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(1994)

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Chuck Russell revealed that a lot of money was saved on special effects after Jim Carrey was cast. Carrey's body movements were so flexible and cartoonish, they didn't see the need to enhance them digitally.
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The oversized teeth on the Mask character were originally to be used only during silent scenes. However, Jim Carrey learned to talk with them on to make his character that much more wacky.
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The part when Jim Carrey is being chased by the gangsters and pulls the wet condom out of his pocket and says, "Sorry wrong pocket," was improvised by Carrey.
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The banana-yellow suit that Jim Carrey wears is based on a suit which his mother made for him for his first attempt at stand-up comedy.
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The nightclub "Coco Bongo", where The Mask goes in this movie and The Majestic (2001), is also the name of Jim Carrey's nightclub in Cancun, Mexico.
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A lot of moments, particularly ones involving the dog, were ad-libbed on set. The scene where Milo won't let go of the Frisbee as Ipkiss tries to stash the money in his closet wasn't planned, and Jim Carrey ad-libbed Ipkiss' frustrated reaction to Milo not being able to run up the wall.
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Prior to Cameron Diaz landing the role of Tina Carlyle, the producers had originally suggested Anna Nicole Smith for the role. Ultimately the decision was reversed when they found Cameron Diaz while leaving a modeling agency.
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The interior shot of the garage where Ipkiss gets ripped off by the mechanics for his car is the same location as the firehouse from Ghostbusters (1984).
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The one thing that attracted Jim Carrey to the project more than anything else was that Stanley Ipkiss, much like him, is a huge fan of cartoons.
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Cameron Diaz's singing voice in the film was dubbed by Susan Boyd.
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Cameron Diaz had to audition 12 times for the part of Tina, only landing the role 7 days before shooting began.
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As befits Stanley's obsession with cartoons, The Mask acts like various cartoon characters, most notably the Tasmanian Devil (traveling as a tornado), Pepe Le Pew (romancing Tina in the park), Bugs Bunny ("dying" in the gangster's arms), and Tex Avery's Wolf (seeing Tina in the nightclub).
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This was Cameron Diaz's first acting role.
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Jim Carrey based his character on his fathers friend Mike "the mask" Petronio
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Based on a Dark Horse comic book series of the same name, which frequently comprised very dark horror stories on how the mask would murder people with cartoon antics. Chuck Russell has said that the movie script started off in that tone before being transformed as a vehicle for Jim Carrey's unique comedy.
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Years before Son of the Mask (2005), there were, at some point, plans for 'The Mask II', but that sequel was canceled after Jim Carrey' declined to reprise his role. There was even a contest from Nintendo Power magazine where first prize was a walk-on role in that movie. In their final issue, they issued an apology to the winner of the contest.
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An original script idea was for Stanley Ipkiss to meet the street gang that he later encounters as the Mask earlier in the film, getting mugged and having his watch stolen. This is why when his landlady asks him if he knows what time it is, he says, "Actually, no." The scene was likely shot since at least one trailer featured Stanley saying to the gang "I have no money" while listing other things he doesn't have. This scene is not in the final movie. As written, he would have offered them the mask, not knowing its power. Instead the gang just roughs him up and he goes home, which is why he's in shambles in the next scene. Jim Carrey would repeat this theme in Bruce Almighty (2003) when he confronts the gang in the alley.
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The line "You love me, you really love me!" after the Mask's "award acceptance speech" in the Coco Bongo is a parody of Sally Field's infamous 1985 Oscar acceptance speech, when she won Best Actress for Places in the Heart (1984). Her actual words were "You like me... right now, you like me!" but it is often misquoted as "...you really like me!" or "...you really love me!" (as in this example).
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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).
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The Mask asks "Where's a camcorder when you need it?" when police surround him. This is a veiled reference to the Rodney King beating, being one of the first, most notable incidents of police misconduct captured by private citizens on a camcorder.
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Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz did their own dancing in the "Hey! Pachuco!" scene. While Carrey did his own singing, Diaz didn't.
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When Ipkiss puts the mask on in his apartment, and becomes a whirlwind, lightning strikes in the background reveal a back lit image of his skeleton. The viewer will need to play the movie in slow motions as the scene is only 1/10th of a second long.
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This movie was based on a comic book which was very different from the typical superhero strips. The original comic book series was adult-oriented, and centered on the mask turning whoever wears it into a psychopath killer, known as Big Head, who slays his victims in gruesome fashion for futile reasons.
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The Mask's exclamation of "That's a spicy meatball!" after swallowing the bomb is quoting a famous commercial for alka-seltzer, in which an actor had to eat meatballs for over 60 takes because he couldn't deliver this line.
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New Line Cinema did not want Cameron Diaz for the film since she was a model with no acting experience, but director Chuck Russell was so insisted on having her that he threatened not to do the film if he couldn't cast her.
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After the Mask pays a visit to the auto body shop, the sign above the door now has pieces broken off that transforms it from saying "Ripley's Auto Finishing" to "Rip Off", showing the mechanics as crooks.
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Stanley's dog, Milo, doesn't exist in the original comic book series. He was created for the film.
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The producers hated the Cuban Pete musical number and wanted it gone. They insisted that it was too long, not funny and dragged, but test audiences loved it so much that they kept it in.
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It took 4 hours to apply the Mask.
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Matthew Broderick, Steve Martin, Rick Moranis and Martin Short were considered for the role of Stanley Ipkiss.
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According to director Chuck Russell, Jim Carrey would not go home until he did the Elvis impression.
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When Stanley wakes from his dream to find Milo licking his ear, a freshly opened jar of peanut butter with a knife sticking out of it is visible on his nightstand, revealing how the crew got the dog to perform.
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When the police are searching The Mask's pants, they had the pants cut off at the knees with prop guys handing items through the bottom.
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The role of Stanley Ipkiss was rewritten with Jim Carrey in mind. When director Chuck Russell gave the script to Carrey he said: "I feel like this was written for me".
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When Stanley opens the drawer to get the concert tickets, it can be seen that they are for Royal Crown Revue, the band that performs "Hey Pachuco" later in the film.
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Jim Carrey does an impersonation of Dirty Harry in the film. Carrey previously appeared in The Dead Pool (1988), the final film in the "Dirty Harry" series. Carrey would impersonate Dirty Harry again in Bruce Almighty (2003).
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All the bank scenes involving Stanley (without The Mask) were filmed in one shooting day and mostly in sequential order.
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The original script ended with Charlie Schumaker (Richard Jeni) wearing the mask.
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If you look closely, you will notice that the Mask wears clothing whose patterns match the pattern/color of Tina's clothes. For example, in their first scene together (the dance scene at the Coco Bongo), The Mask wears a yellow zoot suit while Tina wears a white and gold mini-dress (which symbolizes their attraction, for they both are wearing the same color of "yellow-gold/ or banana-yellow"). In the second scene (the Park Serenade scene) The Mask wears black and white French mime clothing (indicating his imitations of Pepe Le Pew) while Tina is wearing black pants, and a jacket with a black and white pattern on it ( the main colors of Penelope Pussycat, Pepe Le Pew's love interest). In their last scene (the scene where The Mask rescues Tina by swallowing Tyrell's bomb and flushes him down the Coco Bongo's ornamental fountain), the Mask wears a pinstriped Mafia suit, while Tina wears a vertical stripe-patterned dress.
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Chris Elliott was considered for the role of Steady Eddy.
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When the Mask is doing his French impressions to seduce Tina and the cops arrive to arrest him, he says ''Merde'' which, in French, means ''shit''
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It was Jim Carrey's idea to have The Mask blow a smoke heart and snort an arrow through it.
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Milo, Stanley Ipkiss's dog, is a Jack Russell Terrier.
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This was the first of over ten Jim Carrey movies to reach $100 million dollars domestically at the box office.
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The studio considered Anna Nicole Smith, Vanessa Williams and Kristy Swanson for Tina Carlyle.
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Stanley Ipkiss' (in "The Mask" form) exclamation, "It was not me, it was the one-armed man!" was a clear parody of the movie The Fugitive (1993), wherein Dr. Richard Kimble (played by Harrison Ford) was convicted of his wife's murder despite his pleas that the real murderer was, in fact, a one-armed man.
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During The Mask's "death speech" he says "tell Tiny Tim I won't be coming home this Christmas". Tiny Tim is a character in A Christmas Carol. Jim Carrey would later voice Ebeneezer Scrooge and the three ghosts in A Christmas Carol (2009).
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The studio considered Richard Gere for Lt. Mitch Kellaway.
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A Tasmanian Devil cushion can be seen on the sofa during Ipkiss' first transformation.
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According to his memoirs Gary Kemp turned down the role of Tyrell in order to film Büvös vadász (1994).
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As of 2017, this is the only comedy Chuck Russell has directed.
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Though Vanessa Williams was considered for the role of Tina, she recorded one of the film's songs, "You Would Be My Baby" which is the song playing towards the very end of the film.
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The film's signature song, "Hey, Pachuco" by Royal Crown Revue was played during the trailer for Very Bad Things (1998). The film also starred Cameron Diaz.
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Stanley says, "I know CPR!", when he first discovers the Mask when he thinks it's a man floating in the river. In Dumb and Dumber (1994), Lloyd (Jim Carrey) says the same thing to a guy choking.
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The interior of the garage where Stanley has his car for repairs is an unused fire station in Los Angeles. The same fire station was used in Ghostbusters (1984) while the exterior shots are of Hook & Ladder fire station in New York the interior was filmed inside the fire station in Los Angeles.
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Cast members Peter Riegert, Ben Stein, Tim Bagley, Eamonn Roche, Ivory Ocean, and Christopher Darga all appeared on the sitcom Seinfeld (1989).
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Jeri Ryan, Paige French, Melissa Anne Moore, Kelly Rutherford and India Allen were all considered to play Tina Carlyle before Cameron Diaz was cast.
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The loaner car from the mechanic is a Studebaker. Two different models are used: the car that Stanley picks it up is a Studebaker Commander State 4-door sedan (1951), in the bridge scene the car that falls apart is a Studebaker Land Cruiser (1950); the difference is noticeable in the bullet nose fitting and the grille.
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Vanessa Angel was considered for the role of Tina.
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Jim Carrey bears a strong resemblance to Dick York who also played a mild banker in The Twilight Zone: A Penny for Your Thoughts (1961).
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The dog who played Milo was named Max, which is also the name of the dog in [[t0170016]], which also starred Carrey.
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Cast members Peter Riegert and Peter Greene both have the same first names, but different last names.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The DVD/Blu-Ray contains two deleted scenes. One was an opening scene with the Vikings coming to bury the Mask on the shore. Another was in the warehouse after Peggy turns Stanley over to Dorian: she asks for a reward, but Dorian picks her up and throws her into the printing press, with a newspaper printing out that shows her smashed face and says she died that night. This last scene was deleted so that Peggy could be brought back for the hoped-for sequel. It was also deemed too dark by spectators during test screenings.
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The never-made sequel would have had Dorian returning to perpetrate new villainy, and the Mask being worn by a woman as happened in the source comics.
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In the original Dark Horse comic book series of the same name, the character of Stanley Ipkiss was much different, aside from very few similarities. As opposed to being portrayed as nice and lovable in this film, he was portrayed as very vengeful and murderous in the comics.
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In the film, Stanley Ipkiss as The Mask gets his revenge on the mechanics by destroying their business and shoving car parts in their rear ends. However, in the original comics, Stanley Ipkiss as The Mask, or better known as the Big Head Killer, actually kills them by shoving car parts into them and mutilating their bodies.
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Similar to Stanley Ipkiss's character portrayal between the comic books and film, Lt. Kellaway's personality is vastly different in the original comic books. While Kellaway is shown to be more abrasive and surly in the film, he was more respectable and compassionate in the comics.
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Though Stanley Ipkiss didn't have a girlfriend until the end of the film when he'd finally got with Tina, in the original comic book, he was shown to be in a relationship with a woman named Kathy. Kathy would go on to be one of the principal characters in the original The Mask comic books.
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