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About The Production

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY began principal photography on location in Providence, Rhode Island, a stone's throw from the town of Cumberland, where the Farrelly Brothers grew up. South Florida hosted the production for the bulk of its ten-week shooting schedule. Upon their arrival in Providence, the co-directors took their designated posts on the set " Peter on-set with the actors, and Bobby behind the video monitors. The cast found this dual experience both interesting and confusing.

"It's really interesting the way they worked together," Diaz observes. "There was no competitiveness. They worked totally harmoniously, with Peter as sort of the front man and Bobby behind-the-scenes." Adds Stiller, "They have the perfect relationship as brothers, co-writers and co-directors."

While the script's original draft was set in San Francisco and Boston, the Farrellys moved the story about fifty miles south to Providence. The reason? "So we could go home to film some of it there and put all our friends and family in as extras," the Farrellys insist.

The Rhode Islanders, who also shot some of their debut feature, Dumb and Dumber, in the state's capital city, returned to their old stomping grounds for the first week of filming in early December.

Although a distinct December chill embraced the film crew upon their arrival, the pair of pranksters received a warm homecoming welcome before moving from the Ocean State's frigid New England winter to the tropical tundra of Miami.

While in the Sunshine State, the company recreated some Rhode Island locations, particularly the high school where Ted's character reminisces about that fateful senior prom night in the film's opening flashback to 1985.

The flashback also features a memorable scene in which Ted zips up his "frank and beans," as the Farrellys call them, in the scene that tragically ends his first and only date with the lovely Mary.

Stiller's "zipper effect" is almost indescribable and painful in its appearance. Concocted by special makeup designer Scott Malchus, the device had bits of flesh (from a part of the anatomy usually safely tucked inside one's zipper), molded from latex, that was mangled in the zipper's teeth.

The incident, strangely enough, had its origins in real-life. "It really happened," Bobby declares, recalling a birthday party at his home when one of the guests, playing spin-the-bottle, underwent a similar, painful experience.

Which only goes to prove that in the world of the Farrelly Brothers, truth can be the father of some outrageous fiction.


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