For many reasons, Batman Forever was a highly problematic movie. As in, it sucked. Apparently, a big part of that was Jim Carrey’s Dumb and Dumber smacking around Tommy Lee Jones’ Cobb at the box office.
Carrey explained to Howard Stern that they had one of the most painfully awkward first meetings of all-time:
“I was really looking forward to working with Tommy, because he’s a fantastic actor, and he still is to me. I love him, I mean he’s amazing, but he was a little crusty. He was a little crusty. Sometimes that Rhodes Scholarship is more of a weapon than an asset.
I think he was just a little freaked out because Dumb and Dumber came out on the same weekend as Cobb, and Cobb was his big swing for the fences and that didn’t work out and that freaked him out a bit.
I walked into a restaurant the night before our big scene in The Riddler’s lair. [The maître d informed Carrey that Tommy Lee Jones was also in the restaurant.]
I went up to say hi [to Jones] 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. He got up, kind of shaking and hugged me and said ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I was like ‘Wow, okay. Well, what’s going on man?’ And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.’ [...] I said, ‘I think this part requires that the tone of this thing is kind of childlike evil and stuff, and I think you might have trouble there, so I wish you the best.'”
Um, “I cannot sanction your buffoonery” might be the greatest thing one human being has said to another. Totally stealing that one for now and always.