14 Things You Didn't Know About There's Something About Mary

Jul 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET
'There's Something About Mary' starring Cameron Diaz
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It's hard to believe it's been 20 years since Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz dazzled us with this R-rated romantic comedy that was both raunchy and heartfelt — a difficult line to toe. The infamous "hair gel" scene is to this day one of the funniest things ever put on film, though surprisingly, Diaz, Stiller and the studio were hesitant about shooting it. The image of Diaz with her hair sticking up has become iconic.

But if you were hoping for a sequel like Dumb and Dumber To, also from directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly, don't hold your breath. Diaz has retired from acting, so even if the Farrelly brothers wanted to make one (they don't), they'd have to find a new actor for one of the lead roles.

So, let's wax nostalgic about the movie that set the precedent for all the R-rated comedies that would come after Mary. This hilarious film was truly a game-changer.

1 /14: Casting Ben Stiller Wasn’t a Sure Thing

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1/14 :Casting Ben Stiller Wasn’t a Sure Thing

2 /14: Brett Favre Was 3rd Choice to Play Mary’s Ex

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2/14 :Brett Favre Was 3rd Choice to Play Mary’s Ex

3 /14: Diaz & Stiller Were Worried About the ‘Hair Gel’ Scene

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3/14 :Diaz & Stiller Were Worried About the ‘Hair Gel’ Scene

4 /14: It Took 6 Months for Fox to Green Light the Film

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4/14 :It Took 6 Months for Fox to Green Light the Film

5 /14: The Movie Studio Wanted a Sequel

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5/14 :The Movie Studio Wanted a Sequel

6 /14: Matt Dillon & Cameron Diaz Were an Item

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6/14 :Matt Dillon & Cameron Diaz Were an Item

7 /14: Peter Farrelly Checked in at Local Movie Theaters

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7/14 :Peter Farrelly Checked in at Local Movie Theaters

8 /14: The Character Warren Was Based on a Real Guy

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8/14 :The Character Warren Was Based on a Real Guy

9 /14: The Zipper Scene Is Based on a Real Experience

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9/14 :The Zipper Scene Is Based on a Real Experience

10 /14: Mooning

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10/14 :Mooning

11 /14: Diaz Is an Excellent Golfer

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11/14 :Diaz Is an Excellent Golfer

12 /14: Puffy the Dog

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12/14 :Puffy the Dog

13 /14: Shoe Fetish & Bad Skin

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13/14 :Shoe Fetish & Bad Skin

14 /14: Accidents Can Be Funny

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14/14 :Accidents Can Be Funny