Before swiss army man Y Everything everywhere at oncedirectors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (collectively known as “Daniels”) were approached by Jim Carrey to film a behind the scenes found footage horror movie of Two dumbs so dumbs.
“Very early in our careers, Jim Carrey came up,” Kwan said. the hollywood reporter during the annual roundtable of writers of the medium. “He had just seen Paranormal activity and it was like, ‘Guys, it’s found footage and it’s horror, have you seen it?’ And we said, “Uh-huh, we’ve heard about that. Where is this going?” And he said, “I haven’t seen anybody do that, but with comedy. And I have this great idea.”
Kwan then delved into dumb and dumberthe connection of the glow that inspired Carrey’s idea for a found-footage horror-comedy. “Basically, the set of dumb and dumber a haunted set was famous – it was in the same hotel as the glow was inspired by – and [Jim’s] Like, ‘The whole time we were shooting, things were breaking, people were getting hurt, doors were swinging, and it felt haunted. let’s shoot Two dumbs so dumbs, and I want you guys to do a found footage horror comedy on set. While we’re filming, you guys are going to make a behind-the-scenes feature film that slowly turns into a horror movie. We’re like, ‘OK, we’re in. This is incredible'”.
Despite the Daniels’ enthusiasm for working with Carrey, their partnership was dead on arrival. “We wrote a complete schematic and we were very excited,” Kwan said. “Then we sat down with the producer, pitched the idea, and they said, ‘We’re not actually going to do this. I’m sorry, Jim got really excited, but there’s no way the studio is going to do it.” we are going to make a movie while they are filming Two dumbs so dumbs.’ And we said, ‘OK…'”
As Kwan points out, the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for the glow‘s Overlook Hotel, was also used in dumb and dumber. While filming the latter, Carrey stayed in the allegedly haunted room 217, the same room that author Stephen King and his wife stayed in and on which the author was based. the glowCarrey’s infamous room 237. Although Carrey has not shared the details of his stay, it is said that he only occupied room 217 for a few hours before grisly events forced him to leave.
While a Carrey and the Daniels horror comedy may sound like a missed opportunity to some fans, any future partnerships between the actor and the directors may be just as fraught. Carrey announced his intentions to retire before the release of sonic the hedgehog 2, in which the actor reprized his villainous role as Doctor Robotnik. Meanwhile, the Danielses are at the beginning of their professional film careers, rising to prominence with this year’s film. Everything everywhere at oncewhich opened just a week before sonic 2. Daniels’ sophomore work is A24’s highest-grossing feature to date and is considered a front-runner in several major awards season categories, recently receiving eight top nominations at the Independent Film Spirit Awards.