“Dumb and Dumber” is a film that is unlikely to be remembered for its subtle jokes and powerful plot. However, at one time he collected $ 247 million at the box office, and the audience loved him so much that in several polls the film fell into the top 15 comedies ever made.

Although most of the movie is occupied by the adventures of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, the audience remembers one episodic character – trucker Sea Bass (Sea Bass, in Russian – Okun). He appears on the screen for literally five minutes in several scenes, but many people remember his image. But not everyone knows that Okun was played by Cam Neely, who is now the president of Boston, and as a player in the Bears he scored 344 goals in 525 games. How did this strange intersection of comedy and hockey happen?

The film was released in 1994, when Neely was at the height of his fame. He was drafted ninth overall by Vancouver but failed to live up to expectations, not surpassing 40 points in any of his seasons at the club. In 1986, the Canucks, with a first-round pick, traded the 21-year-old player to Boston for the more experienced Barry Pederson – and the Bears did not regret it for a minute.

Already in the first season in a new place, Neely doubled his result in points scored (72 against 34 in Vancouver). The Bruins, where Neely and Ray Burke were the ringleaders, played twice in the Stanley Cup Finals, but lost both times to Edmonton: once with Gretzky in the line-up, and the second time without him, although in the 1990 Finals Boston was considered the favourite.

Cam Neely

Cam Neely

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In addition to the ability to score, Neely was a great power forward, many journalists even consider that the best in history – the dimensions contributed (185/99). Alas, his body could not withstand the injuries – even in the early years, Cam could not play a full regular season, and a power one from Ulf Samuelsson and a rare knee injury almost crossed out his career. In the 1991/1992 and 1992/1093 seasons, he played only 22 matches in total – but scored 30 points for them!

The 1993/1994 season was a triumphant return: in 49 games of the season, Neely scored 50 goals – the rarest achievement for the NHL, albeit unofficial. The super sniper was greatly helped by playing with Adam Oates, one of the best controllers in the history of the league. When Neely recalled this season 20 years later, he said: “It was that magical period of a career that is difficult to explain. The puck always seemed to find its way into the net.” Boston again did not become a champion, but Neely received the Masterton Trophy.

Well, director Peter Farrelly, along with his brother Bobby, was a sports fan – and supported many teams from New England, which includes Boston. Neely was one of the biggest local stars of that period, and the brothers decided to decorate their debut film with a famous hockey player.

“When we created the role of Seabass, we said to ourselves: “This is a type of Cam Neely. We kept repeating this and thought: hmm, maybe Cam himself will play this role? We contacted him through a mutual friend. He’s a good actor, but he thought, “Oh my God, what will the guys from the NHL think of me?”. But he eventually told us: “If I refuse the role, I will look dumber than on the screen,” the directors said in an interview with Boston magazine.

The Farrelly Brothers

The Farrelly brothers

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The hero Nili, a trucker, has literally two episodes in the film. In the first of them, Harry (Daniels’ character) throws a salt shaker over his shoulder in a cafe, hitting Seabass and causing his logical frenzy – it intensifies even more when Lloyd (Jim Carrey’s character) rewrites his account for the entire Perch company. In the second, Seabass meets Lloyd in a toilet stall and prepares to deal with him – however, the sudden appearance of Harry interferes.

In a podcast by Ray Whitney and Paul Bissonnette, Neely himself recalled how difficult the second episode was for him. “One take with Jim Carrey didn’t work out for me – the directors needed me to open the bathroom door with a startled grimace, but they didn’t like the look on my face. One take, the second, the third, the fourth – all by.

I was furious because I thought I was just wasting the time of a guy who was getting like $10 million for this movie. I said to Jim: “Jim, be indulgent – I’m not doing very well.” He replied: “Oh Cam, relax, in some scenes I sometimes needed 50 takes. Just relax”. Another attempt – I open the toilet door, and he shines with his bare ass. The double has been filmed.

The film was successful. Neely also appeared in its second part, released in 2014, as well as in another film by the Farrelly brothers, Me, Myself and Irene. The composition of the actors-athletes there was even more stellar: Brendan Shanahan flashed in the extras, and Anna Kournikova, who was at the peak of her fame, received a cameo role.

Cam Neely at the launch ceremony

Cam Neely at the launch ceremony

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The hockey players themselves, although Neely was afraid of otherwise, highly appreciate his role, and after all, Cam has long been the president of Boston. Milan Lucic even wanted to play the role of the son of Sibass in a remake of the film, but it did not work out. Tori Krug, who played in Boston, said that Neely once portrayed his main role to cheer the guys who made the playoffs after a two-year absence from there.

As a player, Neely did not win the Stanley Cup, but as a president, yes, in 2011. True, now the legend of the club is being actively criticized by fans for not parting with General Manager Don Sweeney. Someone suggests that instead of leading Boston, it is better to star in another episode of the old film.

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