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26 Smokin’ Facts about The Mask

The Mask is just about everyone’s favorite early 90’s superhero fantasy comedy film. Starring Jim Carrey and introducing Cameron Diaz in her debut role, The Mask is a story about a less than lucky blank clerk who stumbles upon a bewitched mask which gives him larger than life superpowers…and chaos ensues. Here’s a list of 26 facts you probably didn’t know about everyone’s favorite 90’s movie.

1. The Mask, released on July 29, 1994 was a commercial success, earning over $351.6 million with a $23 million budget. The movie solidified Carrey’s reputation as a hugely popular actor in the 1990’s. The movie was also Cameron Diaz’s breakthrough film role. Starring as the leading lady, Diaz was launched into worldwide success and would soon become the it girl of the 90’s. Directed by Charles (Chuck) Russell, this movie was an international success and even landed Carrey a Golden Globe nomination. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but ultimately lost to Forrest Gump. Our first interesting fact about the movie on this smokin’ list of The Mask facts concerns Carrey’s pay for his role. Considering the blockbuster success the film had, most would expect Carrey to have received a whopping pay cheque. Believe it or not, Carrey was only paid $450,000 for his role in the movie. That seems like a lot — especially for us regular folk — but in Hollywood terms (and considering the huge success of the film) it’s really not that much. It turns out the Carrey signed the contract for the movie before 1994’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective became a massive success. Later that year, Carrey signed a $7 million contract for Dumb & Dumber.

2. At the beginning of the movie, Carrey’s character Stanley Ipkiss is denied entry into a famous nightclub called Coco Bongo nightclub. After being denied entry to the nightclub, he finds the wooden mask which sets the scene for the movie. He is eventually let into the club as the Mask, where he performs an iconic dance with Diaz’s character Tina Carlyle and even kisses her. What you probably don’t know is that Coco Bongo is actually a club in Mexico, and it’s owned by Jim Carrey himself!

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