More About The Mask
Boring bank account officer Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) is tired of kowtowing to his know-nothing boss and being rejected by attractive women. But just before he decides to end it all, Stanley is transformed from a spineless accountant into a jiving zoot-suited hellion when he discovers the superhuman powers of an ancient wooden mask he finds floating in the river. With the mask, Stanley has the courage to do everything he's ever dreamed of. That includes wooing blond bombshell Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz), a torchy singer at the swanky nightclub Coco Bongo. Too bad Tina's caught up with mobster Dorian Tyrel, a brutal villain planning to rob Stanley's bank and take over the city! Now it's up to Stanley to rid the besieged metropolis of Tyrel.
Based on the Dark Horse comic book, THE MASK introduced Diaz to audiences and helped cement Carrey's fame after ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE. Its story of a human cartoon, courtesy of computer effects and Carrey's talent for impressions, was a perfect fit for the comedian's pliable facial features.
Main Cast & Crew
Charles Russell - Director
Model Cameron Diaz made her acting debut with "The Mask." This film marks the first time that the Academy award-winning team at Industrial Light and Magic has designed breakthrough special effects for a comedy. The mask was constructed out of latex so that Jim Carrey's natural expressions would come through. "The Mask" was shot entirely on location in Los Angeles. Additional production company: Dark Horse Entertainment. Copyright 1994 New Line Productions, Inc. Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification. The Special Edition CAV laserdisc (Cat. #3428-LI) contains audio commentary by director Charles Russell, 2 finished scenes that were cut from the movie before release, a trailer and a still-frame gallery of several hundred photos.
"...Carrey is a comic fireball in a tour de force display of physical antics..." - 08/25/1994 Rolling Stone, p.95-6-
"...Visually hellzapoppin....Jim Carrey is a rapturously idiosyncratic film persona....Bound to excite..." - 10/01/1994 Sight and Sound, p.48-9
"...With his sparkling, silly grin and his true talent for physical clowning, [Carrey] comes as close to being an animated creature as a live actor ever could..." - 07/29/1994 New York Times, p.C1
"...Goofiness can be its own reward." - 01/20/1995 Entertainment Weekly, pp.58-9
"...Carrey is revealed here as a comic actor of charm and talent....Carrey also has a bright and likable screen presence, a lost puppy quality that is surprisingly endearing..." - 07/28/1994 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...THE MASK is a perfect vehicle for the talents of Jim Carrey....Carrey demonstrates that he does have a genuine gift..." - 07/29/1994 Chicago Sun-Times, p.37
"...Definitely one of Carrey's best suited films, capturing his ability for improvisation and combining it with superb special effects..." - 10/01/1999 Total Film, p.106
"The 1994 live-action cartoon that made the names of Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz....Frenetic fun." - 09/01/2005 Uncut, p.148