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Hilarious Bruce Almighty Scene Was Left Out Of Film Because It Was 'Too Mean'

Claire Reid

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Hilarious Bruce Almighty Scene Was Left Out Of Film Because It Was 'Too Mean'

A 'terrifying' scene was cut out of Bruce Almighty because filmmakers reckoned it made Jim Carrey's character look 'too mean'.

The 2003 flick saw Carrey's character Bruce Nolan, a TV reporter, gifted God's powers after complaining about his life to the big man upstairs.

In one scene, Bruce takes control of fellow TV news reporter Evan Baxter - played by Steve Carell - to humiliate him during a live broadcast.

Bruce takes control of Evan's voice, making him babble incoherently before taking control of the teleprompter to completely ruin the report.


However, that particular scene was initially a lot worse, with poor Evan having an even tougher time than the one we saw in the final version.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Carell revealed: "That was basically the first time I was ever in a movie. The part they cut is when Jim Carrey makes my nose start to bleed profusely.

"They thought, 'too mean of him to do as a character' and then my head bursts into flames."


But the scene was still shot, and as it was filmed back before CGI was as commonly used, the star was made to suffer for his art.

He explained: "It wasn't even a digital effect. It was a real, live practical effect.

"They ran a gas line down my back and they put a coil on top of my head.

"They put gel on my head so it wouldn't burn and they ignited this enormous four-foot flame.


"I'm sure it's in some DVD extra somewhere."

Credit: Universal Pictures
Credit: Universal Pictures

The clip has since appeared online and, fair play to him, it is pretty much as bad as he said.

But Carell said he was happy to go along with it as it was his first movie role, despite it being 'terrifying'.


"That was the most terrifying thing ever," he said.

"You could hear them venting the gas line before it happened. And then I knew it was going to go full-blown torch.

"I can see the crew in front of me, they all lit up because the flame was so bright. Terrifying.

"It was my first movie. What was I gonna say, 'I'm not gonna do it'? 'Of course! Sure! Light me on fire! Sounds terrific!'"

Featured Image Credit: Universal Pictures

Topics: TV and Film, jim carrey

Claire Reid
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