What the Hell Happened to Jim Carrey?

Jim Carrey 2013

In the 1990’s, Jim Carrey was the king of comedy.  He made headlines when he cashed a $20 million dollar paycheck for The Cable Guy after an impressive string of box office successes.  For a while, he seemed poised to make the transition from comedy to drama with movies like The Truman Show and Man on the Moon.  There was even talk that Ace Ventura could one day win an Oscar.  But eventually, Carrey’s winning streak ended.  The dramatic roles dried up and Carrey was reduced to being a supporting player or starring in bland children’s movies.

What the hell happened?

Carrey came from humble beginnings.  He was the youngest of four kids in a French Canadian Catholic family.  His father was a musician who took on a regular job to care for his kids.  His mother was chronically ill.  Things went from bad to worse when Carrey’s dad lost his job.  The entire family was forced to work full time in order to pay the bills.  Carrey dropped out of school at the age of 15 and worked with the rest of his family in janitorial jobs.  They lived out of a van.   He has said he was an angry teen who carried a baseball bat so he could work out his anger.

With the support of his dad, Carrey began experimenting with stand-up comedy.  His early performances (which consisted mostly of impressions) did not go over well and Carrey considered quitting.  But when his family’s financial situation improved, Carrey decided to continue pursuing comedy.  Eventually, he caught the eye of Rodney Dangerfield.  Dangerfield was well-known for taking young comedians under his wing.  He made Carrey his opening act during his touring shows and eventually brought Carrey to Las Vegas.

Carrey turned his attention towards TV and movies.  He auditioned for the 1980-81 season of Saturday Night Live.  But Carrey was not cast.  In 1982, he started appearing on TV shows like  An Evening at the Improv.  In 1983, he lived every comedian’s dream of appearing on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.

Carrey began popping in up all kinds of low-budget movies in 1983.  The Sex and Violence Family Hour was a sketch comedy:

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Jim Carrey – Rubber Face – 1983

In Rubberface, Carrey played a struggling stand-up comic.  It was originally titled Introducing Janet, but the title was changed to Rubberface for the video release after Carrey’s success.

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Jim Carrey – All in Good Taste – 1983

Carrey also appeared in the Canadian film, All in Good Taste.  It was filmed in 1981 but not shown in theaters until 1983.  Despite his prominence on the cover of the video, Carrey’s role is small and he has no lines.

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Jim Carrey – Copper Mountain – 1983

Carrey starred opposite future talk show host and Growing Pains dad, Alan Thicke, in the teen sex comedy, Copper Mountain.  Half of the movie consists of musical performances by artists such as Rita Coolidge and the other half is essentially an infomercial about the now-closed Club Med village at the U.S. ski resort at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

In 1984, Carrey did a Jerry Lewis impersonation on the Dabney Coleman show, Buffalo Bill:

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Posted on July 21, 2013, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actor and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 247 Comments.

  1. It’s fun to watch him in his element, isn’t it? He was great in the Letterman Top 10 send off. I’ve spent the morning watching clips from SNL 40th, where Carrey did a McConaghey impersonation that was also spot on.

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  2. WatchMojo’s Top 10 Jim Carrey Performances

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  3. Jim Carrey is #8 on WatchMojo’s Top 10 Rags to Riches Success Stories

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      • Anti-Vaxxer Jim Carrey Lashes Out at California Governor’s Vaccine Mandate:
        http://newsbusters.org/blogs/alatheia-larsen/2015/07/01/anti-vaxxer-jim-carrey-lashes-out-california-governors-vaccine

        By Alatheia Larsen | July 1, 2015 | 1:43 PM EDT

        According to liberal actor and anti-vaccine activist Jim Carrey, mandating vaccines for children in order to prevent deadly infectious diseases is fascism.

        In a June 30 twitter tirade, Carrey attacked California Gov. Jerry Brown as a “corporate fascist” for signing SB–277 into law. The bill will eliminate individual religious vaccine exemptions. The recent Disneyland Measles outbreak provided some of the momentum for the bill, but it still faced strong opposition from anti-vaccination alarmists who claim they are dangerous to children and can cause autism.

        In his attack, Carrey also equated vaccination to “poisoning.”

        Six hours later he attempted to change his narrative, saying that he was actually for vaccines, but opposed thimerosal — a preservative that alarmist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. claimed was linked to autism. Although it was proven safe thimerosal has already been eliminated from nearly all vaccines since 2001. There are traces of it only in multi-vial influenza vaccines, where it protects against contamination.

        Instead of admitting he isn’t a scientist, Carrey labeled opposing scientific evidence as “corrupt.”

        Anti-vaccine alarmists like Carrey and RFK Jr. continue to ignore science supporting vaccination. The CDC, FDA and National Institutes of Health all exonerated vaccines (more than two years ago!) after extensive research.The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the American Academy of Pediatrics also found thimerosal to be safe and not linked to autism.

        The FDA further reported that, while there is nothing wrong with trying to remove thimerosal from vaccinations, a “widespread rejection of vaccines would lead to increases in incidences of serious infectious diseases like measles, whooping cough and Hib bacterial meningitis.”

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      • Carreyed Away

        By Phil Plait

        http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/07/01/jim_carrey_anti_vax_is_as_anti_vax_does.html?wpsrc=fol_tw

        On Tuesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB-277 into law, removing the ability for parents to opt out of vaccinating their public school-age children for personal and religious exemptions.

        In the wake of this, I knew the anti-vaccination cavalry would be mounting their steeds. What I wasn’t expecting was a series of tweets from actor Jim Carrey, showing exactly why those of us on the side of reality cannot rest, even after a lovely legislative victory.

        Jim Carrey is a comedic actor, and I’ll note that I quite like a few of his movies and performances. But I stopped going to the theater to see them a few years ago, after he hooked up with Jenny McCarthy and joined her on her bizarre and fact-free crusade against one of the most successful medical procedures of all time.

        He’s been vocal in the past; in 2009 he wrote an anti-vax screed for the Huffington Post (the journalistic equivalent of the Mos Eisley tavern for anti-vaxxers)*, and he joined McCarthy to publicly defend the disgraced and humiliated doctor Andrew Wakefield, whose unethical research, retracted paper, and conflicts of interest started the modern anti-vax movement and earned him an accusation of fraud from the British Medical Journal. When they were together, he and McCarthy were the public face of the anti-vax movement, promoting the long-debunked notion that vaccines cause autism.

        They don’t.

        But this hasn’t stopped Carrey. Tuesday night he went on quite the rant on Twitter, sending out a series of tweets that were, to be charitable, completely wrong. Let’s take a look.

        Greed? Ah, a variation on the “Big Pharma shill” gambit, the claim that somehow pharmaceutical corporations make huge amounts of money on vaccines. Actually, if money were the only reason they did this, it would be far more profitable for those companies to let people get sick. Hospital and clinic visits make them way more money.

        One of the basic claims made by anti-vaxxers is that there are toxins in vaccines. But there are toxins in everything. The concern isn’t that they’re there, it’s in the amount. Eating one aluminum atom won’t have any effect on you, and people tend to have a few dozen milligrams in their bodies all the time. Not all vaccines have aluminum in them, and ones that do have it in such a teeny amount it has negligible effect on you.

        As for mercury, hang on a sec …

        Yes, this does make sense! That’s because Carrey, despite having a vast amount of information literally at his fingertips, doesn’t understand the difference between ethylmercury and methylmercury.

        Methylmercury (with an M) is a form of mercury that is bioaccumulative—that is, it builds up in the body over time. People get it in their systems in a number of ways, including eating some fish.

        Ethylmercury (with an E) does not bioaccumulate, and breaks down after a couple of weeks, and your body eliminates it. Thimerosal, which used to be used in many vaccines, breaks down into ethylmercury. This process is quite safe, but after a public outcry spurred by misinformation and confusion on these two forms of mercury, thimerosal was discontinued in most vaccines. It’s now used in very small doses only in some flu vaccines.

        Also? It’s been shown, conclusively, that there is no connection between thimerosal and autism. None.

        Yes, Mr. Carrey, you are anti-vax. You can’t pick and choose what to believe in and what not to, and then say you’re not anti-vaccine. This gambit was tried by Jenny McCarthy and by RFK Jr. It rings just as hollow with them as it does now. If you’re trying to scare people out of taking vaccines because of obviously and provably false information, then you’re an anti-vaxxer.

        As I’ve written before:

        Saying in one breath that vaccines have done good but then in another attacking them and increasing fears of them based on nonsense puts [RFK Jr.] squarely in the anti-vax camp. It’s like saying that most UFO cases are just misidentified normal things, but the ones we haven’t identified are definitely alien spaceships that come here to stick probes in our various orifices. Acknowledging one aspect of reality and then claiming absurdities does not make you pro-science.

        Speaking of which …

        Here’s a bit of free advice: Run, do not walk, away from comparing yourself to RFK Jr. That may not be the best line to take. For starters, he is indeed an anti-vaxxer. He’s also a conspiracy-monger, and, unfortunately, an influential one, since he does have political clout. And given that we can’t always trust our elected representatives when it comes to health issues, that makes him especially pernicious.

        Jim Carrey can yell that he’s not anti-vax at the top of his lungs, but that doesn’t change the fact that he really, really is.

        After his Twitter tirade Tuesday night, the replies started flowing in, and I was pleased to see just how many were against him. I guess Carrey didn’t learn the lesson from McCarthy that sometimes going on Twitter doesn’t generate quite the result you were hoping for.

        In the end, though, SB-277 is now law, and if you live in California you have to vaccinate your children if you want them to attend public school, unless you have a valid medical reason for not doing so. I think that’s real progress.

        I’m happy to discuss the ramifications of laws like this on the basis of parental rights—as a parent myself I have very strong feelings about those rights. I’m also something of a social libertarian, wanting most rights to lie with the people, and not the government. But I also know those rights must have limits, because people make mistakes and in some cases need to be regulated.

        The health and welfare of the public certainly constitute one of those cases. So again, I thank Gov. Brown, and I hope many more states follow suit.

        *Correction, July 1, 2015: This post originally misspelled Mos Eisley.

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  4. Nostalgia Critic: Why Does Everyone Hate the Cable Guy?

    http://channelawesome.com/nostalgia-critic-why-does-everyone-hate-the-cable-guy/

    It’s one of Jim Carrey’s most hated films, but why?

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    • THE CABLE GUY (1996):
      http://cinefilestv.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-cable-guy-1996.html

      Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip’s line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven’s best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven’s life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother.

      While the film of course doesn’t age greatly. The film is quite noteworthy as it is one of the darkest comedies of Jjm Carrey’s resume thus far. Even if it seems to derail from total oblivion as far as content in scenes during the last minute. It is a fun ride. Though it sounds like a Saturday Night Live skit character come to life. It is so much more

      The weird thing is for all the comedic actors in this film who could have handled the co-lead Matthew Broderick was cast and though he is obviously miscast it strangely works. His character who seems so tightly wound and tense works for the characterization and as the movie gets crazier he seems so comfortable yet out of his element, that it works. Though at first they seem an odd pair of co-stars that factor actually works best in the end for the film. As they truly become adversaries. He doesn’t get as many laughs or seem to fit, but it is in itself a kind of happy accident.

      As usual Jim Carrey plays his role over the top. Which he must here Because if he didn’t the film and character would comedic as much scarier and realistic, Though less ridiculous.

      This is also one of the first piece of work I noticed was written by Judd Apatow. Though I later found out he was also behind the kids film HEAVYWEIGHTS. Which I am a big fan of still to this day.

      Although Judd Apatow only received a credit as producer he also was one of the film’s writers. He was denied a screenwriting credit by the Writers Guild of America and challenged the ruling, claiming that he wrote much of the movie’s dialogue and many of the scenes. The novelization restores his credit as writer of the film.

      It has his usual insights of pop culture, but also having a more simple premise that stays within the main plot, but becomes so much more rich with a demented yet quirky inner life.

      One of the first films I remember seeing that used pop culture references hardcore in it’s plot and jokes. This came out around the same to me as CLERKS and PULP FICTION which seemed to popularize the trend at the time. As well as actor-director Ben Stiller’s previous directorial debut REALITY BITES.

      It’s interesting of this films script was affected by CLERKS. As it seems Clerks director Kevin Smith’s film ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO was influenced by Judd Apatow’s (screenwriter of this film) comedy and films. That have a juvenile humor quotient though then ends up being more emotional and having more heart than the audience would think. As well as similar actors they usually populate Apatow’s films. Especially star of that film Seth Rogen.

      You can see the influence of both Ben Stiller and Judd Apatow as the cast in supporting and minor roles have actors who were previous cast members of their show THE BEN STILLER SHOW (that had recently been cancelled) as well as recognizable future comic superstars all their own. Plus actors who continue to run in their same circles.

      The film was originally supposed to star Chris Farley. I can only imagine with David spade playing the Matthew Broderick role. That makes one wonder would it have been the same type of film. As dark or darker or more of a frat boy and physical comedy. As both Carrey and Farley have comedic gifts. They are both physical bit seem to work in different ways. This might have also been one of the first times where Farley would have been more required to act.

      Supposedly, Originally Ben Stiller was set to play “The Cable Guy” however a week into filming, Stiller found it difficult to direct and act at the same time. So he decided to recast the role.

      Every cast member of THE BEN STILLER SHOW appears on screen during the film at least once.

      This hair feels like a film that has a longer cut that pushes the film over the top to maybe become more of a comedic masterpiece. As what is here is good, but feels too molded and not as loose as the film seems to suggest.

      At an early stage of the project, some media announced that the cable guy would be in fact harassing a young woman instead of a man, implying a sexual motivation from the title character.

      Interestingly Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller and Jack Black all had the lead role in a Farrelly Brothers film: Carrey in DUMB & DUMBER, Stiller in THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY and Black in SHALLOW HAL.

      This was one of the first films the That made me realize my taste towards satire and especially dark comedy. Only previous example at the time that comes to mind might have been ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES and HEATHERS. Don’t get me wrong this film very silly, but it also has a bit on an edge. That when it runs with it fires on all Pistons.

      A big problem at the time was that this film never doubled down on it’s dark premise. It was too light and goofy for those looking for darkness and too dark for those looking for purely goofiness. Especially as Jim Carrey at the time was staring in more cartoonish comedies as well as family friendly comedies and here the material was just as cartoonish yet dark. Though for some at the time saw this as him stretching.

      I also applied the message in the end as it seems to convey the idea of picking books as a much more enriching endeavor over media entertainment. You might just learn something. As you can see with This film what might happen is you leave television to be the babysitter.

      The film has plenty of comedic moments and Carrey throws himself over and over into the film full body, mind and soul. Some of the Cable Guy’s predictions about what cable will do for the future came true. Like having the Internet, phone and TV through cable. And that we’ll have the ability to play video games online.

      Even the satire of the then relevant Melendez brothers murder trial is funny, though it seems. It more was a leftover sketch from THE BEN STILLER SHOW.

      The scene at Medieval Times where Chip Douglas asks for Steven’s chicken skin and then performs his The Silence of the Lambs impression was all improvised. During one take, Carrey asked for the chicken skin out of nowhere. After doing the “Silence of the Lambs” bit, director loved it and wanted to keep it in the film even though it wasn’t in the script. If you look at Matthew Broderick’s face during this scene, you can tell he is cracking up. His reaction is a genuine laugh

      Sorry if I am ruining some of the film, but I has been in release so long it should be something you have seen before. It’s an easy film to write off, but over the years has been a pleasure. It’s not great but it is good. Though they did alter the original needing which was more bleak. The movie under performed at the box office, which was generally attributed to Jim Carrey deviating from his conventional physical comedy style in lieu of much darker comedy; a switch apparently not appreciated by most of his fans. When revenues were below predictions after the film’s opening, the studio tried to shift the focus of advertising towards the more physical comedy elements, by changing the original poster (which showed Carrey demonically grinning at the audience) to a screen-shot from the more lighthearted brawl at Medieval Times. Unfortunately, the strategy did very little to improve the movie’s box office. –This is also the film where Judd Apatow met his future wife, collaborator, muse Leslie Mann. Who seems like co-star in most of his films. Here she is cast as Broderick’s girlfriend.

      A scene from “Play Misty For Me” can be seen in the TV near there beginning of the movie, in which Clint Eastwood’s character is stalked by a woman with mental health issues, obviously an influence on the plot of The Cable Guy.

      During filming of the scene in which the Cable Guy plays basketball, it was discovered that Carrey could barely dribble a basketball, much less make a basket. Director had Carrey mime the action without a ball and visual effects technicians added the basketball in post-production.

      You can even chalk this up as the first comedic collaboration of Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller –This is a film I still immensely enjoy and recommend it as part of your home film library.

      GRADE: B-

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  5. Cathriona White, Jim Carrey’s on-and-off girlfriend, has reportedly committed suicide http://peoplem.ag/XVOsp15

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  6. Jeff Daniels was told “Dumb and Dumber” would destroy his career https://t.co/WPIDvayBe4

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    • 10 Deleted Stars That Were Bigger Than The Final Movie

      http://whatculture.com/film/10-deleted-stars-that-were-bigger-than-the-final-movie.php/10

      Jennifer Lawrence – Dumb And Dumber To

      There was a time when rubber-faced gurnmeister Jim Carrey was one of the biggest stars on the planet – unfortunately, those days, if you’re to believe the latest box office figures, are over. As every older generation must pass the baton of fame over to the new, so Carrey’s had to relinquish his fame and hand it to a fresh crowd, chief among them potentially the biggest star in the world right now – Jennifer Lawrence.

      As a fan of the original Dumb And Dumber movie, Lawrence purportedly filmed scenes for its sequel, in which she played a young Fraida Felcher opposite Carrey’s Lloyd as a younger man. When the film appeared in cinemas, however, Lawrence was suspiciously absent.

      Though directors the Farrelly brothers claimed, “We talked about trying to work it in, but we weren’t able to do it”, rumors had begun to circulate prior to the film’s release that Lawrence requested her cameo was cut. According to reports, Lawrence had the power – having seen the film – to have herself removed from Dumb And Dumber To if she so wished. She wished.

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  7. 8 Actors Who Should Have Won Oscars (But Never Will)

    http://whatculture.com/film/8-actors-who-should-have-won-oscars-but-never-will.php/3

    Jim Carrey

    Why They Should Have Won: Though mostly known for his comedic roles, Jim Carrey has shown some seriously fantastic dramatic chops over the course of his lengthy career. Despite being laced with comedy, The Truman Show is a dark, satirical drama that centers on a man named Truman Burbank, a man whose entire life is the center of a reality television show.

    Despite winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his performance, Carrey wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar (even though he should have been nominated over Nick Nolte in Affliction).

    Chance struck again in 2004 with the release of critically acclaimed film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Once again, Carrey was lauded for his portrayal of Joel Barish, but despite co-star Kate Winslet receiving a nomination for Best Actress, Carrey was ignored.

    Why They Never Will: These days, Jim Carrey just isn’t a particularly relevant actor. In recent years he has appeared in the commercial flop The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, critical stinker Dumb And Dumber To and cameoed in Kick-Ass 2, which he later claimed to deeply regret.

    It’s been many years since Carrey tried his hand at anything dramatic, and he’s no longer a guarantee of financial success. It doesn’t help that Carrey has become picky over which roles he takes, denouncing films that depict strong levels of violence.

    Though currently slated to appear in crime thriller True Crimes in 2016, the project is helmed by an unknown director and is unlikely to make much of a splash.

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    • http://forum.dvdtalk.com/7739172-post24.html

      He is really good in dramatic roles. I think part of the problem is the dramatic roles he chooses don’t have a mass audience appeal. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, unless the studio sinks a lot of money into the project because his name is attached to it in anticipation of a box office winner. I think the studios also have to be more careful…it’s one thing to cast him in roles like Man on the Moon and Majestic and what not….but for the love of Mike, don’t market those movies as Jim Carrey movies. You will pull in audiences that want goofy Jim and not the core audience that appreciates more artistic movies with content Maybe by being more selective of his roles in the future he can reach a wider audience with more serious roles.

      And I thought he was awesome in Truman Show, too.

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  8. https://www.facebook.com/groups/thecinefiles/permalink/10153691071140795/

    ONCE BITTEN is one of those forgotten teen movies that was one of Jim Carrey’s first leads. Playing a part time Ice Cream man and HS student, Carrey gets bitten by a vampire needing virgin blood.

    The movie overall is pretty “meh”, and Carrey sadly plays it mostly straight (most of the good laughs come from the late Cleavon Little of BLAZING SADDLES fame, who plays the vampire’s valet).

    However, this one scene shows the future hilarity Carrey would soon grant us

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  9. Famous Celebs Who Vanished

    http://officialfan.proboards.com/thread/538264/famous-celebs-who-vanished?page=4

    Post by Clover Star on 8 hours ago
    12 hours ago Cela said:
    17 hours ago keezy said:
    As far as acting goes, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and up until Goosebumps, Jack Black.

    Also, apart from Dumb and Dumber To, you rarely see Jim Carrey either, or he is often unrecognizable like in Kickass 2, it’s weird to see these once comedy giants rarely appear in movies now.
    In regards to Carrey. Following the marketing boycott he pulled on Kick-Ass 2, I doubt any studio would want to use him again.
    Also, see his inane anti-vaccine rants on Twitter.

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  10. 10 “Perfect” Casting Decisions That Went Horribly Wrong

    http://www.whatculture.com/film/10-perfect-casting-decisions-that-went-horribly-wrong-2.php/8

    Jim Carrey as The Riddler – Batman Forever

    If there’s one lesson we can take from this exercise in “perfect” casting decisions gone horribly, horribly wrong, it’s that we shouldn’t ever trust Joel Schumacher with a comic book movie. Batman Forever boasts not one but two potentially amazing casting decisions which in the end were all but completely wasted.

    Jim Carrey certainly can’t be faulted for throwing his all into this ridiculously camp rendition of The Riddler – it’s clearly what the script called for, inexplicably harking back to the 1960s TV series. But few marks are awarded for effort alone, and in this instance his over-exuberant performance ends up being zany and weird in all the worst ways (think of a children’s party clown hired from Craiglist and you’re in the right ballpark). It has far more in common with slapstick and vaudeville, something Schumacher no doubt encouraged against any advise to the contrary.

    In case you’re wondering why no one from the atrocious Batman & Robin managed to make it on the list, the answers lies in the inclusion of two characters from Batman Forever – by the time Schumacher came to making his followup no one in their right mind dared to suggest that anything remotely approaching “perfect” could be hoped for.

    And boy were they right.

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  11. Nostalgia Critic: Was The Mask Supposed To Be Gory?

    http://officialfan.proboards.com/thread/540179/nostalgia-critiic-mask-supposed-gory

    Doug takes a look at the Jim Carrey film and examines if it should have been gory like it supposed to be at first.

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  12. KICK-ASS 2 (2013)

    http://cinefilestv.blogspot.com/2016/03/kick-ass-2-2013.html

    Following Kick-Ass’s heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But the Red Mist leads his own group of evil super-villains to kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything for which he stands.

    Though it is based on the graphic novel sequel that is so over the top and nihlisticly violent it could never be brought to the screen without a bunch of changes. Which are worked around nicely to a degree.

    The films central problem is the same of many sequels it tries too hard to be bigger and badder. Which ends up making it feel inferior as the first film had a certain spirit of hope and attempting to stay in spirit of the comic and be it’s own story. It seemed like the film strived for something.

    Here this feels Slick and studio mandated and instead of humor it seems to be gross and cynical just to be that way no real reason.

    You can see the difference in the film-making as the first film feels like a comic book In a heightened reality. This film feels like a comic book and adult one through and through.

    As I have read the source material I can understand the changes and won’t necessarily nitpick. They solve the problem of changing the first films ending. Though they leave a lot of plot points unresolved. That we’re only additions in the film version. The bitchy clique and his first girlfriends exit. His friend inadvertently selling him out. The uncle running the mob family teaching him a lesson.

    Though it is based on previous material. The film feels like it is struggling to rekindle the shock value of the first. A good enough story and just the material feels like it struggles to make stuff up and keep the momentum and be memorable. Here it seems like it keeps going and trying to push things to the extreme though feeling empty.

    Some of Red Mist/The Motherf**er’s nastier moments from the comic, including murdering children and rape were omitted from the film. Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s reaction to this was literally, “Oh, thank God”.

    It stays entertaining though it feels half-assed.

    Even Aaron Taylor Johnson seems bored with the lead role.

    Where as in the first film. While there was a certain fantasy element. The premise kept a somewhat plausible villain and reaction as far as circumstances. When it came to vigilantes vs. organized crime.

    This film goes more in the direction of not only dark comedy in general, but of swallowing the kool-aid and becoming a full blown comic book that has no resemblance to being realistic or indentifiable as everything is so over the top, cartoonish, disposable and skewed, under the guise of being just mean spirited the the film revels in.

    Even as one of his close friends seems almost sitcomish stupid and doesn’t realize the mistakes he’s made or the trouble he has caused they result in deaths. Nor is he ever made to feel guilty or punished for his actions. Almost like Potsie on HAPPY DAYS no matter how stupid, silly or how much he has messed up. Because he is likeable and has a good heart all of his mistakes are forgiven. This was Evan Peters Character from the first film he was unable to reprise his role as Todd Haynes because of scheduling conflicts with American Horror Story. Similarly, Lyndsy Fonseca was only available for a brief cameo as Katie Deauxma due to scheduling conflicts with Nikita.

    The film looks like it is tightly budgeted almost as if half-way through filming they lost funding and depended on product placement to finish the film.

    Though it’s nice to see Jim Carrey in the film. His casting seems off more like stunt casting as he certainly makes his presence felt. Yet his character is used more as a symbol, so that his character stands for something the heroic character aspire to. So his casting or the decision to pick more of a star for the role makes sense. As the audience will have a certain trust and familiarity already with them.

    In the wake of the Newtown Elementary School shooting in 2012, Jim Carrey refused to take part in any promotion campaigns for this film, because he felt he could no longer support its violent content. Carrey is known for his personal distaste for guns and gun violence, not unlike his character in the movie (the only gun the Colonel handles in the film is unloaded).

    Mark Millar was actually delighted by Jim Carrey’s disapproval of the film’s violence. In his own words, Millar described it as “like saying ‘this porno has too much nudity.'”

    While the film Also seeks to be some kind of satire and spoof of exist g superheroes, but not of their films. As the film is more treated and directed as a comedy’s

    As part of the attraction of the first film and comic book was a character living out a fantasy and the hard knocks reality of the situation. So that it essentially was a fan fantasy movie almost. Though the audience could still connect. This film takes any drama or fan fantasy element out of the equation. So that it is purely a film that is unidentifiable.

    The film lacks the constant rush. It seems to want to provide of seeming break neck, instead the film trips up at times and feels like it is lagging behind. Then tries to make up for it by making the next set piece huge once it begins to feel slow or expository.

    The film also seems to lack the smarts, edge and with of the first film. While sticking somewhat to the same outline of the graphic novel. Which it differs from considerably, just as the first film did with it’s source material.

    Instead of bigger as sequels usually tend I try to be, this sequel gives the impression. Yet feels smaller.

    One of the positives of this film and the series is that even though she is supposed to be more the supporting star. This film series truly showcases actress Chloe Grace Moretz and shows she is a star of the future as well as showcasing her talent as well as her developing skills.

    The bitchy clique subplot seemed forced and an attempt at satire that started off well the played it’s hand too Fast with an unsatisfying payoff. It seemed to attempt to be mean girls-ish though made itself too superficial too quickly

    Also the action is big bit barely noteworthy and the one memorable action sequence was spoiled in the previews.

    Though this film is ridiculously violent it tries to put a glossy sheen on itself and the times it can really take chances it steps back.

    Like the film even the actors in their characters don’t really seem that invested just here for the paycheck. The only two who do invest in their performances are Jim Carrey in an extended cameo and having fun though later refusing to do Promotion for it. And Chloe Grace Moretz who steals the film and is the true star.

    As film Critic roger every hated the first film feeling it degenerate and not liking to See children exploited to A degree with violence. This film is the one that seems like it’s doing degenerate things just to do them Then easing innocence likely didn’t Know any better.

    Even the comedy is weak here and feels misused. I guess my main problem with the film is that it just feels inauthentic. It feels empty. It might also have too many characters that really get no Screen time and are more of filler and a distraction then need be.

    It also feels Smaller scaled curiously though it leaves room for a Sequel. I would consider watching one. Though it would have to have the right creative team behind it.

    It’s one thing to read the graphic novel where we know it is all make believe in a real world setting. The carnage and over the top grandiosity of the action and characters. With all the death, destruction ad nihilism plus a story of destiny and a rather bleak ending with promise of some Kind of hope. it would be hard to translate to the screen and make a studio ready audience pleasing blockbuster. Though any bombed but will have it’s fans, maybe it should have gone for broke and tried to be true to itself and go a different original route so at least it could be noteworthy. Then again maybe it is being true to itself by being an uninspired cash-in that is half-hearted.

    Wait for cable .

    Grade: C

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  13. 10 Box Office Flops Much Better Than Their Reputations

    Man On The Moon

    http://whatculture.com/film/10-box-office-flops-much-better-than-their-reputations.php/4

    Budget: $82 million

    Worldwide Gross: $47.4 million

    For most viewers, Jim Carrey-as-Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon was all a bit confounding: this was a dramatic biopic about a famous anti-comedian that was largely short on laughs. Its contrasting nature was sort of the point, but just like the real life Kaufman, many people were too confused to really enjoy it.

    Those who could suspend the need for giggle fits and a conventional structure, however, were treated to one of the best all-around biopics of the 90s.

    First of all, it should be stated that Carrey completely nails it in the role of the comedian’s comedian, Andy Kaufman, who was as big of a Hollywood outsider as they come. Carrey deftly recreates all of Kaufman’s career highlights – including a montage of him wrestling women and his famous Mighty Mouse bit on Saturday Night Live – with that squirmy, constantly-evaluating quality that made Kaufman such a rare delight.

    You don’t have to like the person at the center of this biopic – in fact, it practically goes out of its way to ensure that you won’t for the most part – but you have to appreciate the exuberance with which Kaufman dedicated himself to finding new ways to deliver comedy, and the commitment with which Carrey embraces that philosophy for the film.

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  14. Jim Carrey and Sylvester Stallone on WatchMojo’s Top 10 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless

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  15. I don’t see Jim Carrey in here.

    After his tirade against vaccines and the California legislation making them mandatory to attend public school on his twitter account, I lost any respect ever had for him.

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  16. 15 Actors In Desperate Need Of A Box Office Hit

    http://screenrant.com/desperate-hollywood-actors-in-need-box-office-hit/?view=all

    JIM CARREY

    There was a time when Jim Carrey was among the most bankable actors on the planet. The Mask, Liar Liar, Ace Ventura, Batman Forever, The Truman Show, Bruce Almighty… His perfect understanding of comedy combined with clever premises and wild situations for him to go explore resulted in a legendary streak of hits, punctuated with dramatic acting roles in some lesser-seen films. He even won a Golden Globe for his work in the Andy Kaufman biopic, Man on the Moon.

    Eventually, his fire began to cool, with his hits being more Earth-bound in scale (Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Yes Man), along with a few poor career choices, such as the nonsensical (if still creepy) thriller The Number 23. Great hair, bad film. Recently, Carrey had a supporting role in Kick-Ass 2, but the action/comedy failed to hit even 30$ million at the domestic box office.

    His last film, the comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber To, was a modest success, but couldn’t recapture the magic of its 22-year-old predecessor. Jim Carrey is a tremendous talent and deserves a comeback. Anybody up for a new Ace Ventura? We are!

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  17. 2016 May See a McConaughey-Style Career Resurgence for a Former A-Lister

    http://www.pajiba.com/celebrities_are_better_than_you/2016-may-see-a-mcconaugheystyle-career-resurgence-for-a-former-alister.php

    Yes, the above photo is of Jim Carrey on the set of Bad Batch, due out later this year. Carrey, of course, hasn’t scored $100 million at the box office in a live action film since 2005’s Fun with Dick and Jane, and Bad Batch is certainly not going to end the streak.

    But it may resurrect his career, because he’s not funning around for a comedy. Bad Batch is a not a comedy, or even a typical kind of movie. It’s a dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland set in a community of cannibals, and before you say, “Ugh, straight-to-streaming,” the rest of the cast suggests more possibility: Keanu Reeves, Jason Momoa, Suki Waterhouse, and Diego Luna.

    The best part? It comes from writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour, who wrote and directed one of 2014’s most critically acclaimed films, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Amirpour describes the film as Road Warrior meets Pretty in Pink with a dope soundtrack.”

    There may not be a lot of box-office potential in a dystopian cannibal love story, but it’s certainly got the potential to be the kind of cult and/or critical hit, like Mud and Killer Joe that helped elevate McConaughey’s career. Annapurna Pictures (American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, Her) is producing it, and they have a good track record.

    However, it takes more than one film to resurrect a career as dead as Jim Carrey’s post Dumb and Dumber To, and Carrey’s Dallas Buyer’s Club might be a film called True Crimes. It comes from Greek director Alexandros Avranas (behind the critically acclaimed Miss Violence) and screenwriter Jeremy Brock, who won a BAFTA for the Last King of Scotland screenplay (which also garnered Forrest Whitaker an Oscar). The film also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg. Based on a 2008 New Yorker article, it’s about a murder investigation of a slain business man who turns to clues found in an author’s book about an eerily similar crime.

    It’s also not a typical look from Jim Carrey.

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  18. 10 Fascinating Backstories Behind Famous Movies

    http://whatculture.com/film/10-fascinating-backstories-behind-famous-movies?page=8

    The Truman Show Began Life As A Very Depressing Film Called The Malcolm Show

    The Truman Show is one of those rare films that managed to seamlessly blend the two genres of drama and comedy; Peter Weir’s film is genuinely hilarious, mainly thanks to the performance of its leading man, Jim Carrey, but it’s also a picture with huge emotional weight, too.

    The Truman Show didn’t always exist in such an incarnation, however; the film and its genius premise emerged from a speculative script of a far more downbeat and depressing nature – one that was originally titled “The Malcolm Show” and would have curbed much of the humor that made the final film so memorable.

    Malcolm… doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?

    Title aside, though, the spec – penned by Andrew Niccol – didn’t have the story we all know at its core, what with it being more of a paranoid thriller in the science-fiction vein, set in New York. When director Peter Weir became attached as director, he asked Niccol to rewrite the script to make it less dark and more funny, as the studio envisioned an actor like Jim Carrey in the lead role.

    Niccol removed the sci-fi trappings and tweaked the core idea of the film, relocating the action to the fictional town of “Seahaven.” It took him a whopping sixteen drafts to get it right, apparently (jeez!).

    In theory, then, as brilliantly cinematic and timely The Truman Show appeared to be on the surface when it arrived in 1998, it took a hell of a lot of work to get it to that perfect place.

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    • That movie pretty much chronicled my life till i broke free of a family who tried too repress me cause of disabilities but i proved them all wrong and am living life as an independent woman. Just like trumann people thought i was incapable recently i got my own place and a job proves that you can literally do anything you put your mind to dont let others family or friends hold you back!!! Much love anonymous

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  19. Jim Carrey and Robin Williams on WatchMojo’s Top 10 Celebrity Impersonators

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  20. No joke i saw him in a value village commercial and was quite disgusted by it

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  21. Jim Carrey sued for wrongful death by late girlfriend Cathriona White’s estranged husband http://yhoo.it/2cyL7jo

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  22. I don’t know about this wrongful death suit against Jim Carrey. As a human being with depression issues himself, I’d like to believe Jim Carrey didn’t mean any ill will towards his ex-girlfriend. Some people you just can’t save, because they want to go, or are headed in that direction.

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  23. The suit just feel vindictive / money-grabbing / publicity-hunting. And I’d say that even if I couldn’t stand Carrey.

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    • I feel the exact same way. With Jim Carrey struggling with depression himself, I just couldn’t see him being that careless or sinister.
      Yeah, I think this is definitely a case when putting on this type of law suit looks ridiculous.

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  24. The double life of Jim Carrey

    http://www.nickiswift.com/28863/double-life-jim-carrey/

    Jim Carrey is easily considered one of the greatest comedic actors of all time, but the rubber-faced funnyman is not without a dark side. Despite his espoused beliefs in mindfulness, meditation, and the pursuit of enlightenment through creativity, he’s been mired in controversy over gun control, vaccinations, and now, the questionable death of his ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White. He also endured a tumultuous upbringing that included dropping out of school, dealing with mental illness, and even homelessness. If you thought Carrey was just a goofy guy who could contort his face a million ways and talk through his butt, think again. He’s been leading a double life.

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  25. Juicy celebrity dirt!

    http://www.gossiprocks.com/forum/miscellaneous/38561-juicy-celebrity-dirt-print.html

    March 21st, 2007, 07:50 AM

    Jim Carrey

    Unpleasant man, simultaneously rampantly insecure and hideously conceited. Extreme hypochondriac. Didn’t make it through high school–and while in high school, according to one of my correspondents, “JC was incredibly mean to every student he could pick on (especially when he was with a group of friends). Really mean, he’d pick on defenseless “losers” who had no hope of even escaping his cruelty. He would do this every chance he got.” Has been known to act extremely childishly on-set, although there are some reports that one-on-one he’s not bad. Has sexually harassed numerous actresses.

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  26. Actor/actresses that were truly blackballed?

    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/18083149-actor-actresses-that-were-truly-blackballed-

    Why did Jim Carrey’s career crash despite no rumors of unprofessional behavior. He went from $20 million/picture to nothing. Did he piss off the wrong person?

    His style of humor fell out of favor. It happens to comic actors all the time: Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Jerry Lewis… they’re on top and headlining movies for a few years, and then BOOM! they’re out of style and no one wants to see their movies.

    —Anonymous

    reply 65 3 hours ago

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  27. Episode Four: The Number 23

    http://www.flophousepodcast.com/2007/10/episode-four-the-number-23/

    In the first of two special Halloween episodes, the team examines the sure-misfire team-up of Jim Carrey and Joel Schumacher, The Number 23. Meanwhile, in a shocking twist, Simon rails against twist endings; Stuart discusses digital sex (in an analog way); and Dan …

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  28. I heard carrey might make a sequel to bruce almight if he does that then it would help his career

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  29. the sequel to dumb and dumber was a hit.

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  30. I think evan almgithy tanked because people could not get passed fact jim was not in it. plus I could be wrong back in 07 carrell was not the bankable name he is today

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    • He was coming off Anchorman, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Little Miss Sunshine. Not to mention The Office. But that’s a fair point. Sequels to Jim Carrey movies without Jim Carrey don’t do well historically. See also Son of the Mask and that Dumb and Dumber prequel.

      That’s why I threw out Kick Ass 2. It wasn’t a sequel to one of his own movies, but it was a sequel starring Jim Carrey.

      My bigger point is, you just can’t know before a movie even gets made much less released what kind of impact it will have on a career. A hit of any kind could give Carrey a boost. And a presold sequel is more likely to be a hit in the current market. But if a sequel flops, there are consequences. Suddenly, sequels to all of his other hits become a much less appealing prospect. That’s part of why Carrey has always been reluctant to pull the trigger on sequels.

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  31. first all achorman and little miss sunshine where supporting roles. he only had 1 lead hit 40 year old virgin that does make a person bankable all of sudden. as for kickass the first films underperformed it only got a sequel due to its high dvd sale. so the kickass movies are not bankable anyways,

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  32. Why Hollywood won’t cast Jim Carrey anymore

    http://www.looper.com/36926/hollywood-wont-cast-jim-carrey-anymore/

    Jim Carrey is one of the most polarizing celebrities around. Some people will go see anything he’s in, while others leave the theater if he even shows up in a trailer. He was once a common feature in big-budget comedies, serving as the tentpole for films like Dumb and Dumber, The Truman Show, Liar Liar and more, but he’s been seen on screen less and less in recent years. Here’s why Hollywood won’t cast Jim Carrey anymore.

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