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There’s Something About Mary was a gross-out comedy sensation in 1998, becoming one of the highest-grossing R-rated comedies of all time. The Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz laugh riot, helped greatly by a virtuoso turn from Matt Dillon, molded the landscape of comedy into something raunchy and jaw-dropping at times.
Here are 11 things about the movie you may not have known…
1. When Ben Stiller is being put into the ambulance at the beginning of the movie, the medics dropping the stretcher wasn’t in the script. They cut after it happened to make sure he was okay, and he was, so the Farrelly brothers left it in because it was hilarious.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. In the scene where Ben Stiller is released from prison after being wrongfully accused of murder, Cameron Diaz’s dad is the inmate in the front with a beard and long hair jeering at Ben. He was on set that day so the Farrelly’s put him in the scene.
5. When Ted goes to the restroom at the rest stop and is discovered with dozens of homosexuals, these are all crew members.
6. 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.
7. There is an entire subplot 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-acquainted with Healey he returns to drugs and is eventually eaten by his own pet python. This sub-plot is reinserted into the Extended Cut.
8. 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. Drew Bledsoe was also considered to play Mary’s ex-boyfriend before Brett Favre came on board.
9. 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.
10. Cameron Diaz admitted to being in the body bag carried by Harland Williams.
11. The dialogue between Mary and Ted about how there aren’t enough meats on sticks was originally written for an episode of Seinfeld that never aired. The Farrelly Brothers liked it and bought it for use in the movie.