Imagine a world where Spike Jonze directed Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.
It almost happened. Jim Carrey revealed the tantalizing bit of movie history at the Q&A panel for documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Jonze produced the film about the making of Carrey’s Andy Kaufman biopic, Man on the Moon.
Early in the proceedings, Carrey explained that the project arose because of his longtime desire to work with Jonze after their paths briefly crossed earlier in their careers.
According to ScreenCrush, Carrey told the Toronto audience, “I’ve been wanting to do something with Spike forever. I was stupid enough to turn him down to direct Ace 2, ’cause I had no idea who he was. And he came in and pitched all kinds of s—, and he was about to take over the world and I didn’t know it. I was like, ‘I don’t know, this guy’s new.’ And I’ve been kicking myself ever since.”
While the world may never see Jonze’s take on our favorite pet detective, Jim & Andy has been acquired by Netflix, so viewers will soon have a chance to watch the decades-in-the-making collaboration between Jonze and Carrey.