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The prosthetic make-up Jim Carrey wore took about 8 hours to apply. Carrey felt so horribly confined and uncomfortable in the latex skin he needed counseling from a Navy SEAL who taught him torture-resistance techniques.
The line "6:30 p.m. Dinner with me; I can't cancel that again." was improvised by Jim Carrey.
Jim Carrey said that when he first saw Ron Howard in full Grinch outfit, he was angered, mistaking the director for a stunt double who looked nothing like him.
The Whoville set was built mostly on the backlot of Universal Studios behind the still-standing Bates Motel. During a break in filming Jim Carrey surprised and scared tourists on the Universal Backlot Tour by running out of the hotel wearing a dress and brandishing a knife. Nobody recognized him, and the tour guide at Universal Studios will tell you the story when you pass by the hotel on the Backlot Tour.
One morning, director Ron Howard came in at 3:30 to put on the Grinch suit with full make-up and directed the entire day with the suit on.
No movie has featured so many characters in heavy makeup since The Wizard of Oz (1939).
The scene where The Grinch is directing his dog, Max, before stealing Christmas, is Jim Carrey doing a parody of director Ron Howard.
Some statistics:
  • Make-up appliances used during production: approximately 8,000

  • Props created for the film: over 300 - Number of ornaments: 8,200

  • Number of candy canes: 1,938

  • Crushed marble used for snow on Who suburbs exterior sets: 152,000 lbs

  • Outfits created by wardrobe: 443

  • Number of sound stages used: 11

  • Make-up artists used on busiest days: 45

  • Styrofoam used to build sets: 2 million linear feet (or 6 miles, if it was cut into standard board length)

Jim Carrey's Grinch suit is covered in yak hairs, which were dyed green and sewn one by one onto a spandex suit.
Jim Carrey, with no accompaniment or anything to alter his voice, sang a few verses of the signature song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch".
Jim Carrey's yellow contact lenses proved to be so uncomfortable that he was unable to wear them at times during filming. This required that some shots of his eyes be colored in post-production.
Everything in the film revolves around a swirl, the same as in the original drawings of the book. This includes the clouds. If you look closely at several scenes, several times the initials "C.H.", "J.C.," and "R.H." briefly form as the clouds move. This stands for actor Clint Howard (Whobris), actor Jim Carrey (The Grinch), and director Ron Howard.
Audrey Geisel came to the set of Man on the Moon (1999) to see if Jim Carrey was right to play the Grinch. He was so deep into the character of Andy Kaufman, however he had to essentially do an impression of himself doing an impression of The Grinch, and that was what got him the gig.
Jim Carrey spent 92 days in the Grinch make-up spending 2.5 hours in the morning getting in, and 1 hour in the evening to get out. According to the actor, he became a "zen master" while sitting in the make-up chair.
Jim Carrey accepted the role of The Grinch when he heard a tape of a kid's choir singing the song "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch".
Ron Howard's family shows up in several spots in the movie: his father is the elder Who that shouts "Put him in the Chair of Cheer!"; his daughter shows up as the red-head Who in the quick shot after the Grinch turns the lights in Whoville back on; his wife can be seen holding hands with the Elder Who when all the Whos gather around the tree.
Suss Cousins, an L.A. based sweater designer (whose first name is pronounced just like Dr. Seuss), along with two other knitters, produced 250 pieces of original knitwear for this movie (including 8 identical red-striped sweaters for Jim Carrey) in four months. That works out to 83.3 sweaters a person in just 120 days which is quite amazing as all were hand-knit.
Josh Ryan Evans (Young Grinch) was 18 when shooting the movie; he was born with achondroplasia which is a form of dwarfism. He died 2 years after the movie was released; at the age of 20.
The original Grinch was not green-like everything else in the book, he was black and white with some red and pink splotches.
Actors went to Who-School with a choreographer, learning how to move and be comfortable being a Who.
The photo of The Grinch in the Whoville newspaper has The Grinch in the same pose as an infamous alleged photo taken of the "Yeti" or "Sasquatch."
As of filming, this movie had the largest set at Universal.
Anthony Hopkins recorded all the narration for the movie in one day.
After The Grinch leaves Whoville for the second time, the camera pans up and a statue of an Elephant can be seen, in reference to "Horton Hears a Who."
Top-selling movie ticket of 2000 - 50 million sold.
The sound stage for the Whoville set measured around 30,000 square feet.
Author Dr. Seuss/Theodore Seuss Geisel and (after his death) his widow had been approached previously to authorize a live-action version of the story. After the success of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, Mrs. Geisel saw the potential of a live-action interpretation.
Many Cirque du Soleil performers were used for the more acrobatic tricks and stunts in the movie. They can be spotted in the beginning as some of the Whos in the parade.
During shooting, more than 1000 man hours were used to apply the extensive makeup on the actors.
There are 40,000 computer generated trees in the opening shot sequence.
Jeremy Howard shaved off his eyebrows for the duration of production to help cut makeup time in half.
Cinematographer Donald Peterman's final film before his death in 2011. He was unable to shoot any more, due to the injuries he sustained in an accident on the set of Mighty Joe Young (1998). He found it difficult working on this film due to the after-effects of his injuries, and by the end of shooting much of his work had been taken over by his son, second unit cinematographer Keith Peterman.
Approximately 600 visual effects were used in the film totaling 43 minutes of screen time.
In the final scene, Cindy Lou passes Max (the dog) a plate of "Green Eggs & Ham" in reference to Dr. Suess' other book.
Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were considered to play The Grinch.
The costume designer had a bit of fun in designing different Whos, among them will be a Chanelle-Who, and Prada-Who.
When the Grinch drove the little car when he was destroying Christmas, Jim Carrey said that it was really hard to drive it and It took him forever to get the feel of the car.
According to the set designers, Medieval, Moroccan, and Islamic influences were used as architectural references in the books.
For a while, Tim Burton was considering to direct, but could not due to a conflict with another movie.
Martha May Whovier, the rich and beautiful Who-lady, has the last name of "Whovier", which seems to be a play on the name "Bouvier". Jacqueline Bouvier was the symbol of beautiful and rich to many people, having married a Kennedy, become First Lady of the United States, and later married again to become Jackie Onassis.
The inscription on the coins in the store is "E Pluribus Whonum."
Max the dog is supposed to be a boy in the movie but actually Max the dog is a girl dog.
Final film of Josh Ryan Evans.
The Navy cap the Grinch wears when pretending to be a director with Max reads "WSS Whoville WVN-70."
The big monkey is actually the same type of toy in the movie Toy Story 3 (2010)
CASTLE THUNDER: Heard when the rocket-sleigh turns on for the first time.
The casting of Anthony Hopkins as the narrator mirrors the casting of the horror genre great Boris Karloff in the Original animated movie as Hopkins had a career revival in the Hannibal horror franchise.
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Taylor Momsen, who played Cindi Lou Who, became one of the leading rock singer/songwriters of the 2010s, fronting the band The Pretty Reckless.
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The Grinch's dog Max is also the same name from Jim Carrey's movie Liar Liar as his son. His son was named Max like Max the dog in this Movie.

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Ron Howard:  One of the startled Whos while the Grinch rants in the city square.

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