Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) Poster


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The short scene during the party where Ace pulls the cellist's arm as he walks by, making him produce a false tone, was improvised by Jim Carrey.
Jim Carrey insisted on having his favorite band, Cannibal Corpse, perform in the movie. The song "Hammer Smashed Face" is taken from their third album "Tomb of the Mutilated".
Ace Ventura compares Ray Finkle's room to Hannibal Lecter's prison cell from The Silence of the Lambs (1991). 17 years later, in "Inside the Actors Studio" (1994) {Jim Carrey (#17.3)}, Jim Carrey recounted that he asked Anthony Hopkins to dinner and discovered that his approach to Ace Ventura was the same as Hopkins' to Hannibal Lecter: they moved like animals. Carrey based Ventura's movement on birds and Hopkins based Lecter's movements on reptiles. Carrey confessed that Hopkins was becoming Hannibal Lecter right at the table.
The voice of Ace Ventura and the manner in which he speaks, was added by Jim Carrey only after several read throughs of the script. The voice was something Carrey used in his stand up routine. The "All righty then" was the catch phrase of one of his stand up characters and after the lines from the script weren't feeling right, he added it to the script and read through it again using that voice for all the lines. It was such an improvement that it became the main Ace Ventura personality trait.
Rick Moranis turned down the role of Ace Ventura.
The real final score of Super Bowl XIX (1985) was San Francisco 38, Miami 16. The game footage of 'Ray Finkle' used in the film is actually a 1984 clip of Dolphins kicker Uwe von Schamann.
Woodstock's nickname for Ace Ventura is "St. Francis". This is in reference to St. Francis of Assisi, the Catholic patron saint of animals.
The entire scene where Ace Ventura claims to be expert dolphin trainer Heinz Getwellvet was originally cut out of the theatrical release. It was added back in when the movie was released on videotape in June 1994, and was advertised as "additional footage not seen in theaters".
"Shady Acres Mental Hospital" is named for director Tom Shadyac.
Ace's car is a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
The tabloid magazine in Ace's apartment is called the "National Intruder."
Jim Carrey uses the same voice and mannerisms for his "In Living Color" sketch character, Overly Confident Gay Man, as he did for Ace Ventura. In one of the sketches, he even uses the "Alrighty Then" phrase.
Jim Carrey has starred in five films that have had sequels or prequels: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Mask (1994), Dumb & Dumber (1994), Batman Forever (1995) and Bruce Almighty (2003).
Ace Ventura's landlord is named Mr. Shickadance. When Jim Carrey was growing up in Toronto, he lived in an apartment building that was managed by Schikedanz Brothers.
Carrie-Anne Moss and Téa Leoni were considered for the role of Melissa Robinson.
A note found in Lt. Einhorn's desk is dated January 17, which is also Jim Carrey's birthday.
Lauren Holly turned down the role played here by Courteney Cox but co-starred with Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber (1994) later in the year.
Courteney Cox's character, Melissa Robinson, was named after original writer Jack Bernstein's daughter Melissa.
John Capodice's character, Sgt. Aguado, named after producer Ken Aguado.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Ace is first informing Lt. Einhorn about his Ray Finkle theory, on the desk there are two apples and a banana positioned in a suggestive manner. This foreshadows the fact that Lt. Einhorn is actually the male Finkle.
The actor playing Ray Finkle in the photo of the Dolphin's group shot is actually Sean Young in a wig and fake mustache.
Jim Carrey came up with the idea of ripping off Sean Young's clothes to reveal her in her bra and underwear in the end.
The Super Bowl as shown at the end of the film is between the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles.
Einhorn is German for Unicorn, a mythological animal with a "phallic" appearance.

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