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The Mask

The Mask is a fictional comic book character created by Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley and Mike Badger (as The Masque in Dark Horse Presents #10, (1987)) and John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke (as the Mask in Mayhem #1, (1989)), appearing in comics published by Dark Horse Comics. It is about a magic mask that gives anyone who wears it physical invulnerability and a number of reality-defying powers (for instance, the ability to produce useful objects out of thin air), but also lowers the wearer's inhibitions and amplifies the repressed parts of the wearer's personality.

The Mask Movie

A film version of The Mask was released in the United States on July 29, 1994, starring Jim Carrey in the title role. Directed by Chuck Russell, the film co-starred Peter Greene as Dorian Tyrell/Dorian Loki Tyrell, Peter Riegert as Lt. Mitch Kellaway, Orestes Matacena as Niko, Richard Jeni as Charlie Schumacher, Amy Yasbeck as Peggy Brandt, and was Cameron Diaz's (Tina Carlyle) screen debut. Ben Stein has a cameo role as Dr. Arthur Neuman.
The film was loosely based on the early issues of the comic book series. The film version is much lighter and cartoonier: the mask's effects are zany, but not particularly evil, and Carrey's Stanley Ipkiss is a nice guy who uses the mask (mostly) for good purposes and gets a happy ending. The bloody violence of the comic book is nowhere to be found in the film adaptation (in fact, the only gag recycled from the comic books was the balloon animal/tommy gun scene, albeit without the gruesome ending). Originally it was planned to be a dark horror film, but when Carrey got the role of Ipkiss, they redid the movie to be a vehicle for Jim Carrey's unique style of comedy. Whereas the comic book interpretation could bleed and be mutilated (though unhurt, regardless), this Mask was merely indestructible - a living cartoon. Lt. Kellaway from the comics is retained, albeit heavily altered (his first name is never given in the comics- the movie's credits list it as "Mitch"). Kellaway is partnered with Detective Doyle, who was not in the comics (Doyle, interestingly, is rather intelligent in his first scene - but quickly becomes an idiot as the movie progresses). Stanley's love interest Kathy is renamed Tina for the film, and the villain is a gangster named Dorian Tyrell (Greene), who is determined to overthrow his boss and will stop at nothing to gain what he craves. At the film's finale, the wooden mask falls into his hands and he dons it, thus becoming the monstrous super-demon Dorian Loki Tyrell, invulnerable to almost any attack (He challenged his boss Niko, played by the memorable Orestes Matacena, into shooting him square in the stomach while in his Loki form. Unharmed, Dorian breathed the bullets into his mouth and fired them back, killing Niko).

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