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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) Poster

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"Shady Acres Mental Hospital" is named for director Tom Shadyac.
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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.
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: Jim Carrey (2011), 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.
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".
Rick Moranis turned down the role of Ace Ventura.
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".
Jim Carrey had his own personal chef on the set of the film, who also was required to prepare meals for Carrey's pet iguana.
The ficticious shipping company in the opening scene is called "hds" when each individual letter is flipped clockwise 180 degrees, it reads "ups", the company clearly parodied in this scene.
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.
Jim Carrey uses the same voice and mannerisms for his In Living Color (1990) sketch character, Overly Confident Gay Man, as he did for Ace Ventura. In one of the sketches, he even uses the "Alrighty Then" phrase.
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 original concept is the Pet Detective character was a bumbling idiot, until Jim Carrey was cast and his character was rewritten.
Jennifer Aniston told a story about visiting Courteney Cox and bringing a copy of this film to watch. Courteney refused to watch it.
At the police station, Ace tells Einhorn, "I've come to confess. I was the second gunman on the grassy knoll." This was probably a joke about James Files, a convicted felon who in 1994 came forward as one of JFK's assassins. His claims have since been debunked.
The giant hook Ace used to knock out two of Einhorn's henchmen was originally supposed to knock their heads off, the filmmakers decided to quickly cut away so they'd survive instead.
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Originally Ace wasn't written to be animal-related, but more of a generic Sherlock Holmes parody. Screenwriter Jack Bernstein came up with the pet detective idea after watching a David Letterman sketch about pet owners.
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According to Courteney Cox, while filming her sex scene with Jim Carrey, all the animals in Ace's apartment had to be chained down. "But the squirrel would get loose and jump on the penguin. The penguin would bite the cockatoo and soon all hell would break loose and I'd find myself under the blanket with a macaw."
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Director Cameo Tom Shadyac: Detective at the police station.
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There was supposed to be a scene after Ace crashed his car while chasing Dan Marino's kidnappers. The white pigeon landed on his car, he got it singing "I got the white pi-geon! I got the white pi-geon". Then, in a parody of The Birds (1963), he is surrounded by birds that started tearing him apart. Then he wakes up with a big "whew." It was removed from the finished film since it was too dark.
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The ass-talking scene started in In Living Color (1990). Frustrated one day with Keenen Ivory Wayans' constant rejection of his pitched sketches, Jim Carrey stood up and read a sketch from his butt, in Wayans's direction. The two almost fought before Wayans walked out of the room. "Later, we sat down, talked, and everything was cool," Wayans said.
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The tabloid magazine in Ace's apartment is called the "National Intruder."
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.
Ace's car is a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
In a 2011 interview, Tom Shadyac admitted that when he first saw the film, he was worried that it might end his and Jim Carrey's careers.
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After Ace knocks out the henchman he briefly does his Fire Marshall Bill laugh.
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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.
At one point, the producers considered making Ace female, being named Alice instead, and with Whoopi Goldberg as their preferred choice.
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The "Hi, Captain Stubing, how are Gopher and Doc?" comment that Ace makes toward Ronald Camp's butler is a reference to The Love Boat (1977).
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Judd Nelson and Alan Rickman were considered for the lead role.
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Tom Shadyac's directorial debut.
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According to Tom Shadyac in the DVD commentary, Jim Carrey came up with "Alrighty then" and other lines specifically because he thought they might catch on. The hand gesture Ventura gave before leaving the police station was also something Carrey intended to become popular. It did not.
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Courteney Cox's character, Melissa Robinson, was named after original writer Jack Bernstein's daughter Melissa.
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John Capodice's character, Sgt. Aguado, named after producer Ken Aguado.
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Jim Carrey revealed on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) that he based Ace Ventura on a smart bird. "A cockatiel or a parakeet of some kind. The clothing I picked was all ... like a colourful bird, a tropical bird. The walk was bird-like. Everything was about a bird, when I spoke ... Everything was based on a bird, even the hairstyle."
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Ace's line "Man, I'm tired of being right!" is quite similar to a quote by Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in Jurassic Park (1993): "Boy, do I hate being right all the time!" Jim Carrey was once in the running for that part, and appeared with Goldblum in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).
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In the movie, the Dolphins play the Super Bowl at Joe Robbie Stadium, their home field. In reality (as of the 2015 NFL season), no NFL team has played a Super Bowl in its home stadium as NFL rules prohibit teams from playing a Super in their own stadium.
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The movie contains several Batman connections. Jim Carrey played Edward Nygma/The Riddler in Batman Forever (1995). Sean Young was originally cast for the Vicki Vale role in Batman (1989) that went to Kim Basinger and attempted to land the Selina Kyle/Catwoman role in Batman Returns (1992) that went to Michelle Pfeiffer. Bill Zuckert, who plays Ray Finkle's father in this movie, appeared in the next-to-last episode of the 'Batman' TV series starring 'Adam West'.
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Morgan Creek believed that the film would be "Fletch (1985) for the 90s".
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The screenplay is credited to Jack Bernstein, Tom Shadyac, and Jim Carrey, but writer Steve Oedekerk (who would later write and direct Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)) and Carrey would work on jokes for Pet Detective from midnight until 4 a.m. after working "15- or 16-hour" days on In Living Color (1990). Oedekerk described himself and Carrey as "two giddy idiots tossing jokes around."
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The actor playing Ray Finkle in the photo of the Dolphin's group shot is actually Sean Young in a wig and fake mustache.
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.
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.
Einhorn is German for Unicorn, a mythological animal with a phallic appearance.
The Super Bowl as shown at the end of the film is between the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Crying Game (1992) parody wasn't in the screenplay, as it was not released until production on Ace Ventura was already under way. Using the music and the idea for parodying it was a last-minute decision.
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The film was heavily criticised by the LBGT community for being homophobic and transphobic in its handling of a transgender villain and Ace's reaction to kissing her. Tom Shadyac defended this joke after some anti-defamation groups got on his case about it, saying that it was less about making fun of transpeople and more about how easily Ace will break from simply kissing another man despite all of his endeavors.
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