The “Dumb and Dumber” director took part in a panel for his new Audience Network comedy “Loudermilk” at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Tuesday, where he was asked about his stint on “Project Greenlight.” He was an adviser for aspiring directors on Season 4 of the competition show in 2015 but quit midway through after experiencing friction with producer Effie Brown.
“I was disappointed that it turned out like that because I was really looking forward to doing it, and I really wanted to work with some young filmmakers,” Farrelly said about the series from executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck that has since been canceled. “I realized really quickly it was turning into a ‘Housewives’-type show. And I wanted out.”
“I just remembered for about a week, I could see where it was going, and I would lie in bed with my stomach aching,” he continued. “I was like, ‘What do I do?’ And then I just remember thinking, ‘I quit!'”
The co-helmer of “There’s Something About Mary” pointed out that he has stayed in touch with Season 4 winner Jason Mann, who even landed a job on “Loudermilk.”
“I really got to like that guy — I felt bad for him,” Farrelly said. “He was a sweet guy, very talented. We hired him on [‘Loudermilk’] — he did second unit for us.”
Farrelly added about “Greenlight”: “It was not my favorite experience, that’s for sure.”
“Loudermilk” premieres Oct. 17 on Audience Network.