I'll never forget when I saw Jaws in the theater, the impact it had on me -- so much that I wouldn't swim in a swimming pool for the rest of the summer. [Laughs] And I enjoyed so much hearing later how Spielberg had had a hard time working with the shark, so they had decided to not show the shark, and instead use the music, you know. The way they did that was just incredible; the way they would shoot so that you'd see just the shark's point of view instead of seeing the shark itself. It taught me, as a feature filmmaker, how important music is and involving all your senses and all that. So that's my all-time favorite movie -- Jaws.
It really was a stroke of luck that things didn't go right on that film.
[Laughs.] Right. It really was. And I'm reminded too, as a filmmaker, that stuff happens when you're making a movie -- so you'd better be thinking quick, and sometimes you can turn it to your advantage. The filmmaking process is never gonna go as easily as you hope, so you'd better be ready for some curveballs.
Did you ever experience a happy accident like that on one of your movies?
We've had a lot of happy accidents over the years. I remember when we were making our very first movie, Dumb and Dumber, just because when we started, we started in May, and the story calls for winter. It was a particularly warm spring, and we thought, "Oh my god, it's not gonna look too wintery." So we went to the highest mountain we could find, which was Estes Park in Colorado, and the night before we planned to shoot we had a foot and a half of snow -- and it was everything that we needed. So we got lucky that time. That was a big break for us.
That is one of my favorite comedies of all time, I have to tell you.
Oh thanks. We're right now working on the sequel, which is 20 years later with the same guys, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. We're hoping to be shooting it this fall. It hasn't been easy to get off the ground, but we're still hoping to be shooting in the fall.
I heard you guys had hit a glitch with the studio, yeah; but everyone wants to do it -- both Jim and Jeff?
Yeah. Yeah. Jeff's at a point in his career where he's got a lot of stuff going on where he's got that new show and, you know, he's really at the top of his game right now. So we would love to get those two guys back together. And it'll be almost 20 years later, so with those two characters that seems like about the right time for a sequel. I'm glad we didn't do one the next year or two years later or something like that. Twenty years later we can have a lot of fun with we're they're at.
Will they have changed at all? I hope not...
Very little personal growth. [Laughs.] Very little. That's who they are. [Laughs.] They don't have a lot of character arc in their story or in their lives. You know who they are, and they're pretty consistent.