Q. That actually lent it some credibility?
A. You know, Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Naomi Watts . . . Once you start getting a few, the others want in. It was really surprising how many people were excited because this was a movie like no other movie. It has huge stars doing ridiculously outrageous things that they’d never done before or will never have an opportunity to do again. Let me be very clear. This thing is going to score 7 on Rotten Tomatoes.
Q. Is that a badge of honor?
A. No, it’s a fact because it’s so outrageous and they do so many crazy things. It’s a jarring movie. It’s really not for everybody. It’s for people who like their comedies — high school kids, college kids, 20-somethings, 30-somethings, even 40- and 50-somethings who still smoke weed. . . . This is Charlie’s baby. [The Farrelly brothers] try to have a balance in our movies. We’re not bashful, but we also have a certain layer of heart and dignity in our movies.
Q. So this has no heart and no dignity?
Q. Awesome. So you basically just produced?
A. Really, I only worked on this movie for like a week. But the shorts I did were a ball. To work with Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman was unbelievable. And Halle Berry was sensational. All of the people in this movie, when they got on board, they wanted to push it further. Literally, I had Halle Berry calling me about the script, telling me, “You guys said this was going to be a hard-R, come on, keep going.”
Q. Explain the title.
A. I can’t explain the title without giving it away, but it does make sense.
Q. Can we talk just for a moment about the “Dumb and Dumber” sequel? Is it happening?
A. There’s nothing much to report there, except that, you know, we’re plowing ahead on it. We have a great script, we have the actors, and we have . . . There are a lot of negotiations still going on. Knock on wood, we hope to be filming it by this summer.
Q. And when you say “We have the actors,’’ do you have Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels?
Q. You guys have been making movies for a long time, and it seems like, in some ways, the culture has caught up to you. The kind of humor you’re
well known for, no one was doing it when you were. Is that fair?
A. Yeah. I mean, when we started doing movies, people weren’t really pushing the envelope. So there was an opportunity to sort of sneak up on people and surprise them. And you don’t have that anymore. Now everyone does it, and it’s expected. When people see you coming down the road, you know, you don’t like doing the same thing over and over. That’s why we did a movie like “The Three Stooges,” which probably was the highest degree of difficulty movie we ever made. It was a logistical nightmare. But it was the most satisfying movie we’ve made because the actors were so good in that movie and they pulled it off.
Q. And it was reasonably well-received by the critics.
A. It did fine. I mean, it didn’t break any records. But yeah, the reviews were extremely good for this kind of thing. Critics liked it and they knew what it was.