The year is 1995 and Tim Burton’s vision of Batman has twice pleased life-long fans of the Caped Crusader as well as bringing in some huge box office numbers. The third entry in the franchise is ready to hit and fans everywhere are a bit confused with the replacement of Michael Keaton as the man behind the bat but they are still on board with Batman Forever. After all, casting Jim Carrey as The Riddler was a master stroke and audiences are very curious as to just what sort of life Tommy Lee Jones can breathe into lawyer turned psycho madman, Two-Face and, holy sidekick, audiences are finally going to get a Batman movie with the Boy Wonder, Robin! The movie was released and, unfortunately, it was nothing like the previous two entries, and audiences didn’t love Joel Shumacher’s vision of the Dynamic Duo as much as Burton’s stories. One thing that many agreed on, however, was the fun relationship between Two-Face and The Riddler. They may have seemed like the perfect alliance on screen but if Jim Carrey is to be believed, there may have been a bit of behind-the-scenes animosity on the set between Two-Face and The Riddler during the production of Batman Forever.
According to recent remarks made by Carrey during an interview with the Howard Stern Show, Jones wasn’t his biggest fan during the filming of the superhero flick and told him point blank:
“I cannot sanction your buffoonery”
Oh, snap! It gets better. According to Carrey, things got even chillier when he ran into Jones at a restaurant during the filming. According to Carrey:
“I think what happened was, I was really looking forward to working with Tommy because he’s a fantastic actor and he still is to me. I mean he’s amazing, but he was a little crusty, he was a little crusty. I went up to say hi and the blood drained from his face, in such a way that I realized that I had become the face of his pain or something,” Carrey said. “He got up, kind of shaking, and hugged me and said ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you. He did not want to work with me at that point.”
Jones does have a point, I mean, Jim made a name for himself with this old chestnut:
Jones, on the other hand, is a more dramatic actor that had to wonder what the hell he was doing in a movie like Batman Forever in the first place. In the end, both of them are great actors that may not get along but at least their careers weren’t killed by the Bat (Sorry, Chris O’Donnell and Alicia Silverstone).
Were you a fan of Batman Forever? Do you think that this fight matters almost ten years later?