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They say you learn something new everyday. The Farelly brothers, who have directed such comedic gems as Dumb and Dumber, Me, Myself, & Irene, and Shallow Hall, were guests on ESPN’s First Take on Tuesday ahead of this week’s release of Hall Pass (which also looks funny). They revealed that the unforgettable part played by Brett Favre in what is perhaps their best film, There’s Something About Mary, was originally cast for Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe.
The Farellys, who are Boston sports fans, typically offer parts in their movies for sports stars, and wanted to give the nod to the Pats QB at the time. But, Bledsoe was looking for good PR after his infamous mosh pit incident during an Everclear concert back in 1997 (in which a woman was seriously injured) and declined the role.
Instead, Brett “Fav-ruh” got to say the following iconic line and the opportunity to get close with a young Cameron Diaz:
“I’m in town to play the Dolphins, you dumbass.”
The Farrelly brothers also reportedly offered the role to Steve Young, who turned it down.