When Audrey Geisel, the widow of Doctor Seuss, was selling the rights to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, she made sure that “any actor submitted for the Grinch must be of comparable stature to Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman.”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 film)

This article is about the 2000 live-action film known as “The Grinch” in the UK. For the 2018 computer animated film, see The Grinch (film).

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (also known as Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and simply The Grinch) is a 2000 American Christmas fantasy comedy film directed by Ron Howard and written by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman. Based on Dr. Seuss’s 1957 book of the same name, it was the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted into a full-length feature film. The film is narrated by Anthony Hopkins and stars Jim Carrey in the title role along with Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin and Molly Shannon in supporting roles, as well as Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who.

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6 thoughts on “When Audrey Geisel, the widow of Doctor Seuss, was selling the rights to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, she made sure that “any actor submitted for the Grinch must be of comparable stature to Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman.””

  1. New_Insect_Overlords

    “…and absolutely no Mike Myers!”

  2. Anathema43

    Tim Curry would’ve been a good pick. But I love Carrey in the role.

  3. Hawkingshouseofdance

    Annnd now Matthew Morrison is playing the Grinch in the live version.

  4. archronin

    She used a Boolean “AND” statement and thrust this role out of anyone’s reach.

    Unless being once married to Jenny McCarthy creates an opening.

  5. GUYF666

    I guess “stature” meant “highly regarded actor” and not height/build…

  6. black_flag_4ever

    Dustin Hoffman is too nice to be the Grinch.

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