For, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: In 1994 and ’95, Jim Carrey had five hit movies in a row — “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “The Mask,” “Dumb and Dumber, “Batman Forever” and “Ace Ventura: Nature Calls.” And as a result, he became Hollywood’s highest-paid movie star of the mid-1990s. Then came his first post-stardom flop, “The Cable Guy,” a dark comedy directed by Ben Stiller, with Carrey in the title role, stalking mild-mannered Matthew Broderick. And one scene prompted this anecdotal column item, published in the Deseret News on Sept 22, 1996.

Remember "The Cable Guy"? Jim Carrey's first flop since he began his big-time, movie-star roll with "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective"?

"The Cable Guy"? The film that paid him $20 million up front and then bombed at the box office?

Yeah, that "Cable Guy."

Anyway, in "The Cable Guy," there is a scene that has Carrey taking Matthew Broderick to Medieval Times, a theme restaurant that really does exist, in Buena Park, Calif. And it prompted a bit of deja vu as I remembered a similar dining experience in Las Vegas some years ago.


     Matthew Broderick, left, Jim Carrey, 'The Cable Guy'

For the benefit of those fortunate souls who have never been to one of these medieval entertainment eateries, here's the setup:

Customers are seated at benches around a huge arena and served greasy chicken, which is to be eaten without the benefit of forks and knives.

Servers are bosomy wenches … er, waitresses … and the arena is filled with flash-and-dash show biz, as magicians and jesters perform flamboyant magic and comedy. The highlight of the evening is jousting — complete with horses!

In "The Cable Guy," unbilled Janeane Garafalo plays a disgruntled waitress who repeatedly rolls her eyes at Carrey's attempts to sound "old English," and late in the sequence she asks if they would like Pepsi refills.


Janeane Garofalo with Jim Carrey, left, and Matthew Broderick, 'The Cable Guy'

Broderick asks, "Can I get some utensils?"

"There were no utensils in medieval times," Garafalo drones, "therefore there are no utensils at Medieval Times."

So Broderick shoots back, "But there was Pepsi?"

Y'know, when I did that in Vegas, my wife, Joyce, groaned.

But when Broderick did it, she laughed.