If theres one thing Conan OBrien loves, its the unexpected. That might be why, as the TBS comedian sat down for an interview with Jeff Daniels about his new Hulu drama The Looming Tower on Tuesday, an unannounced special guest appeared: Jim Carrey, Danielss erstwhile Dumb and Dumber co-star. As one might expect, it quickly became obvious that not one word would be uttered about The Looming Tower.
The gambit was precisely the kind of lighthearted silliness longtime Conan fans crave—and unlike many of these gimmicks, which can feel staged, Daniels seemed genuinely surprised. The two snapped back into their natural chemistry from the moment Carrey appeared—hugging, dancing together, and debating which seat each of them should take. As they finally settled in, Carrey told OBrien how grateful he was that no one had told Daniels he would be stopping by. “I wanted to come out here and say it in front of the world,” Carrey told Daniels. “Youre in town and you dont call me! Not an e-mail, nothing!”
All was soon forgiven, though, as the two discussed why they cant go anywhere together—you can probably imagine why—and how they developed a rapport so strong that Dustin Hoffman once called Carrey to tell him that theirs was the most genuine on-screen relationship hed seen in years.
Carrey has his own upcoming series, Showtimes Kidding—a comedy-drama about a Mister Rogers-like figure whose personal life begins to fall apart. In recent months hes also kept busy by giving bizarre red carpet interviews and sketching moguls and political figures in often unflattering portraits. Could a third Dumb and Dumber be the next item on his to-do list? Probably not—but Jeff Daniels has one thing to say about the first sequels haters: “Fuck them!”
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Westworld (Season 2)
HBO is once again hoping youll ignore the big Game of Thrones-shaped hole in its schedule and turn your attention back to the sci-fi mind game that is Westworld. The Emmy-nominated series, starring Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, is ready to confound you once again in its second season. Until its spring 2018 premiere, take a trip back in time and revisit nine burning questions we still have about the finale.Photo: By John P. Johnson/HBO.
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A Wrinkle in Time
The classic Madeleine LEngle tale is finally coming to the big screen on March 9, 2018, thanks to Disney and director Ava DuVernay. The sci-fi story about a girl tesseracting her way through time to find her missing father will star newcomer Storm Reid alongside stars like Oprah Winfrey,Mindy Kaling,Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine.Photo: By Atsushi Nishijima/Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
After some catastrophic ups and downs, Han Solos origin story will finally be revealed to us on May 25, 2018. The Star Wars spin-off stars Alden Ehrenreich as the galactic smuggler and also features Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke playing a mysterious character named Kira.Photo: From Lucasfilm Ltd./Everett Collection.PreviousNext
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