To mark the film's 20th anniversary, check out these '90s-tastic pics from the 1994 premiere of The Mask – Cameron Diaz's first big movie

By Alex Heigl
Updated July 28, 2013 04:45 PM
Credit: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

That’s right. We put one of The Mask‘s most overused lines in the headline to this feature. Just wait until the other one pops up.

It’s been 20 years since The Mask premiered in theaters on July 29, 1994. Things were simpler then: Cameron Diaz was a fresh-faced ingénue, Peter Greene was fresh off Pulp Fiction and terrifying. Peter Riegert was Peter Riegert.

In honor of the film’s anniversary, please enjoy these positively ’90s-tastic photos from the film’s Beverly Hills premiere.

They are ssssssssmokin’! (Ssshh, just accept it.)

Boy, we really wasted an opportunity to use “Sssssssmokin'” here in reference to Lauren Holly.

No comment. Just a picture of 21-year-old Cameron Diaz, fresh off what was literally her first film role.

Based on this outfit, are we the only ones imagining an alternate reality where Joely Fisher was cast as Scully in The X-Files? Because that would be sad.

One of the fun things about premieres is that they’re helpful in placing people who weren’t actually in the movie. In this case, we have Jonathan Silverman, who – fresh off of Weekend at Bernie’s I and II in 1989 and 1993, respectively – was about to star in the short-lived ABC sitcom The Single Guy. The more you know.

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

came out exactly one year to the day before the premiere of The Mask, which is why Cary Elwes looks like he’s on top of the world.

Ellen DeGeneres, pictured wearing several prominent artifacts from the early ’90s: Oversize blazer, knit sweater vest over white tee shirt and Doc Martens.

Forget Melrose Place stars Grant Show and Laura Leighton. The real stars of the ’90s? Exposed white undershirts.

Could there be a better ’90s “teen” power couple than real-life Beverly Hills, 90210 pair Jason Priestley and Emily Valentine? Uh, oops – we mean Christine Elise.

Look, we don’t need a reason to run a picture of Marlee Matlin from the 1994 premiere of The Mask. Marlee Matlin is amazing. (Also: Spot the beeper!)

Ray Liotta, pictured exactly one year to the day before the premiere of Operation Dumbo Drop. True story.

Stephen Baldwin: Spot the beeper, again!

20 years later and Finola Hughes is still going strong as Anna on General Hospital.

Want to see something dispiriting (for you)? Google “Amy Yasbeck 2014.” Yeah. She’s 51. Unfair, right?

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