'Dumb & Dumber' 20 years Later — 6 Actors Who Were Almost Harry & Lloyd

Two decades ago the Farrelly brothers introduced us to two the two finest tuxedo afficionados in modern history: Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. If it wasn’t for Dumb & Dumber, we would have never known when man landed on the moon, what “Soup Du Jour” means, or statistically whether driving to the airport is more dangerous than flying. It’s truly an historical, monumental cinematic masterpiece. The dumbest movie ever made just turned 20 and it’s hard to imagine what life was before we all met Harry and Lloyd.

We could have met an entirely different pair of brilliant buffoons. Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels weren’t always the first in line for their famous roles. It’s hard to imagine the film without them, and it truly would have been a different movie without them, as Peter Farrelly revealed Carey improvised many of his lines, including the entire “Most Annoying Sound in the World Scene.” Watch it again and watch Daniels realize he has no idea what’s actually going on.

Let’s see what Dumb & Dumber could have looked like with the other casting choices.

by Rachel Semigran

Imagine This Line Being Read By...

…Not Jeff Daniels but….

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Nicolas Cage

Yep, Cage was one of the first actors considered to play Harry Dunne. Thankfully we only ever have to imagine the famous laxative scene as Nic Cage in our minds.

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Or think About This Face Being Made By...

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Gary Oldman

There’s very little Lloyd Christmas in Sirius Black.

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This Full Moon Could Have Been...


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Chris Elliott

Hard pass.

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Or This Line Would Have Sounded Completely Different With...

How often do you use this famous movie quote? Daily? Bi-Weekly? Often, let’s just go with often… and it was all in Carey’s delivery.

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Martin Short

Short, though a comedic legend, would have had a very different take on Mr. Christmas. He and Carey share cartoon-like abilities in physical comedy, rubber faces, and absolute playfulness in their work. However, with Short as Lloyd Christmas, he would have been hard to balance, or find the right Dunne Yin to his Christmas Yang.

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Or can you imagine Lauren Holly Pulling on the face of...

This scene still makes me cringe.

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Rob Lowe

No! It would have made way too much sense for a Samsonite (it was right there on the suitcase!) to fall for Harry. Jeff Daniels was the puh-urfect choice.

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Lastly, just picture this being said by...

Oh boy.

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Steve Martin

NO! Not the Father of the Bride!

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