15 Surprising Facts About Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Can you believe its been twenty years since Ace Ventura: Pet Detective hit theaters? It was Jim Carrey’s breakout hit movie, released while he was still working on the TV show In Living Color. (It wasn’t his first movie, though. He was awful cute in Earth Girls Are Easy.) Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was the beginning of a string of films that made Carrey a household name. I bet there’s a lot of trivia you don’t know about the movie.

1. Jim Carrey wasn’t the first choice for Ace Ventura. As difficult as it is to imagine another actor in the Ace Ventura role, Carrey wasn’t the studio’s first choice. Actor Rick Moranis was approached about the part, but chose to turn it down and do the live-action version of The Flintstones instead.

7. Tone Loc was the biggest actor in the movie. As strange as it seems now, Tone Loc was the biggest name in the cast upon filming the movie. Carrey was still just a Living Color cast member at the time and Friends hadn’t premiered yet. Shadyac wanted a name with some credibility to pair with Carrey and Tone Loc sorta, kinda had that in 1993. Plus, he fit the budget.

What does Friends have to do with it? Oh, Courteney Cox was in the movie. That was back when she was “that girl from the Bruce Springsteen video” or "Alex Keaton's girlfriend." Read the rest of the 15 Surprising Facts at Uproxx.

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