Peter Farrelly talks ‘Movie 43,’ ‘Dumb and Dumber’ sequel

By Daniel S Levine,

Peter Farrelly - one half of the Farrelly brothers directing duo - and the producers of the all-star comedy Movie 43 spoke about the project, which has been four years in the making, recently. Farrelly also gave an update on the Dumb and Dumber sequel that fans of the original film have been hearing about for years.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Farrelly and producers Charles Wessler and John Penotti discussed how Movie 43, an outrageous collection of sketches starring the likes of Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Dennis Quaid and Terrence Howard, came about.

“This thing started 10 years ago with Charlie Wessler. He wanted to do a Kentucky Fried Movie-type movie but he wanted all different writers, all different directors for every scene, and all different actors,” Farrelly said. “He also had the foresight to realize that things have changed since Kentucky Fried Movie and attention spans have diminished greatly, so he knew we’d have to have some kind of wrap-around holding those shorts together.”

“As we got going, we had literally probably 120 scripts that were created, and they were all curated by Charlie to keep the same kind of bold theme,” Pennotti added.

Farrelly and the producers also spoke with other members of the media. The fact that grabbed TMZ’s attention is that Berry dipped her bare chest in guacamole for the film.

“I would have to say Halle Berry,” he said about who surprised him the most. "I was a little nervous about meeting her because her scene is so outrageous and I was afraid she might get on the set and balk.”

But, “Not only did she not, but she thought the scene was too soft, and asked us to amp it up a little.”

As for Dumb and Dumber To, the planned Dumb and Dumber sequel, Farrelly says that there hasn’t been a greenlight yet, but they are working on it.

“We have a script that’s really, really fun. If I told the plot to you, you’d say, ‘That’s a piece of s—.’ But if I had told you the first one—’Well, it’s about two guys and they find a briefcase and they bring it to Aspen to meet a chick’—you’d be like, ‘You’re f—ing with me. That’s not a movie!’ It’s a character thing, and it’s all about the little things,” he told EW. “Because it’s been so hard to get this thing made for whatever reason—it’s baffling but whatever—we’ve had time to just keep plugging, keep plugging, keep plugging. And the script is really fun.”

Movie 43 hits theaters on Friday.



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