Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey rocked the world in Farrelly Brother’s Dumb and Dumber. Afterward, both Carrey and Daniels went on to bigger projects such as The Newsroom and The Cable Guy.
However, there is a rumor that one actor received a bigger paycheque in Dumb and Dumber. Was it Jeff Daniels or Jim Carrey? Read on to find out more about the show and how much Jeff Daniels received for his role!
Daniels’ career began when he joined Chicago’s Second City troupe. His first major films were Terms of Endearment, Speed, and The Purple Rose of Cairo all in the 1980s.
Afterward, he had some memorable films such as Arachnophobia (1990), Gettysburg (1993), and Pleasantville (1998). He also played roles in Dumb and Dumber, Speed, and The Lookout (2007).
Daniels’ career has continued to soar through the years. He is currently acting in Aaron Sorkin’s TV drama called “The Newsroom” as well as portraying Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumber To.
Dumb and Dumber
The show is about the cross-country trip of two friends; Harry and Lloyd, who are both idiots. The duo goes on a road trip to find Mary McGarrel (Jeff Daniels’s ex-girlfriend) after she leaves a suitcase full of money that was meant for her future husband’s operation.
The show is directed by the Farrelly Brothers and stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels (who play Harry and Lloyd respectively). A year after the movie was released, it had made over $247 million at the Box Office.
Jeff Daniels Wasn’t First Choice for Harry
As hard as it is to imagine the show with any other actors, Jeff Daniels wasn’t favorite to star as Harry. When the production team was looking for actors to cast as Harry, they auditioned over 500 people and even passed on Jim Carrey himself.
Originally, Tom Cruise wanted to play Lloyd after his role in Risky Business but dropped out of consideration because he didn’t want to be known as a comedian. Afterward, John Travolta declined the role because he didn’t want to be known as a funny actor. Then, the team approached Billy Crystal and Richard Pryor but they both refused.
With no other options left, they finally chose Jeff Daniels for his distinct look which was required to portray Lloyd’s “simpleton.” What is interesting about this choice is that before Dumb and Dumber, Jeff Daniels had only done serious roles and was still known as a dramatic actor.
The Show Was Worth the Hype!
A year after Dumb and Dumber came out in theaters, it became one of the top-grossing movies that year. Afterward, its performance at the box office continued to rise as it remained number one on the rental charts.
The film also received positive reviews, achieving a rating of 78% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and 73/100 at Metacritic.
Jim Carrey’s Initial Offer was Lower than What He Got
Before Jim Carrey was cast as Lloyd, he had originally received an offer of $700,000 to play the role. However, his agent wanted double that amount, and negotiations continued for over a month until they reached $650,000. Because there were no other actors in line for the part (the movie’s production team refused to consider John Cusack because he was known as a dramatic actor), Jim Carrey’s first offer of $700,000 became the final deal.
How Much did Jeff Daniels Get Paid for Dumb and Dumber
Jeff Daniel’s first appearance on Dumb and Dumber saw him earn about $50000. This was much lower than what Jim Carrey made.
However, for the 2014 follow-up, Daniels made $150000 per episode. Carrey, on the other hand, made up to $15 million from the show.
In an interview with Reuters, Daniels reckoned that he enjoyed the craft. “I love changing it up,” he said. “I love going from Newsroom to Dumb and Dumber. I like that range. I like doing what you’re not supposed to do with your career choices.”
In the paycheque battle, Jim Carrey is the clear winner. However, the fans feel that Jeff Daniels is the better actor, and should earn more.
While Jeff Daniels earned significantly lower amounts compared to his co-star Jim Carrey, you must admit that the show was the prize. Each moment and scene were absolutely magical!