Dumb and Dumber is one of those comedies that was such a success that it became part of the fabric of our cultural humor. And by culture we’re not talking about today’s modern, Twitter culture, where jokes get appropriated by hipster types, ran into the ground, and then forgotten all in a manner of days. Dumb and Dumber dug so deep into our culture that it hit the middlest parts of Middle America, and it remained a lingering presence for such a long time that you can still occasionally go into coffee shops and bars and hear people making references to the film using phrases like “Excuse me, Flo,” “Kick his ass, Sea Bass,” and “So, you’re telling me there’s a chance?” Dumb and Dumber came out in 1994. That’s a heck of a long time for people to be quoting a movie.
But, despite how deeply loved the film is, a proper sequel is something that has still yet to happen. Its directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, have been talking about making one for a whole lot of years, but it’s only been in recent months that a sequel that brings back the brother duo as well as both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels has been confirmed, and then been rushed toward a fall start date. Really, the involvement of the filmmakers and the stars is the only thing we’ve known about Dumb and Dumber To up until this point though—which has felt strange.
Fortunately, that situation has now changed, as a tweet from the brothers [via Digital Spy] has confirmed that a very important character from the first film is all set to make an appearance in the sequel as well, and now the whole production just feels a lot more official.
According to the brothers’ Twitter account:
It’s official! Billy in 4C (I just thought he was really quiet) is returning in #DumbTo! Played again by the highly underrated Brady Bluhm.
— Farrelly Brothers (@farrellybros) August 31, 2013
Obviously, most of you instantly know exactly who this tweet is referring to, but for those of you who may have been trapped in a cave for all of the 90s, Billy in 4C was the poor blind boy who lived next door to Daniels and Carrey’s Harry and Lloyd in the first Dumb and Dumber—the poor blind boy who is maybe the worst maker of black market pet deals in the history of the world.
If the Farrellys are going as far as to get Brady Bluhm to come back and reprise this role, then it only stands to reason that they must have another pretty great idea concerning how to exploit the character’s tragic blindness up their sleeves. This has to be seen as good news for fans of horrifying humor that targets the handicapped.
The only question here is, will the no doubt horrendous nature of Harry, Lloyd, and Billy’s relationship still have the same sting now that he’s no longer a cute little kid? Probably it’s going to come down to a question of just what kind of chops Bluhm really has as an actor, and how much vulnerability he’s naturally able to project. Here’s to hoping everyone involved comes up with something that’s absolutely heart breaking. Pretty bird.