It may not be quite as fondly-remembered today as other Jim Carrey classics like The Truman Show or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but the fact is that Bruce Almighty remains the biggest movie of the rubber-faced funnyman’s career.
Still one of the highest-grossing comedies ever made, Bruce Almighty also represents the end of an era for big-budget, high-concept comedy.
As imperfect as the film might be, we’ve barely seen the likes of it since. Today, improvisation-heavy comedies are in vogue, whereas Bruce Almighty features the kind of ambitious plot and carefully-planned jokes you just don’t see anymore.
As the film turns 15 this year, we decided to give Jim Carrey’s mighty God-com a second look. Here are 24 things you never knew about Bruce Almighty.
24. Filmgoers calling up God’s number got through to actual people
Though Bruce Almighty is clearly a work of fantasy, some viewers managed to blur the line between fiction and reality to the point where they were troubling the landlines of unsuspecting strangers.
Throughout Bruce Almighty, the phone number for Morgan Freeman’s God appears on Bruce’s beeper.
This caused headaches, predictably, for the few poor souls who had that number in real life and who were subsequently plagued with calls from filmgoers asking for God.
A man in Manchester, in England, was forced to field calls from people looking to talk to the man upstairs.
Another of those who received calls was, incredibly, a minister at a North Carolina church named Bruce.
With the home video release of the film, producers thankfully changed the digits from the valid number to the not-in-use 555-0123.