Actor Jim Carrey has bowed out of participating in the "Dumb and Dumber" sequel, the original of which made the young actor famous in 1994. The move, according to some critics, is a mistake for Carrey, who could use a much needed revamp to his dimming comedy career.
The original comedy, which followed the travails of two dimwitted pals, was due to be recreated in a highly anticipated sequel by the Farrelly Brothers and feature Carrey and Jeff Daniels, the later of whom was also in the original.
Carrey reportedly dropped out of the sequel due to a lack of progress on the project along with a lack of enthusiasm from bosses.
Carrey's representative told "Entertainment Tonight" that the actor chose to depart from the film after he grew "increasingly frustrated" with the production process.
"I would have thought 'Dumb and Dumber To' [the sequel's title] was a no-brainer," Carrey said, according to MSN News.
Some observers have reprimanded Carrey for his choice to bow out, saying that he should have stuck with the film, regardless of his frustration, to help boost his career, which has been dimming in the past few years.
"After one of the most remarkable runs of any big-screen comedian, Carrey has been wandering the desert longer than Moses. Nothing seems to get him out of it," wrote Steve Zeitchik for the Miami Herald.
"[…] at least it would have gotten Carrey back to some welcome bread-and-butter - physical comedy, trailer-y moments and a brand name franchise," Zeitchik added.
Carrey has been an American household name for comedy since his career began in the early 1990s, first beginning as a television mainstay on sketch comedy show "In Living Color." He then went on to star in films such as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "Liar Liar," and "The Mask."