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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.
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 Farrelly's careers were safe to continue.
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.
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 the accent he used in this film was overly exaggerated for the role.
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.
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.
Matt Dillon and Cameron Diaz were dating in real life during filming. They'd been together three years but broke up almost immediately after the movie was released.
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.
When Ted goes out to pee after talking with the hitchhiker, he encounters many homosexuals. Almost all of them are crew members.
Chris Farley was considered for the part of Warren. He later died during the time this film was being made.
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.
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.
Many of the extras in the background are friends of the Farrelly Brothers.
Bill Murray was originally considered for Pat Healy, but the Farrellys thought he was too old for the part. Hank Azaria, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vince Vaughn were also considered.
The hotel where Ted stays in Miami, the Cardoza, is a real hotel, owned by Gloria Estefan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to Peter Farrelly, Cameron Diaz had a better swing than the golfer hired to stand in for her.
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.
The "can of whoop ass" line was improvised by Keith David, who ad-libbed most of his lines.
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.
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 were being used as meeting places for homosexuals to have anonymous sex. The troopers learned this after arresting a South Carolina state official "in the act" at one of the stops.
Jim Carrey was considered for the role of Ted.
Woogie's gross facial warts and the shoe fetish were the ideas of Chris Elliott.
This is Ben Stiller's favorite movie of his own.
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.
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.
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
The idea for the movie came from the writers seeing an aerobics instructor changing in her window. They wondered what would happen if someone sent a private eye to look for her.
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.
On set, Chris Elliott shared a trailer with the dog that plays Puffy.
Cameron Diaz visited her old high school to remind herself how to act like a teenage girl.
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.
Cameron Diaz was always the number one choice to play Mary. The filmmakers thought she was the perfect woman.
Matt Dillon's dad is a golf coach. According to the Farrellys, despite that, he was a pretty poor player.
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The premiere party was set up like an '80s prom.
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Drew Bledsoe and Steve Young were originally offered the role of Mary's NFL ex-boyfriend that eventually went to Brett Favre.
The Farrellys said that Harland Williams was "impossible to direct." According to Bobby Farrelly, "Whatever you write, he's going to do it his own way."
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While filming in Miami, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon had steaks at a local restaurant, then went outside and smoked marijuana on the sidewalk right in front of the restaurant.
Warren is based on the Farrellys' neighbor, Warren Tashjian. He has a cameo later in the movie.
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Owen Wilson and Jon Stewart were considered for the role of Ted Stroehmann before Ben Stiller. Coincidentally, all three are left handed and were born in the month of November.
Jon Stewart auditioned to play Ted.
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Matt Dillon was pretty new to comedy. He said, "It can be difficult because there's a lot of timing involved."
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The line about Ted mis-pronouncing Brett Favre's last name as "fav-ray" was widely reported to be an ad-lib by Ben Stiller. It wasn't; Stiller is a sports fan who knew the correct "far-v" way to say the name. The Farrellys felt it would be hilarious that Ted would get something that well-known completely wrong.
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In the Farrellys' Dumb and Dumber (1994), the main characters also fight over a woman named Mary.
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Mary's stepdad is based on the Farrellys' father, who would always pull pranks on their sister's dates.
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Bobby Farrelly called this movie "a cross between When Harry Met Sally... (1989) and Blazing Saddles (1974)."
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W. Earl Brown said that once he figured out Warren's walk, the character grew from there.
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The dedication at the end of the film is to Ryan Mone who was a young hockey player from Martha's Vineyard. He died in a car accident at the age of seventeen in 1998. The Farrelly brothers are friends of the Mone family and dedicated their film to Ryan as their tribute to his memory.
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Docky and his wife are played by the Farrellys' parents. Docky is their dad's nickname.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Puffy is played by a dog named Slammer, who is really a girl.
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In the scene where Pat Healy says to Mary, "I just wish they made movies like they used to make. You know, classics like the Karate Kid." Matt Dillon starred with Ralph Macchio, who played the protagonist of The Karate Kid (1984), in The Outsiders (1983).
The Farrellys compared this to the end of a mystery film, when the suspects gather to find out whodunit.
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The woman asking about class actions is Bobby Farrelly's wife Nancy.
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Ben Stiller hit his head for real on the chair leg in the scene which Puffy goes berserk and attacks Ted.
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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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The Neary Center is named after the Farrellys' mom, whose maiden name is Neary.
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This was one of two movies that Matt Dillon appeared in 1998 where the setting was in South Florida. The other movie was Wild Things where he starred with Denise Richards and Neve Campbell.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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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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There were at least six fake Puffy dolls used in the movie.
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Mary talks about how she is a fan of the S.F. 49ers and Steve Young. In 1986 when Mary was in high school, Steve Young played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being traded to the 49ers.
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Ben Stiller and Jeffrey Tambor previously appeared in the movie "Heavyweights" (1995).
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Mary says a couple times that she is a fan of the San Francisco 49ers. Retired 49ers quarterback Steve Young was originally asked to play the former boyfriend part that ended up being played by Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre, but Young declined due to the content of the film.
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