“No. It wasn’t me. It was the one-armed man.” – The Mask
Hang on to your hats, here are some fun facts about The Mask.
26. The Mask is based is based on a comic book
Yup, the Mask character is the creation of Dark Horse Comics. The comic books were more sinister than the film though.
25. The film was originally planned to be dark
Much in line with the darker side of the comic books, initially the mask wearer was meant to be a dangerous anti-hero with violent tendencies – it was pegged at the replacement for Nightmare on Elm Street. It was difficult for the production to balance the horror elements with the comedy and when Carrey climbed onboard, it just turned into a comedy.
24. Those teeth
The large prosthetic teeth Jim Carrey sports as the Mask were originally meant to be used only in silent scenes, but the actor taught himself how to speak with them to make the character even quirkier.
23. Parental inspiration
Jim Carrey allegedly based his character on his father. We’re not sure if that’s flattering or not?
22. Jim Carrey’s elasticity
Director Chuck Russell has revealed that the production saved a lot of money on special effects with Jim Carrey in the leading role – the actor’s movements were so exaggerated and cartoonish, they didn’t need to be touched up digitally.
21. First time on the big screen
The Mask was Cameron Diaz’s first movie role and she earned less than $500,000 for it.
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