Batman Forever: Lee Jones Couldn’t ‘Sanction’ Carrey’s ‘Buffoonery’

On October 28th, Jim Carrey went on the Howard Stern Show to discuss some aspects of both his life and career, and to promote his upcoming sequel, Dumb and Dumber To.  Regarding tension between him and Tommy Lee Jones while working on Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever, Jim Carrey addressed some old rumors that may have permeated their portrayals of the Riddler and Two-Face.

Here’s what Carrey said about the tension between him and Jones (begins at 55:00 mark):

“I was really looking forward to working with Tommy, because he’s a fantastic actor, and he still is to me.  I love him, I mean he’s amazing, but he was a little crusty.  He was a little crusty.  Sometimes that Rhodes Scholarship is more of a weapon than an asset.

I think he was just a little freaked out because Dumb and Dumber came out on the same weekend as Cobb, and Cobb was his big swing for the fences and that didn’t work out and that freaked him out a bit.

I walked into a restaurant the night before our big scene in The Riddler’s lair.

I went up to say hi, and the blood drained from his face in such a way that I realized that I had become the face of his pain or something.  He got up, kind of shaking and hugged me, and said ‘I hate you.  I really don’t like you.’

And I was like ‘Wow, okay. Well, what’s going on man?’

And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.’

I said, ‘I think this part requires that the tone of this thing is kind of childlike evil and stuff, and I think you might have trouble there, so I wish you the best.’

To go to work the next day was pretty tough…”



Despite their differences at the time, Jim and Tom would probably agree to let bygones be bygones.  Regardless, Jones’ statement on buffoonery is highly quotable.

Do you sanction Jim Carrey’s buffoonery?  Not speaking for the rest of DKN, I certainly would.

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