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Story Notes for Liar Liar

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Award Notes
Jim Carrey was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in Liar Liar.

Jim Carrey won the 1998 MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance for his role in Liar Liar.

Bio Notes
“The claw” is something Jim Carrey’s dad used to do to him when Carrey was a kid.

Anne Haney plays the President’s secretary in The American President (1995).

Carrey has one daughter, Jane, from his first marriage.

Cary Elwes says that people still come up to him all the time to do his version of “the claw.”

Director Tom Shadyac and Carrey saw Liar Liar as a transition in their careers toward more grounded comedies.

Jennifer Tilly isn’t new to scandalous roles. She played Violet in the sexual thriller Bound (1996).

Jim Carrey grew up very close with his own father. Carrey has said his acting is inspired by his dad.

Justin Cooper played Lucas Jones on General Hospital from 1996-1998.

Liar Liar was directed by Tom Shadyac. He also worked with Carrey on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Sadly, Jason Bernard (Judge Stevens) passed away on the last day of filming. Director Shadyac said he gave “a great performance” and they dedicated the movie to him.

After Liar Liar, Jim Carrey started taking on more serious roles in The Truman Show (1998), Man on the Moon (1999), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).

Casting Notes
Amanda Donohoe (Miranda) was also a lawyer on L.A. Law (1990-1992).

Anne Haney (Greta) played the social worker in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993).

Before Jim Carrey was cast as Fletcher, Hugh Grant considered the role.

Chip Mayer was Vance Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard from 1982 – 1983.

Don Keefer (homeless guy) was in The Caine Mutiny, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid and The Way We Were.

Jason Bernard (Judge Stevens) was Caleb in the original V movie and mini-series (1983-1984).

Justin Cooper (Max) was really eight years old when Liar Liar came out.

Michael Kostroff (Tom) played a corrupt lawyer on The Wire (2002-2008).

Randy Oglesby played seven different characters on various Star Trek shows.

Cary Elwes played Westley in The Princess Bride (1987) and Dr. Gordon in Saw (2004).

Cheri Oteri (Jane) was a Saturday Night Live cast member (1995-2000). This was her first movie role.

Jennifer Tilly was nominated for an Oscar for Bullets Over Broadway (1994).

Krista Allen, who also starred in Days of Our Lives, was on Maxim’s “Hot 100” list in 2005.

Maura Tierney, from ER, was starring on NewsRadio when she made Liar Liar.

Mitchell Ryan (Mr. Allan) is Greg’s dad on Dharma & Greg (1997-2002).

Swoosie Kurtz (Dana) is best known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and the TV show Sisters.

The filmmakers cast Maura Tierney because she was “so grounding for Jim [Carrey].”

Jim Carrey had already been a major star for three years when Liar Liar came out. He’d made Ace Ventura (1994), The Mask (1994), Dumb & Dumber (1994), and Batman Forever (1995).

Finance Notes
Liar Liar was one of the most popular movies of 1997, earning over $300 million worldwide.

Liar Liar was Jim Carrey’s second $20 million payday. He was the first comedic actor ever to get paid that much for a movie.

Music Note
John Debney composed the score for Liar Liar. He also did the music for Carrey’s Bruce Almighty (2003).

Pop-culture Notes
A 2011 online poll ranked Liar Liar among the top 50 comedies of all time.

Nothing But the Truth, a 1941 Bob Hope movie, is also about a man forced to tell the truth for 24 hours.

Reelz Channel included Liar Liar on their top 10 “Courtroom Movies” list.

The plot of Liar Liar is similar to a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone called “The Whole Truth.”

Some fans pointed out that Mrs. Cole isn’t sworn in here but director Tom Shadyac said they just cut it out to help speed the movie up.

Press Notes
A UK television reporter called this Jim Carrey’s “toughest role ever — a normal guy.”

Entertainment Weekly: “The truth is like a tornado that keeps erupting out of his mouth.”

The Washington Post called Liar Liar “a magnificent comic experience.”

Roger Ebert said Liar Liar might get “old really fast with a lesser actor but Carrey literally throws himself into the story.”

Cary Elwes’s performance reminded The Washington Times of Ron Howard on Happy Days. Ron Howard’s company, Imagine Entertainment, produced the movie.

Quote Notes
Director Tom Shadyac said “there is a bit of gooberness” that Cary Elwes added to Jerry.

Guay says the first thing he wrote was, “For one day, a guy who’s been a liar must tell the truth.”

Jennifer Tilly (Samantha Cole) said she tries not to lie, but she does lie about her weight.

Jim Carrey got so into his character that he said he “would go home with total exhaustion.”

Psychologist Robert Feldman: “It’s socially useful to tell lies.”

Shadyac said he and Carrey “wanted to do a film without flatulence” but couldn’t “grow up that fast.”

Director Shadyac said there’s “nothing scarier” than shooting scenes with phone conversations because it’s hard to make them seem exciting.

Jim Carrey: “As a comic, you’re the one who blurts the truth out.” Carrey started doing stand-up comedy when he was just 16.

Jim Carrey: “People think, looking at me, that I’m a weird guy and I do all these strange things. And I look at them like, ‘How do you survive without doing these strange things?'”

Jennifer Tilly described her character as a “Beverly Hills socialite. Her idea of weightlifting is to wear really heavy bracelets.”

Script Notes
Liar Liar wasn’t always about a lawyer. Fletcher was almost a politician or real estate agent.

Liar Liar was written by screenwriting partners Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur (The Little Rascals).

The filmmakers purposely chose not to explain why the wish came true.

Jim Carrey came up with the idea for the closing scene. He woke the director up in the middle of the night to tell him about it.

Liar Liar was turned down nine times before producer Brian Grazer (Apollo 13) bought it. He only heard two sentences about the movie before he bought the idea.

The filmmakers researched Fletcher’s closing argument to make sure it would stand up in court. Co-screenwriter Stephen Mazur is also a lawyer.

Set Note
To get into character, Cary Elwes bought inspirational self-help books from SkyMall.

Trivia Notes
60% of people admit to lying at least once during a 10-minute conversation.

A Gallup poll ranked lawyer among the least trusted professions, just above insurance salesman.

According to a poll, people tell an average of 200 lies a day.

According to a recent relationship book, one in 17 marriage proposals are turned down.

A study released in 1997 found that using a car phone quadruples the risk for an accident.

The filmmakers were influenced by Tom Hanks’s Big, another popular movie about a boy’s wish coming true.

“Slapstick comedy” comes from a device actors used to make loud sounds when hitting each other.

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