When Woody Harrelson snubbed 'Dumb and Dumber' over a game of pool!
Woody Harrelson backs out from starring in the iconic comedy Dumb and Dumber because of winning a game of pool. Retrospect into what could have been!
Woody Harrelson (Source: NBC)
Pop the corn and grab your Snuggie, because we're blowing the lid off an insider tidbit concerning the iconic comedy "Dumb and Dumber"! According to the Roadshow Bible itself, aka Screen Rant, Woody Harrelson missed out on a hearty bite of the "Dumb and Dumber" cake for a simple yet shocking reason: he was too nifty with a pool cue!
Imagine, back in 1994, the comedy universe could have been blindsided with a Harrelson sighting in the buddy-comedy classic. According to Seth Meyers' "Late Night" episode, Harrelson just might have joined Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on their dim-witted yet benevolent adventures.
Harrelson's Pool Prodigy Costs Him Comedy Stardom
Here's the scoop: Harrelson was living it up with Peter Farrelly, one of the script geniuses behind "Dumb and Dumber" when the proposal came. Harrelson, indulging in his betting man aura, struck a deal with Farrelly. A pool game challenge: win, he's out; lose, he's in for the movie gig. And as fate would have it, he shot the winning eight-ball.
"Let's play a game of pool. And if I win, I'm not gonna do it. If you win, I'll do it," Harrelson recalls challenging Farrelly. "So it came down to the eight-ball, and it's a shot that's an insane slice shot into the pocket that most people, even Willie Mosconi, would've had trouble with. Me? I sunk that damn ball!" the actor nostalgically recounted.
Lost Dumb and Dumber, Gained Other Hits
Though he said "see ya later" to "Dumb and Dumber", Harrelson found himself zipping through another comedy landscape just two years later in "Kingpin." Despite not reaching legendary Dumb and Dumber fame, "Kingpin" has its own cult of enthusiasts.
Fast forward now, and we have Harrelson winning over his fans in the Farrelly brothers' film, "Champions". Directed by Bobby Farrelly, this flick unravels the story of a fallen-from-grace basketball coach (Harrelson) striving to make his mark again. As Harrelson stands tall in the saga of the Farrelly brothers, we can't help but wonder about the comic riot he could have ignited in "Dumb and Dumber". Now, isn't that a wistful journey down memory lane?
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