“I trusted Bobby and Peter, obviously, because they are so hilarious, but when we came up with the visual to the joke, it made me realize how right they were.” “At first, I had questions because you never know how something like that can go since it had never been done before,” noted Diaz in an e-mail interview.
“There was this big butt staring at us,” Shaye said. “Bobby loves showing people his butt.”
We both walked away like, ‘I love that girl.’ I remember some critic somewhere said something like, ‘She gave it the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.’ She grounded it because she was so lovely. “When we met her, she elevated herself. “We did have her at the top of the list,” said Bobby Farrelly. You could see why these guys (Stiller, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans) were going to ridiculous lengths to try and win her affection.”
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My stepfather was an extremely lovely man. I based some of [my character] upon him because he loved his wife and when your wife comes with children, you love them, too.” “Sometimes a stepdad comes in at the right time in everybody’s life,” David noted, “It’s not about who sired you, but who raised you and how they raised you.
“When they told us, we were laughing so hard, we were like ‘Oh, my God.’ So we just worked it into the story.” His parents never told them the story until years later because they wanted to save the kid embarrassment.
That’s bull. People are uncomfortable’ [with disabilities]. It was natural for us to put them in movies. And I’m like, ‘No, they’re not. “We had a friend who broke his neck in high school, who was a paraplegic,” added Peter Farrelly. Whenever you did that back then, it seems the studio was, ‘No, no, no! … People have disabilities, so let’s see them.’” “So we were around a lot of people with disabilities.
One of the most memorable scenes in the Farrelly Brothers’ classic romantic comedy “There’s Something About Mary” finds hapless high school student Ted (Ben Stiller) accidentally getting his penis stuck in his fly in the bathroom of the house of his beautiful prom date Mary (Cameron Diaz).
But in fact, Warren is based on their longtime neighbor and good friend, who has a cameo in the film in the scene where Mary is working with people with special needs. “He’s a great guy.” “He’s the guy who comes up and asks for a kiss,” Bobby Farrelly said.
Diaz, who received a New York Film Critics Circle award for her work, was the key to the film’s success, the brothers said, because she perfectly captured Mary’s sweetness and kindness not only with the intellectually disabled Warren (W. Earl Brown), but the homeless and her eccentric, severely sunburned friend Magda (Lin Shaye)
Besides her “topless” scene, Shaye has a great bit in which she’s French-kissed by Slammer, the adorable border terrier who played Magda’s dog, Puffy.
Though Mary’s stepdad (Keith David) is based on their own father, they decided to cast an African-American actor in the part. ”It just kind of changed the dynamic,” Bobby Farrelly said. “We had auditioned a bunch of guys and when Keith came in, he just blew us away.”
The Farrellys did encounter difficulties with 20th Century Fox about including the character Warren, because the studio thought that they were making fun of his disability.
Besides, she added, “Peter and Bobby have such heart in all of their movies. No matter how shocking the comedy is, there is so much that is inherently good about the story and the characters that really appeals to people and it makes the laughter at the jokes a little more forgivable.”
The crew was busting.” “That was not supposed to be happy,” Shaye said. It was on the other side of the camera; fortunately, you don’t see that. “The dog just went for me. When the dog started doing that, Cameron was a laughing so hard, she was crying. I just hung in there with it. The dog licked a hole in the latex.
Their neighbor Cindy, a longtime friend of their mother, was invited to the premiere. That is, until the movie’s premiere in Rhode Island. “When we made the movie, we didn’t think it would be for everybody,” Peter Farrelly said.
It was like a big family." And occasionally they would ask everyone on the set, including the crew, for ideas that they would absolutely try. The directors, noted Diaz, worked as a team, “bouncing ideas off of each other and both giving directing.
The audience is going to hate you because you are mocking somebody with a handicap,’” Brown recalled. “I just feel instinctively, ‘If you goof this, if you play it broad and you try to be funny, it ain’t going to be funny.
And though somebody stole Magda’s $5,000 fright wig, Shaye made sure she got to keep the leathery breasts she wears in one scene. It was no laughing matter for Shaye in the make-up chair, where she spent four hours a day to get Magda’s indescribable orange glow.
“My mother said, ‘What was it, Cindy?’ She goes, ‘When the girl has the [semen] in her hair.’ I remember thinking this could be a big hit.” “Cindy yelled to my mother, ‘Marion, I loved the movie, but you know what my favorite part was?’” noted Peter Farrelly.
“I thought, ‘I should hang on to those just for fun,’” Shaye quipped. 1998’ at the bottom.” It says ‘Magda’s Boobs. There’s Something About Mary. “I literally put them in one of those window boxes [in my house].
According to Bobby Farrelly, the sidesplitting “frank and beans” sequence in the box office hit, celebrating its 20th anniversary on July 15, is based on a real incident.
She told Brown that one of her brothers had Down Syndrome and that her mother rented the film for the family to watch.
My dad, who was a doctor, actually had to go in and say, ‘Hey, kid. They remembered the time when their younger sister had a group of fellow eighth graders over to the house to listen to records in the basement. “My parents were upstairs,” Farrelly said. He was in there for a long time. “One of the kids went up [to the bathroom] and he zipped himself up. You alright?’”
He loved the family dynamic in the movie because it reminded him of his relationship with his stepdad.
After Peter Farrelly yelled “Cut!” he told Shaye, “That’s what we all call cinema gold.”
Pete and I said, ‘What could happen that could embarrass this kid?’’’ “Homer said it best,” Farrelly said. “He said, ‘It’s funny because it’s true.’ And so, the things that actually do happen are funnier to us.
Brown’s performance as the young man who didn’t like his ears touched and was a whiz at Rubik’s Cube works so well because he doesn’t try to make Warren funny.
“She said, ‘Absolutely.’ But on the day, she’s like, ‘I’m having second thoughts about this. This could derail my career.’” The brothers had asked Diaz if she was comfortable with everything in the scene.
He was less open about whether the comedy’s best and raunchiest scene involving Ted and Mary exchanging “hair gel” is based on an actual event in their lives.
“Mary” marked the third straight Farrelly Brothers film Shaye appeared in, having played memorable characters in 1994’s “Dumb and Dumber” and 1996’s “Kingpin,” but she’s best known as the man-crazy cougar Magda, with the unnaturally deep suntan.
Then we laughed our asses off for the whole movie, brother included.” He didn’t say anything. “So he saw the first scene where you show up at school and say, ‘Have you see my baseball?’ My brother got up from the couch. He walks and points to the TV screen and looks at us and points and says, ‘He’s special like me.’ He came back and sat down.
The brothers weren’t as pleased with the response they were getting from Diaz and Shaye when Puffy falls out the apartment window, so Bobby Farrelly decided to drop trou.
Even in auditions, he knew it was imperative to play Warren straight.
“Look, the kid in eighth grade, I could tell his story, but I can’t give away all my secrets,” Farrelly said. “It’s all loosely based on things that happened.”
We’re not doing it to just shock people.’ We were trying to make people laugh.” If it doesn’t get huge laughs, we’re not going to leave it in. But he did reveal that they didn’t know if they were going too far with the joke. “We were like, ‘This could definitely be way over the edge.
“It was a wonderful sort of surprise,” said David, adding that several of his ad-libs made it into the film. “One that I remember most vividly is ‘Are you yelling at me in my own house?’”
One of the nicest compliments he received for his performance was at the Roxy nightclub in Los Angeles a few years after the release of the film. Earl Brown?’” “I was at a concert and there was a girl standing next to me and she does a double-take and says, ‘Are you W.