In the 1990s he was the king of comedic cinema, in 2000 he became the hero of all Christmas haters: Jim Carrey was lucky enough to take on the role on “The Grinch”. The children’s book by the legendary author Dr. Seuss was so enthusiastic about Carrey that he was heavily involved in the production of the film himself – and was able to celebrate a great success in the end. The director was none other than Oscar winner Ron Howard, who staged great classics such as “Apollo 13” or “The Da Vinci Code – Da Vinci Code”.
But there are quite a few in and around the film exciting stories that everyone who watches “The Grinch” every Christmas will be happy about it. We have five particularly interesting facts and anecdotes collected for you.
The “Grinch” makeup took over 1000 hours
It took some work to transform Jim Carrey into the green-haired fur monster. In total, over 1000 hours were spent designing the make-up and costumes for the Grinch and Whos in Whoville and dress the actors. The first time it took Jim Carrey eight and a half hours to put on his costume. Towards the end of the shooting, the process ran more smoothly, but he still spent a little over three hours in the mask. As a reward, the film won its only Oscar in the Best Make-Up category.
Jim Carrey was only the third choice for the Grinch
Before Ron Howard directed the film, there was a time Tim Burton for the post under discussion. And while the filmmaker behind “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” or “Edward Scissorhands”, who is known for his exuberant imagination, appears to be the logical choice for a Grinch film adaptation, one can wonder about the original occupation plans wonder. Before Carrey got involved with the project, Eddie Murphy and later even Jack Nicholson were considered for the part.
Horton from “Horton Hears a Who” can be seen in the film
In addition to “The Grinch” is the animated film “Horton hears a who! “Probably the best-known film based on a children’s book by Dr. Seuss. But although” Horton hears a who! “Was only released seven years after” The Grinch “, in 2007, the eponymous elephant has a guest appearance in Ron Howard’s fantasy hit. The statues in Whoville are all based on figures from Dr. Seuss books – the large elephant statue is inevitably an allusion to Horton. A real Easter egg for book readers!
69kg of marble had to be destroyed for the recordings
The Whoville set was laboriously created: fake houses and a few trees were not enough. After all, everything should be covered with snow several meters high. However, snow is unfavorable for filming: after all, it can melt. The solution? 69 kilograms of shattered marble were brought into fill the backdrop. An insane effort, of which the viewer in the film cannot guess anything.
Jim Carrey disappeared from the set without a trace for days
The shooting of “The Grinch” was anything but rosy. But the climax of the problems was the behavior of lead actor Jim Carrey. It sometimes disappeared from the set for several days without leaving a trace. Then at some point he reappeared – and gave no explanation of where he had been. Carrey said she was going through some serious psychologically stressful phases at the time of filming. These sudden failures were enormous stress factors for the entire team, which is why Ron Howard, among others, is still not remembered with fondness about the film.