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Me, Myself & Irene

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Jim Carrey, Me, Myself & Irene
Glenn Watson

Me, Myself & Irene

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
116 minutes
Wide Release Date:
06/23/00
performer:
Jim Carrey, Renee Zellweger, Chris Cooper
director:
Bobby Farrelly
Producer:
Bobby Farrelly
Producers:
Conundrum Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
Bobby Farrelly
genre:
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a B-

Carrey works double time for his paycheck, playing split personalities: one, an unassuming cop raising his three African-American sons (the children of his ex-wife and a black Mensa midget); the other, a nasty Romeo. When both fall in love with Irene (Zellweger), chaos ensues. The Farrellys and longtime friend Mark Simone wrote the script 10 years ago, but, says Bobby, ”It was a complete whiff. Nobody even nibbled.” Then, after ”There’s Something About Mary,” the three decided to take another stab. ”We realized it did suck,” says Bobby. ”At the time, we were trying to guess what people would like, and later on we realized it works better if we write what WE like.”

The directors had planned on having their assistant, J.D. Rogers, direct, but once Carrey signed on, the Farrellys grabbed it back, giving Rogers ”Say It Isn’t So” (shooting with Heather Graham and Chris Klein). Meanwhile, Zellweger not only snagged the part of Carrey’s paramour, but walked away from production with that role off screen. ”The chemistry was definitely there, but more so for him,” says Bobby. ”She has a policy: no hanky-panky on the set…. But he was smitten.”

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