Trivia / Ace Ventura

  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • The voice of Ace Ventura and the manner in which he speaks, was added by Jim Carrey only after several read throughs of the script. The voice was something Carrey used in his stand up routine. The "All righty then" was the catch phrase of one of his stand up characters and after the lines from the script weren't feeling right, he added it to the script and read through it again using that voice for all the lines. It was such an improvement that it became the main Ace Ventura personality trait.
    • Carrey came up with "Alrighty then" and other lines specifically because he thought they might catch on. The hand gesture Ventura gave before leaving the police station was also something Carrey intended to become popular. It did not.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Despite being his Star-Making Role, Jim Carrey does not like Ace Ventura. Carrey was displeased with the sequel, causing him to swear off ever doing a sequel for any of his characters (although he has since done the Dumb and Dumber sequel Dumb and Dumber To). This had an arguably lasting impact on his career as well since this role is seen as the reason why he's yet to get nominated for an Oscar. Of course, Jim Carrey famously dislikes watching his own performances in anything.
    • Carrey allegedly dislikes the sequel, while many fans consider it to be funnier than the original. Of course, funnier doesn't always mean better; it certainly cashed in on dirty humour. According to Jeff Daniels, Carrey had explained to him the reasons why he didn't like the sequel much. He disliked the whole "Ace is afraid of bats" angle, as he found it to be a cheap Ass Pull, and even fought with the director about changing the script so that Ace was merely allergic to bats. Carrey was also very nervous about the film's depiction of the native characters, and that people might take offense to them. He's even surprised the film hasn't been outright banned! He wouldn't make another sequel to one of his films until Dumb and Dumber To, which unfortunately was far less well-received.
    • Jennifer Aniston told a story a few years ago about visiting Courteney Cox and bringing a copy of Ace Ventura to watch. Courteney refused to watch the film, suggesting she either doesn't like to watch her own work, like Jim Carrey, or that she just doesn't like the film much.
  • Fake American: Newmarket-born Jim Carrey plays the Floridian Ace Ventura.
  • The Other Darrin: Anne Cusack replaces Courteney Cox as Melissa in Ace Ventura Jr. She's apparently out of the sports business, now working with animals, married Ace and they have a son.
  • Referenced by...:
    • The One Piece character Franky (a.k.a. Cutty Flam) was based on Ace, at the admission of One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda.
    • Sister Sister had Tamara frequently use Ace's "Aaaaaaaaallll-righty then" Catch Phrase.
  • Star-Making Role: For Jim Carrey.
  • Throw It In: The short scene during the party where Ace pulls the cellist's arm as he walks by, making him produce a false tone, was improvised by Jim Carrey.
  • Tuckerization:
    • Melissa Robinson was named after original writer Jack Bernstein's daughter Melissa.
    • Ace Ventura's landlord is named Mr. Shickadance. When Jim Carrey was growing up in Toronto, he lived in an apartment building that was managed by Schikedanz Brothers.
    • Sgt. Aguado was named after producer Ken Aguado.
    • "Shady Acres Mental Hospital" is named for director Tom Shadyac.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There was supposed to be a scene after Ace crashed his car while chasing Dan Marino's kidnappers. The white pigeon landed on his car, he got it singing "I got the white pi-geon! I got the white pi-geon". Then, in a parody of The Birds, he is surrounded by birds that started tearing him apart. Then he wakes up with a big "whew." It was removed from the finished film since it was too dark, but ironically in the commentary Word of God says it was funny on paper.
    • The giant hook Ace used to knock out two of Einhorn's henchmen was supposed to knock their heads off.
    • The original concept is the Pet Detective character was a bumbling idiot, until Jim Carrey was cast and his character was rewritten.
    • Rick Moranis, Judd Nelson, and Alan Rickman were all considered for the role of Ace.
    • Lauren Holly, Carrie-Anne Moss, Téa Leoni were all considered for the role of Melissa.
    • Originally Ace wasn't written to be animal-related, but more of a generic Sherlock Holmes parody. Screenwriter Jack Bernstein came up with the pet detective idea after watching a David Letterman sketch about pet owners.
    • At one point, the producers considered making Ace female, being named "Alice" instead, and with Whoopi Goldberg as their preferred choice.
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