any, you know, out and out comedies before that,” Bobby mentioned. “He was always comedic in his roles.” 

However, the Farrelly brothers had a gentle spot for Daniels after seeing him within the 1986 comedy, Something Wild. He had nice chemistry with Carrey throughout script readings in order that they fought for him to get the function.

“The studio didn’t want him,” Bobby added. “They said, ‘Please, anyone but him. Get a comedic actor.’”

We all understand how that turned out, however what tipped New Line (the studio) over the sting to solid Daniels?

“Look who I get to react to. Jim is a comedic genius,” Daniels beforehand mentioned, per Entertainment Weekly.

“There were comedians that wanted it, but he wanted an actor that would make him listen because he knew it was ping-pong, it was back and forth. So I just let him lead, and [Daniels’ character] Harry Dunne was like on a half-second delay to whatever [Carrey’s character] Lloyd would do.”

Jim Carrey’s unique supply was so much decrease than what he obtained

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At the time of casting for Dumb and Dumber, Carrey already had successful on his palms with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. He was provided $350,000 for the function, in keeping with THR. However, as soon as Ace Ventura grew to become a mega-success — $12.1 million its opening weekend — his paycheck acquired so much larger.

“As I recall it went something like this, they offered him $350,000 to do the movie and he [Carrey] passed,” Peter Farrelly advised THR.

“He [Carrey] wanted like 400,000. And they held off. And then Ace Ventura came out, which was his first movie and it was number one. … So then, you know, they said, ‘Okay, we’ll give you the 400.’ He said, ‘No, I want 500.’ And then they said, ‘No, you’re not getting 500.’”

He continued: “Another week passed, Ace was number one again. And they said, ‘We’ll give you five.’ ‘No, I want 750.’ Long story short, it got up to seven million and that’s what he got paid. The whole budget was 16 million and Jim got seven, which was the most ever for any comedic actor.”

How a lot did Daniels take residence for ‘Dumb and Dumber’?

Daniels was reportedly paid $150,000 per episode of his 2012-2014 run in The Newsroom. But, his payout for Dumb and Dumber didn’t precisely stack up — to the venture or co-star Carrey’s pay.

For the primary Dumb and Dumber movie, Daniels earned round $50,000. That’s far lower than his co-star. However, for the movie’s 2014 follow-up, Carrey made a whopping $15 million. It’s unclear what Daniels’ paycheck went as much as, however hopefully greater than $50,000.

Daniels beforehand advised Reuters he enjoys the craft, making the smaller payday slightly extra doable.

“I love changing it up,” he mentioned. “I like going from Newsroom to Dumb and Dumber. I like that vary. I like doing what you’re not alleged to do together with your profession decisions.”

Jim Carrey is the clear winner on this paycheck battle, however contemplating every of the actors’ resumes, we, the viewers, are the true winners.

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