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‘Dumb and Dumber’ sequel is set to go

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels will reprise their roles.

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Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels will reprise their roles.

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It’s official, finally. Nearly 20 years after “Dumb and Dumber,” Peter and Bobby Farrelly are shooting the sequel. Reached on his cellphone Friday, Bobby confirmed that production of “Dumb and Dumber To” will start later in the summer in Atlanta, and Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels will be reprising their roles as well-meaning, moronic friends Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. “We wouldn’t have considered doing it without them. They’re both very excited and raring to go,” said Farrelly. “This isn’t a traditional sequel. It’s been 20 years, yeah, but there’s not been a lot of growth with these two characters.” Farrelly said the first film took a long time to make because studios and agents were skeptical. “No one wanted to make a movie about two dumb guys,” he said. “And then they begged us to change the title, but eventually it became part of the lexicon. Now, every six months, The New York Post has a picture of two guys and the headline ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ ” Why has it taken so long to shoot a sequel to a film that has earned $246 million worldwide? “Well, we ended up dealing with a lot of lawyers, and that’s not the easiest thing in the world,” said Farrelly. (After much haggling with Warner Bros., which wasn’t interested, Universal Pictures acquired the domestic distribution rights.) “We’ve never made a sequel and these are iconic characters,” said Farrelly. “So we want to make sure this stands on its own.”

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