Movie 43 features A-listers such as Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Halle Berry, Richard Gere, Liev Schreiber, Uma Thurman, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Banks and Terrence Howard and is set to release this Friday but you wouldn’t know it because, not only is the movie being dumped at the end of January (always a bad sign), but none of the stars will promote it.
No studio would touch it. Nor would a certain segment of the A-list: Farrelly says that when he approached George Clooney about playing himself in a sketch (the gag: George Clooney is bad at picking up women), Clooney told him, “No f–king way.”
None of the stars has promoted the film on talk shows or in magazines—which only generates more curiosity about what may the weirdest theatrical release ever.
In fact, a lot of the film’s stars tried to weasel their way out of it. Stars like Richard Gere made them wait more than a year and then said he could only give them 4 days to shoot and that they would have to relocate from LA to New York. “They clearly wanted out!” says Peter Farrelly of the Farrelly brothers. “But we wouldn’t let them.” The strategy, he says, was simple: “Wait for them. Shoot when they want to shoot. Guilt them to death.”
So why is every actor in this film trying to distance themselves from it? Poop jokes. Everyone loves a poop joke but no one wants to be associated with one.
The movie, which is just a hodgepodge of sketches from 12 different directors all loosely tied together by a plot, features scenes such as Anna Faris asking her boyfriend, “Will you poop on me?,” Halle Berry putting her breasts in a bowl of guacamole, Kate Winslet distracted on her first date with Hugh Jackman because he has balls hanging from his chin, Emma Stone and Kieran Culkin arguing over who gave who an STD and Gerard Butler as a leprechaun who threatens to cut off Johnny Knoxville’s balls.
“I just want to reinforce that the movie wasn’t an attempt to shock,” says producer John Penotti. They did, after all, cut a sketch about necrophilia.
“That’ll be on the DVD,” Wessler says. Page Six
See? We’re not looking to shock. We even cut out the necrophilia sketch. Psst, it’ll be on the DVD.
Anyway, the entire thing took 4 years to make and was done on just a $6 million budget. Farrelly hopes to find an audience. Mainly from the “Kids, teenagers, 50-somethings who still smoke pot” crowd. Or, oddly enough, people who browse Reddit.
Seeing as how A-listers are trying to pretend this film never happened as if it were some sort of traumatic rape, Farrelly decided to promote it himself by doing an AMA on Reddit. As usual, some highlights.
Is ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ really happening?
100% Guaranteed that it’s a possibility. We’re in negotiations right now with Warner Bros. And hope to have an announcement soon.
Yes. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are in. And there are a couple of other very juicy roles. I love that guy Channing Tatum and would love to get him in there. Also, there’s an excellent role for a young dumb girl. Emma Stone would knock it out of the park.
Wasn’t there a movie called Dumb and Dumberer?
Yes. We had nothing to do with it.
How much of Dumb and Dumber was improvised by Jim and Jeff?
Not as much as you think. Probably only 95%. No seriously I would say 15% was improvised, however we did sit down with Jim and Jeff before the movie started shooting and we came up with a lot of gems then together.
What the hell is Movie 43? All I’ve seen in commercials is an apparent hodge podge of unrelated scenes and a metric ton of various A-list actors.
Good question. It’s a collection of comedy shorts in the vein of Kentucky Fried Movie. Except each short has a different writer and director. There is also a story holding it all together, Dennis Quaid is a down and out movie producer pitching projects to Greg Kinnear and Common (along the way they bump into Seth Macfarlane and others). As Dennis starts to grow more nervous he gets more desperate and the screws start to turn in a big way. It’s going to score around 7 on the Rotten Tomatoes meter. It’s really funny, but may be too outrageous for critics.
A commercial for your movie came up before a porn once. Did you make that decision or did an agency? Because I probably am in your demographic.
I personally made that decision.
What’s your favorite moment that has happened on a movie set?
Probably when Bill Murray showed up on the set of Kingpin for the first time. Being that he doesn’t have an assistant, agent, or cell phone there was no way to reach him. So we were just hoping he would show up on time. Then when he did show up, that burst of energy was just the thing we needed at that point in the movie. Another favorite moment was when my kids showed up on the movie set for the first time.. as they looked upon the jizzum in Cameron Diaz’s hair.
Is there a certain field of humor you shy away from? If so for what reason?
I do try and avoid the really witty stuff.
What did you use to create Cameron Diaz’s signature hair in Something about Mary?
Actually that was just some kind of glue. But the funny part was when a guy showed up on the set with all different jizz sizes and shapes, to hang on Bens ear. God’s honest truth, that’s somebody’s job. This guy shows up with a briefcase and inside he has about 40 different loads. Each one is a different length and texture, sort of like snow flakes. Only prettier. We laughed our asses off. But I did feel kinda bad that this was the man’s lot in life–to carry a briefcase full of jizzm. By the way that man grew up to be Anderson Cooper.
Love your movies…2 questions:
1 – what do you think is the funniest non-Farrelly movie?
2- How does one cast for the small penis guy in Hall Pass?
ps- had pleasure of working with your sister at GBH…super nice.
Thanks for the kind words about my sister Cathy. 2- It was easy. We hired our friend Rich Brown. He’s the kinda guy who you could see with clothes on and tell that he has a small dick. We actually put a prosthetic device on to enhance his dick and make it look believably small. Because his real one looked too jokey.
When is the last time you saw your brother naked?
He’s draped across the couch right now. To give me inspiration. Sort of like Michelle Pieffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys.
Growing up, what would you say was the film(s) that influenced you and your brother most, and made you say “I want to do this for a living.”?
Cool Runnings. Just kidding, actually it was Airplane, Animal House, Blazing Saddles, Cat Ballou, and Something Wild.