Timid bank clerk, Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey). Unfortunately, he's too gentle, and is unable to handle confrontations. After one of the worst days, he finds a mask which depicts Loki, the Norse god of mischief. When he puts it on, he becomes his inner, self: a cartoon wild man. After Ipkiss's alter ego indirectly kills the friend of small time crime boss, Dorian Tyrel (Peter Greene),he wants the green-faced goon destroyed.Written by
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Jim Carrey was paid $450,000 for his work in the film, a huge bargain for New Line because the deal was signed before Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) became a surprise hit, and made The Mask a hot property for the summer 1994 release schedule; Carrey then inked a $7 million before this film opened to star in Dumb and Dumber (1994). See more »
(VHS): After the movie's over, Space Ghost from Cartoon Network makes an appearance explaining he liked the movie and interviews the director and Jim Carrey. After that, there's a Ghostplanet.org ad with spaceship beeping sounds See more »
A work print version of this film can be found online. It includes the following An alternative opening with the Vikings carrying a treasure trove with Loki being inside.
Stanley talking to a female co worker who explains that her friends fiance left her and Stanley gives her tickets.
Stanley giving Charlie 50 dollars to attend a nightclub.
Stanley being bullied by the thugs who later get punished by him as the mask.
Jim Carrey doing his own stunts without the mask on him.
Tina confronting her ex boyfriend during a singalong.
Tina getting a standing ovation after singing Gee Baby and thanks everyone.
Peggy getting murdered by Dorian (available on DVD) See more »
This was the movie that got me into Jim Carrey (though I'd seen him on "In Living Color" a couple of times), and it's still my favorite, though Ace Ventura #1 was also kind of funny.
The great thing about this film is that Jim is actually really restrained all throughout, only going into goof ball mode when he puts on the Mask. He's pretty likable and engaging here, not quite as prone to irritating some audience members like he did in "Batman Forever" and "Ace Ventura #2". Cameron Diaz... my God, she looked SO GOOD here, how have her looks faded so quickly since this film? She looks so... plastic now, kind of like a giant Barbie doll.
One of the big standout scenes in this one is Jim singing "Cuban Pete" to escape all the cops. Not that the other Mask gags are unfunny, but Cuban Pete really stands out. Too bad the cartoon Mask didn't have a little more restraint to it.
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