He's come a long way since "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd." Eric Christian Olsen has had recurring parts in "Brothers & Sisters" and "Community" -- and a starring role in the upcoming horror prequel "The Thing" -- in the eight years since he donned Jim Carrey's iconic "Dumb and Dumber" bowl cut.
And with that time to reflect, Olsen has decided the 2003 prequel is ... awful.
"Its just unwatchable," he tells NextMovie exclusively. "There's no story, it's just nonsense."
Olsen says he was wary when he heard about the casting call. "They're doing a prequel to that movie? That's the worst idea ever, that's one of my favorite movies of all time, how could you ever try to recreate that?"
"That's your initial reaction," Olsen explains. "And then you're like well, I'm going to audition. Then you're cast in it, and you're like: 'Oh my God, this is the best idea in this history of man.'"
He admits, "But I never got to that point. I always knew that there was this giant bullseye on my back because [Carrey gave] one of the best performances in the history of comedy."
And there was a bullseye. "Dumb and Dumberer" was universally panned by critics -- the movie got a painful 10 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and snagged three Razzies nominations: Worst Screenplay, Worst Screen Couple (Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson), and Worst Remake or Sequel.
But it wasn't for lack of trying -- Olsen says he's a huge fan of the original "Dumb and Dumber.
"What they did was a masterpiece. That movie is perfect for reasons that are so hard to recreate ... So I think we were f**ked from the start."
"You do everything you can, and you try to find moments, and I watched the original, like, 150 times, trying to get the nuances of Jim and what he brought to Lloyd," Olsen says. "The only thing that made me feel better ... was that, evidently when [Jim] finally ended up seeing the movie, like halfway into it, he forgot that it wasn't him."
As silver linings go, that's not bad.
Stay tuned for our full interview with "The Thing" star Eric Christian Olsen, who describes the experience of watching his friends and co-stars "die" onscreen -- and tells us a fascinating secret about his nipples. "The Thing" hits theaters Oct. 14.