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The character "Patrick Healy" is also the name of an associate producer involved with this film. It is also the name of the National District Attorneys' Association spokesman in the book, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.
Dropping Ted on the stretcher wasn't scripted. When it happened, they cut to make sure Ben Stiller was okay and then thought it was so funny they left it in.
Lee Evans' British accent in the movie was characterized by a film critic as quite possibly the worst fake British accent in a movie he had ever heard. Lee Evans' is in fact British, however his normal accent is the Bristol accent of British as opposed to the snobbish posh version he used in the movie. While this means his accent is in all actuality not fake, it was exaggerated for the role.
After the financial losses suffered from Kingpin (1996), the Farrely brothers thought their next film would probably be their last. So they decided to go all out and deliver the most hysterically black comedy they could dream up. When There's Something About Mary (1998) became a box-office smash hit, the Farrely's careers were safe to continue.
Chris Farley was considered for the part of Warren. He later died during the time this film was being made.
Matt Dillon and Cameron Diaz were dating in real life during filming.
The zipper scene is based on an actual incident when the Farrelly brothers' parents had to help a young man who caught himself in his zipper at one of their sisters' parties.
The dialogue between Mary and Ted about how there aren't enough meats on sticks was originally written for an episode of Seinfeld (1989) that never aired. The Farrelly Brothers liked it and bought it for use in the movie.
The studio was initially reluctant to allow Ben Stiller - the Farrelly Brothers' first choice - to star, so the brothers decided upon a then unknown Owen Wilson instead. When the studio was even more reluctant to let Wilson star, they agreed to allow the Farrellys to cast Stiller.
When Ted goes out to pee after talking with the hitchhiker, he encounters many homosexuals. Almost all of them are crew members.
On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), Cameron Diaz admitted being the body inside the bag carried by the hitchhiker, played by Harland Williams.
The waterfront house in which Mary lives in Miami was destroyed in 2008 by a construction accident that killed two people and injured five others. A crane collapsed at a nearby 40-story condominium under construction going through the roof of the house. The developer had originally designed to incorporate the house to be part of the property of the condominium development. As a result of the accident and the 2008 housing recession, the condominium never opened.
Cameron Diaz's father was on set during filming, so the Farrellys decided to throw him in the movie. In the scene where Ben Stiller is released from prison after being wrongfully accused of murder, Cameron's dad is the inmate in the front with a beard and long hair jeering at Ben.
Ted brings Warren a baseball autographed by Tony Conigliaro. Conigliaro played for the Boston Red Sox in the 60s and was seriously injured when he was hit in the face by a pitched fastball, echoing Warren's accident in the previous montage.
Healy is correct when he identifies the building model as Art Deco.
The high school scene in the beginning was shot at Plantation's City Hall in Florida. Upon seeing a rough cut of the film, and displeased with the raunchiness, city council members requested that Plantation not be acknowledged in the credits.
Many of the extras in the background are friends of the Farrelly Brothers.
Bill Murray, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vince Vaughn were all considered for the role of Pat Healy.
Cameron Diaz and Lin Shaye were mooned by one of the Farrelly brothers during the filming of the scene in which the two actresses were looking downwards out of the window Puffy had jumped out of.
The hotel where Ted stays in Miami, the Cardozo, is a real hotel, owned by Gloria Estefan.
Jim Carrey was considered for the role of Ted.
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
The scene with the homosexuals is staged in a South Carolina Rest Stop (with South Carolina trooper decals and uniforms). This is based on a real case where Troopers discovered that the stops where being used as meeting places for homosexuals to meet and have anonymous sex. The troopers learned this after arresting a South Carolina state official "in the act" at one of the stops.
One detective in the scene at the police station with Ben Stiller says, "I'm Detective Stabler, this is Detective Krevoy." These names are a reference to the film's producers, Steven Stabler and Brad Krevoy.
Football star Steve Young was originally supposed to play the part of Mary's secret love. However, as a practicing Mormon, he declined, due to the nature of the movie.
Although the identity of Brett Favre as Mary's previous boyfriend "Brett" is kept secret throughout the film, a clue to his identity is provided by Mary's friend who refers to him as "Pacman". At the time, Favre played for the Green Bay Packers.
The opening scenes of the film are set in Cumberland, Rhode Island. This is an actual town in Rhode Island where the Farrelly Brothers grew up.
There is an entire sub-plot cut from the original release involving Healey's friend, Sulley, where he is a Policeman and recovering drug addict/alcoholic. He has been clean for 19 months, however, after being re-aquainted with Healey he returns to drugs and is eventually eaten by his own pet python. This sub-plot is reinserted into the Extended Cut.
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Brett Favre's scene was filmed just 2 weeks after playing in Super Bowl 32. The 49ers were the team the packers beat in the NFC championship game. Mary said she was a fan of the 49ers in the film.
Drew Bledsoe and Steve Young were originally offered the role of Mary's NFL ex-boyfriend that eventually went to Brett Favre.
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In the scene where Pat Healy (Matt Dillion) says to Mary, "I just wish they made movies like they used to make. You know, classics like the Karate Kid." Matt Dillion starred with Ralph Macchio who played the protagonist of The Karate Kid in the 1984 film 'The Outsiders.'
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Owen Wilson and Jon Stewart were considered for the role of Ted Stroehmann.
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The reporter in the closing credits speaking to chest-holding Ted is from Providence's WJAR NBC-10.
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Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins, performed together in Kingpin (1996) which was also directed by The Farrelly Brothers.
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