Woody Harrelson was close to landing a role in cult ’90s movie Dumb And Dumber after making a bet with director Peter Farrelly.
The 1994 comedy flick has become a comedy classic, with actors Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels taking on the lead roles of lovable goofballs Lloyd and Harry.
It’s spawned two follow-up films, including 2014’s Dumb and Dumber To, which saw Jim and Jeff reprise their lead roles. But things could have been very different if Zombieland actor Woody didn’t have luck on his side during a pool game over two decades ago.
“It was shot by one of my best buddies – my one-time roommate, in fact – Peter Farrelly, along with his brother Bobby. They’d had no success at that time, but really wanted me to do the movie,” he recalled to Britain’s ShortList magazine. “Pete’s a good pool player, so I challenged him to a game and said, ‘If I lose this game, I’ll do your movie – if I win, I’m not gonna do it.'”
Explaining that the game was close, the casting call rested on the final shot to determine whether Woody, 55, would be in the Farrelly brothers’ now-famous feature or not.
“The game came down to the eight ball – and I’ve never been so disappointed to sink an eight ball in my life,” he laughed. “Although, I dunno if I could’ve played that part as well as Jeff Daniels did anyway.”
Woody has certainly landed his fair share of impressive parts over the years though, starring in everything from the Farrelly’s comedy Kingpin to the action-packed The Hunger Games franchise. He has four new films still to come out in 2017, including War for the Planet of the Apes, and in 2018 he can be seen in the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film.