ARLINGTON, Texas - When talking to Derek Holland one could:
A.) Ask about the #TexasRangers.
B.) Ask about his dominating return from microfracture surgery late in the 2014 season when he was 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in five starts.
C.) Ask about his involvement in the new movie, Dumb & Dumber To.
Option C is the better pick. The sequel to the Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels classic comedy is scheduled to be released on November 14, Holland has a small role in the movie, and said he had the chance to see a decent amount of the raw footage.
"I saw a good chunk of the movie and it's awesome. It's as good as the first one. If it's not, then I will take the credit for it's not. Dude, it's really funny. I promise," he told me last week when the Rangers introduced Jeff Banister as the team's new manager.
Holland hopes to, in conjunction with Ben and Skin of 105.3 The Fan, hold a premiere in Dallas as part of a fund raising venture for a family in need.
"I got to see a lot of it. When I was out there making it and I got to see a lot of behind the scenes, stuff. I know what's going to happen," Holland said. "It's very entertaining, I promise you. It's got everybody - the whole original cast. Obviously Fraida Felcher comes back. Her kids are in it. The hockey player who played Sea Bass (Cam Neely) - they are all back."
Holland said he plays a mental patient in an institution. His scenes were filmed in Atlanta, and he did have the chance to spend some time with the film's stars - Carrey and Daniels.
"(Carrey) does a great job of staying in character. His big thing is he tries to stay in character so he never loses it. When he goes out, he was very chill, but he keeps the character going," Holland said. "The haircut never comes off, and he stays in that character.
"I talked to Jeff Daniels a little bit, and it's the same thing. He's not like that, but he's there (in character). The haircut never leaves. He probably grooms it a little bit."
Like most of you, I can't wait.
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