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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. 314 Comments.

  1. daffystardust

    In 1984 I was an aspiring cartoonist, so I hoped that Duck Factory would be really good and a hit. It was neither to my recollection. I really should’ve been watching more documentaries and old cartoons instead of that weird unfunny show.

    I have been one to complain about the proliferation of idiots in modern comedy, and it is a problem for me. I have a hard time relating to truly stupid individuals and therefore have a hard time empathizing or caring when they star in a movie. But hey, the movies they star in continue to make big money, so they will continue to be made. >sigh<

    Meanwhile, I enjoyed Burt Wonderstone because the characters, while a little thick at times, were also relatable as people with skills they had worked hard to perfect and as people with desperate striving and ego issues. The movie does not compete with the films I listed as my favorite comedies of various years, but I did thoroughly enjoy it, laughing consistently.

    Yes, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is by far the best movie of Carrey's career so far.

    Anyone who thinks TV and movies are linked to killings like the one at Sandy Hook should do their research. Killings in the U.S. hit their peak more than 100 years ago, prior to the proliferation of filmed entertainment and has seen a definitive drop over the last 50 years, a time period during which U.S. households increased their possession and viewership of televisions. Killings are down in the age of mass entertainment. Look for another scapegoat please.

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    • In 1984, I watched Cheers. So I know I sat through The Duck Factory. I vaguely recall not being impressed with it.

      I don’t really mind movies about idiots if the movie is intelligent. I thought Dumb and Dumber was a really smart movie about dumb people. Did I root for Harry and Lloyd? Not really. But I laughed till I cried during the dead parrot bit. Then again, I sometimes watched Beavis and Butthead.

      Haven’t seen Burt Wonderstone. But given the talent involved, I would be surprised if I didn’t at least chuckle. Steve Buscemi is always good for a laugh.

      Totally agree with your last two points.

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    • With you on a lot of modern comedy Daffy. I sometimes think only 1 in 50 is even worth seeing. The demographics, or the way they reach the target audiences, seems to have changed a lot. It occurred to me last night, as I lay on the couch in a state of apathy before falling asleep as my daughter laughed hysterically watching “Grown Ups”, that while it’s not easy to feel ripped off when you only paid a dollar at Redbox, if it’s that much of a belly laugh to the young set, no harm done other than they have no idea what quality film used to be about. It’s got to be all about dollars now. Sandler and Carrey both seem to have a knack for understanding what the 9-13 year old crowd will find entertaining, and thus what their parents will pay for. I’ve given up hoping that my youngest will appreciate the films that I did at her age, and have become resigned to the fact that kids today enjoy comedy where the high point is evidently about adults peeing in pools.

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  2. I haven’t seen Batman forever, but I always thought that if the Batman movies hadn’t been rebooted with such a dark and gritty tone, Carrey would have been a great Joker. Something about how he can contort his face. See crazy stuff like the Mask. Just a little more sinister.

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    • The Riddler and the Joker are superficially similar. All the villains in the Burton/Schumacher era basically chewed scenery in the mold established by Nicholson in the first film. I have no doubt Carrey could have just as easily played Joker. He actually went above and beyond as the Riddler. You can’t fault the guy for lack of commitment.

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      • 10 Most Disappointing Villains In Movie History:
        http://whatculture.com/film/10-most-disappointing-villains-in-movie-history.php/9

        3. The Riddler – Batman Forever
        I could have actually picked any of the two villains in Joel Schumacher’s campy badfest, but I’ve gone with Jim Carrey’s Riddler over Tommy Lee Jones’ Two Face, because Tommy Lee Jones scares me. So the Riddler, as you’re no doubt aware, is one of the most iconic of all Batman villains – he’s one bad guy who forces Batman to use his brain, given that he’s into puzzles, and, well, riddles, I guess. Batman Forever makes a mockery of this guy, though I suppose that – for the most part – we can blame the script and direction as opposed to the acting?

        Um. Maybe. There are some fans out there who like Carrey’s interpretation, but I can’t stand it: the way that the otherwise talented comic plays the Riddler emphasizes, for me, everything bad about Jim Carrey, the ’90s, and “funniness” in general. And I say that still convinced that Carrey could have played this differently and made it work. It’s a devastating and cringe-worthy performance, though – incredibly dated and awkward to watch in retrospect. Don’t get me started on the costume, either. Okay, let me get started: it’s horrific.

        8 Changes That Would Have Completely Fixed Batman Forever:
        http://whatculture.com/film/8-changes-that-would-have-completely-fixed-batman-forever.php/7

        3. Rein In The Riddler

        Jim Carrey is a great actor when he tries. The problem with Batman Forever is he was cast because of his success in Ace Ventura, which became a hit because of the slapstick comedy. And so the Riddler in Batman Forever became a total slapstick character, complete with bad jokes and Carrey’s manic performance. What was the point of the bright-red hair? Or all the cane-twirling? Or terrible lines like “Like the jacket? It keeps me safe when I’m…jogging at night!” And all the absurd cackling. Plus the bizarre Bruce Wayne fixation.

        But watch Carrey in a movie like The Number 23, which although flawed, still showed that he can do dark. If he brought more of that into his performance instead of trying to do a Frank Gorshin impersonation, he could have given us a really special Riddler.

        If we are going to talk about recasting the Riddler, though, go with Robin Williams. The story goes that back when Warner Bros was trying to get Jack Nicholson to play the Joker in Batman, Nicholson was being indecisive. They then offered the part to Williams, who accepted. Warner Bros then went back to Nicholson and told him if he doesn’t accept the role, Williams will get it and at that point, Nicholson took the part. When Warner Bros approached Williams about playing the Riddler, he apparently said only if they apologized for using him as bait to get Nicholson. They didn’t and so Williams said no. And if there’s one comedic actor who can tackle dark roles, it’s Williams. He was awesome in movies like One Hour Photo and Insomnia and those give us a glimpse into what his Riddler could have possibly been like.

        10 Ridiculously Over-The-Top Acting Performances:
        http://whatculture.com/film/10-ridiculously-over-the-top-acting-performances.php/4

        7. Jim Carrey – Batman Forever

        An article looking at over-the-top performances would never be complete without mentioning Jim Carrey. More specifically, an article looking at over-the-top performances would never be complete without mentioning Jim Carrey’s performance in Batman Forever as The Riddler. Dressed in what appears to be an early incarnation of the onesie, Carrey is all camp, cackling mischief without the slightest resemblance of threat.

        Carrey’s brand of comedy has always been wide eyes and goofy smiles, and many people, judging by the box-office his movies used to do, liked his shtick, but Batman Forever was most definitely not the place for that. Carrey plays most things on a level of hysteria, but in Batman Forever, the over-the-top goofiness tires quicker than ever before.

        Batman: 10 Worst Casting Decisions:
        http://whatculture.com/film/batman-10-worst-casting-decisions.php/8

        3. Jim Carrey as Edward Nygma/The Riddler in Batman Forever

        While many fans may enjoy Jim Carrey as the Riddler in Batman Forever, the casting choice is another example of choosing a popular actor who may have been picked for the wrong reasons, in particular, because Carrey resembled the character based upon his mannerisms as an actor. The characterization of the Riddler in Batman Forever resembles the character played by actor Frank Gorshin in the Batman television show from the 1960s.

        If the character had been interpreted differently such as being more darker as in Batman: The Animated Series and had an actor been cast who was not such an obvious fit for the role, the outcome would have been different because with the proper characterization, the true nature of the Riddler character would have come to fruition.

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        • 10 Things DC Wants You To Forget About The Riddler:
          http://whatculture.com/comics/10-things-dc-wants-forget-riddler.php/8

          1. Jim Carrey

          The Batman films took a weird turn somewhere. At first they were dark but still pretty noticeably comic book-like, as Tim Burton turned his twisted and hyper-real film-making style to the Caped Crusader with brilliant results. Then Joel Schumacher took over the franchise with Batman Forever and, well…there’s a reason people were so thankful when Christopher Nolan took over the movie Dark Knight and made them less of a sugar-fueled pop art nightmare that nobody asked for. As rightfully reviled as Batman & Robin is, things went way of course before that, thanks principally to Tommy Lee Jones’s scenery-chewing turn as Two-Face but perhaps worse, Jim Carrey’s OTT rendition of The Riddler.

          In the comics The Riddler is a bit Joker-like. There’s the similar gimmicks, dress sense and the like, but when it comes to how they act they’re pretty different. The Riddler is a lot more grounded in his insanity, spending last time running around giggling like a maniac and more time being quietly confident in his fiendish deathtraps. Apparently Jim Carrey didn’t get the memo, or got the two characters confused as so many have before and since, and when playing Edward Nigma in Schumacher’s film decided to go full Ace Ventura on the character.

          We can blame the costume designer for his bizarre ginger bonce and skin-tight green suit covered in question marks, but we’re pretty sure the rest is totally Carrey’s fault. His Riddler is a gurning, manic lunatic who leaps around the art deco sets and seems to have no control over the volume of his voice – but not in a fun Ron Burgundy way – and it’s terrible. And really annoying. Thankfully this version of The Riddler was never seen anywhere else ever again. Of that we should be thankful. And some of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr Freeze jokes in the next film were kinda funny in a “dad joke” way.

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        • Val Kilmer really wasn’t that bad a Batman

          http://officialfan.proboards.com/thread/557768/val-kilmer-bad-batman?page=2

          Post by Alexander The So-so on about an hour ago
          Honestly, in retrospect, Forever might be my least favorite of the Burton/Schumacher tetrology. Batman and Robin might be an abomination, but at least it’s a full-blown abomination that you can sit and laugh at. Returns may be weird and the villain’s motive might not make a ton of sense, but I’m one of those people for whom Tim Burton’s special brand of weirdness is appealing, so I can forgive it.

          Forever, though, seemed to me to be stuck between trying to be serious and trying to be cartoonish. You had really engaging psychological stories with Bruce confronting his personal demons and him trying to teach Robin that he needed to pursue justice, not revenge. But then you have Riddler and Two-Face bouncing around like two sugar-crazed 11-year-olds. I couldn’t take them seriously.

          I think one scene sums up the movie’s problems: I saw it in theaters with my mom when I was a kid, and I remember when it got to the part where Edward Nygma kills his boss, which Jim Carrey immediately follows up with very Jim Carrey-like comedic one-liners. Since I was 7 years old, I giggled at this, but my mom immediately scolded me and told me I shouldn’t laugh and it wasn’t funny. My 7-year-old mind was confused: but look, Jim Carrey’s up there being silly like in Dumb & Dumber! It’s funny, like in Looney Tunes!

          Compare that to the scene in the first Burton Batman where Joker kills his former boss. It’s crazy and violent, and decidedly NOT funny. It sold Joker as a dangerous, scary lunatic. With Forever, we got a villain who made small children giggle, because no matter what deeds gen actually did (killing his boss, blowing up the Bat Cave), with the way it was presented, it came across like Ace Ventura fighting Batman.

          Val Kilmer wasn’t bad, though a little wooden. Though, watching it today, I shake my head and shout “no!” at the scene in the circus where he shouts out that he’s Batman. Bruce Wayne just wouldn’t do that.

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        • I have no problem defending “Batman Forever”; yeah, everything was headed in the wrong direction, but I think there’s enough good there to make it viable viewing. If Two-Face was a more proper character, I may say I’d even highly recommend it. Batman!

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        • Jim Carrey explains Batman Forever feud with Tommy Lee Jones

          http://www.looper.com/89075/jim-carrey-batman-forever-feud-tommy-lee-jones/

          Jim Carrey may have spent most of his time in Batman Forever cackling maniacally as the Riddler, but apparently no laughs were had behind the scenes. In the past, the actor has indicated that he and co-star Tommy Lee Jones, who played the nefarious Two-Face in the superhero flick, clashed in quite a big way. Now, speaking during an appearance on Norm Macdonald Live, Carrey discussed the feud in more detail. 

          “I was the star, and that was the problem,” Carrey began before diving into the moment that ignited the tension. As the actor recalled, he met with Jones at a restaurant before they filmed a major Batman Forever scene together, and upon that initial meeting, Jones expressed his disdain for Carrey. 

          “I went over and said, ‘Hey, Tommy, how you doing?’ And the blood just drained from his face like he had been thinking about me 24 hours a day. It was before the biggest scene we have together in the movie. The blood just drained from his face,” Carrey remembered. “He started shaking and he got up and… he must have been in mid-kill-me fantasy or something. He went to hug me and said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ I said, ‘Gee man, what’s the problem?’ I pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”

          Carrey then suggested that the issue might not have been him alone, that perhaps Jones wasn’t comfortable with his lack of familiarity working in a comic book movie. “He might have been uncomfortable doing that work, too,” he said. “That’s not really his style of stuff.”

          While some Batman Forever and Jim Carrey fans may only be hearing this for the first time, this isn’t the only instance in which the actor has discussed his feud with Jones. He previously told the story to Howard Stern in 2014 (via Yahoo! Movies), adding that he was “really looking forward to working with Tommy, because he’s a fantastic actor, and he still is” to Carrey.

          It’s difficult to say whether the Carrey-Jones rivalry played a major role in the many issues with Batman Forever, as director Joel Schumacher’s filmmaking decisions still seem to be the primary source of blame in that regard, only further proven by his inability to ease fans’ worries with the ridiculous Batman & Robin. 

          In any case, Carrey stated he thinks Jones is a “phenomenal actor” and “still loves him” despite their white-knuckled Batman Forever rivalry. If only all on-set feuds had that kind of outcome.

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        • Tommy Lee Jones Couldn’t Stand Working With Jim Carrey On “Batman Forever” And It’s A Genuinely Insane Story

          https://www.buzzfeed.com/alliehayes/tommy-lee-jones-couldnt-stand-working-with-jim-carrey-on

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  3. I have to confess, I never liked Jim Carrey. I always find him truly overrated and never understood why he’s been so successful. When i was in high school everyone always tell how amazing he was and I always was the lone who disagreed. I really can’t connect with his humor and his facial expression. Of all his filmography I single out only “The Truman Show”, it’s the lone Carrey movie I have appreciated.

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  4. As always, entertaining and balanced. I also think you’re more of a wordsmith than you give yourself credit for. Each post usually has one or two “Lebeauisms” but in this one I particularly enjoyed the line about “grinchy critics”, those who “like their Suess less crass and more Suessy.” LOL!
    Another consistent experience reading these, for me anyway, is the feeling that, “I THOUGHT I was a diehard film fan” and then reading about movies that I forgot about while life got in the way. There are 3 Carrey films that I have to see after reading this, I know people here have also recommended them. It’s all kind of making me see him differently than the guy from Dumb and Dumber being annoying to Matthew Broderick (a sin). Very interested in Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine. All in all he’s had more of a career than I realized.

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    • Thanks RB. Those are the lines that usually make me chuckle as I am writing them.

      As I am writing and researching, I have a similar experience. Sometimes there are movies I forgot existed. Sometimes there are even movies (or TV shows) I can’t remember whether or not I have watched! In this case, I know I watched The Duck Factory, but I couldn’t tell you anything about it. Frequently, there are movies I thought were hits or flops but turn out to be the opposite. One of the reasons I chose Carrey as a subject is that I thought he had a string of flops and disappointments. Turns out he didn’t.

      The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine are both very good movies. Even if you don’t like Carrey.

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  5. I have always liked Jim Carrey’s comedies, but have always had a hard time watching his dramatic movies. I always expected he would start talking out of his butt for the Truman show.

    But Liar, Liar; Dumb and Dumber, The Grinch are some of my favorite movies. When I need to laugh, or pull myself out of a nasty mood (and Caddyshack can only be watched SO many times), I’ll always throw in Dumb and Dumber.

    As always, a great review, with info and facts not normally seen anywhere else but here. BUT, it is Jeff Daniels!!! Not Jeff Bridges. And in the Dead Pool, it was a psycho Liam Neeson wanna be who killed Carrey’s character, not Liam himself.

    Now that that’s been cleared up…. I really do enjoy reading your posts. 🙂

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    • ACK! Know that I am kicking myself. I can’t believe I made the same mistake twice in one post! No excuse. I have updated the article to reflect the correct Jeff.

      I have to admit, I haven’t seen The Deadpool. I got my info off Wikipedia for that one. You know how that goes.

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  6. 10 Actors Who Are Nowhere Near As Great As They Used To Be:
    http://whatculture.com/film/10-actors-who-are-nowhere-near-as-great-as-they-used-to-be.php/8

    3. Jim Carrey

    It’s possible to do an entire list just on comedic actors that no longer make us laugh mainly because they tried to follow the Robin Williams Career Trajector. Jim Carrey exploded onto the scene with Ace Ventura and the Mask, killing it in the box office and cheap Halloween party costumes. You couldn’t go anywhere without someone doing a poor imitation of an Ace Ventura skit, most likely the one talking out of their ass. He bumped Robin Williams from contention as the Riddler in the Batman franchise and then teamed up with Jeff Daniels to rock the nineties forever with Dumb and Dumber. He was given the previously unheard-of sum of $20 million to star in Ben Stiller’s black comedy, The Cable Guy, alongside the all-around nice guy Mathew Broderick. The future looked very, very good.

    So what happened?

    Critics butchered The Cable Guy. They convinced the masses that nobody wanted a dark Jim Carrey, they wanted a crazy Jim Carrey. Despite standing the test of time, Jim Carrey didn’t. He bumped Robin Williams out of contention for the prized role of the Riddler in Tim Burton’s Batman 3, where his method acting wasn’t approved of by the Harvey Dent-playing Tommy Lee Jones. Then he decided to reinvent himself as the next Tom Hanks, taking on the Majestic and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Man. He tried to return to form in a series of near-unidentifiable caricatures of himself in the Grinch, Andy Kaufman, Lemony Snickets… and lastly a desperate return to his animal-like charms in Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

    10 Incredibly Talented Actors Who Should Really Call It A Day:
    http://whatculture.com/film/10-incredibly-talented-actors-who-should-really-call-it-a-day.php/7

    4. Jim Carrey

    Jim Carrey is well-known for the many obscure characters he has played over the years. His most famous films are probably the wacky comedies from the early 90s, including the Ace Venture series, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, The Cable Guy, and Liar Liar. But Jim then proved he has the chops for more “serious” stuff too, playing the title character in The Truman Show, and Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon. Probably his most sophisticated performance yet is in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in which he goes against type and plays a very reserved, emotionally distant character. So, there is no denying that Jim has talent.

    In the last few years, though, Jim has been in some real garbage. The Number 23 is one of the most disgustingly vile movies that I have ever had the misfortune to suffer through. Sure, you could say that it’s not his fault because the story itself was bad, but Jim didn’t really help the cause either. And then just this year he starred in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which looked promising, but turned out to be a huge letdown.

    Jim still has at least some star power, enough so that people will go see his movies. And I still believe him to be talented. I suppose I should give him one more chance with Kick-Ass 2. But I’ve been disappointed too many times already.

    The Decline and Fall of Jim Carrey:
    http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/the-decline-and-fall-of-jim-carrey/

    The last time Jim Carrey starred in a live action hit movie was 2003 with Bruce Almighty. The closest thing to that since was Yes Man in 2008 which didn’t even cross the 100 million dollar mark at the American box office. Fun With Dick and Jane barely made it across the domestic 100 million mark and that was back in 2005.

    Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events did make it to 118 million dollars, but unfortunately its production budget was 140 million dollars.

    Jim Carrey skipped the sequel to Bruce Almighty, his biggest hit, and the job was handed over to Steve Carell. Now instead of Steve Carell taking Jim Carrey’s leftovers, it’s the other way around, with Carrey appearing in a supporting role in Steve Carell’s The Amazing Burt Wonderstone. And that bombed too.

    Carrey’s career has been sliding since 2003. His few successes are in cartoons where no one has to look at his actual face. And even well-known properties like A Christmas Carol (domestic box office 140 million, production budget 200 million) seem to wither at his touch.

    Mr. Popper’s Penguins, his last actual starring role, had a modest budget of 55 million and didn’t take in much above that. And that was in 2011. Whatever his salary was for walking around talking to some penguins, it was probably a good deal less than the 20 mil he was taking in during his prime career days.

    So if you want to understand why Jim Carrey is arguing about you with gun control on Twitter, it’s because his career and personal life have been in decline for a while and he’s looking for attention.

    It’s rarely celebrities on the way up who spend their time trolling for attention. They may show up to make faux sincere ‘demand a plan’ videos, but they don’t throw semi-literate tantrums on Twitter. Usually. It’s usually those who are on the way down, like Jason Biggs, who went from starring in annual comedy releases to doing the voice of one of the Ninja Turtles, who seek out that kind of attention, hoping to score some points and get some attention by bashing Republicans.

    Paying attention to them should go under the same rules as paying attention to any troll. You may be scoring points, but you’re also feeding the trolls. Some points may be worth feeding the troll. Some trolls may not be worth feeding under any circumstances.

    Jim Carrey is pushing 50 and trying to be relevant to a new generation. And so far he has failed very badly. The old Jim Carrey talked out of his ass. The new Jim Carrey launches liberal political diatribes on Twitter and stars in political videos for Will Ferrell. You can respond to it, but just remember that you’re helping the “reinvention” of Jim Carrey’s image. And if that reinvention fails, look for him to show up as the wacky neighbor on a Canadian sitcom near you.

    Jim Carrey’s 5 Best Roles and 5 Directors He Should Work with Now:
    http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/jim-carreys-5-best-roles-and-5-directors-he-should-work-with-now/

    Aero027 • 15 days ago −
    It seems like all big comedic stars eventually fall as their brand of novel comedy turns stale. Sandler is a good example of this…but Sandler is still clipping along (arguably, he may have surpassed Carey in popularity and box office take as of late) for two reasons. One is is his own production comedy that caters to a juvenile niche audience, but more importantly its that Sandler has bolstered his career with both quality dramas and ensemble comedies that take a step away (a small step) from his usual brand of comedy.

    I believe this is a big part of the reason Carey has faltered over the past decade. He hasn’t been willing to be a part of an ensemble cast where he would have other comedic actors to push and inspire him. (Instead he’s stepped into Eddie Murphy territory with cheesy kids films). Will Ferrell is a good example of a comedian who needs ensembles from time to time. He’s proven that he can carry a film on his own but he’s also shown that he can bomb a film when not with the right talent (Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro). Carey needs to start doing ensemble comedies or he’s going to disappear into obscurity and most likely have to rebuild his image in the indies.

    I think Carey’s future is going to be resting on Burt Wonderstone, arguably his first tandem/ensemble comedy with another big name comedian. The fact that its with Steve Carrel makes it even better because Carrel picked up the comedy slack when Carey faltered (the transition ironically taking place with Bruce Almighty). Carrel’s brand of humor is similar to Carey’s in that its kind of goofy with heart. They both started out on television. Carrel’s first big role was in an ensemble, and he’s making a career out of sharing the screen with other big name comedians, a path that is sure to guarantee him success. Ultimate dream would be that these two would become a comedy duo like Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon that I could watch for the rest of my life.

    Jim Carrey’s rebound:
    http://www.laineygossip.com/Jim-Carrey%E2%80%99s-career-rebound/24483

    I was a big fan of Jim Carrey when I was a kid. In Living Color was one of my touchstones, one of my earliest influences and it (and Kids in the Hall–hands down, Canada’s most important cultural export besides Strange Brew) was one of the first things that made me want to be a comedian. I loved Carrey on that show. Fire Marshall Bill? Please. It’s still funny today. And I loved his early movies, especially Dumb & Dumber. I was twelve when Dumb & Dumber came out. I was the target audience.

    The problem Carrey has always had, despite doing solid-to-good dramatic work in movies like The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the widely unseen I Love You Phillip Morris, is that 1) people just don’t cotton to Dramatic Jim Carrey and 2) his audience has remained twelve years old. Carrey’s humor was always rooted in the juvenile, but eventually you have to figure out other ways of making people laugh besides talking with your ass or else it gets sad. There’s something especially depressing about a comic doing the same joke he used fifteen years ago on an audience that wasn’t even born when he first told the joke (see also: Adam Sandler).

    Carrey, no question, needs a comeback. Unless he wants to spend the rest of his life recycling Ace Ventura, he needs to find a way to redefine himself for audience. Last week we took a look at how Kevin Costner is reinventing himself for the second half of his career, and now it’s Jim Carrey’s turn. Deadline reports that he’s been approached about a small but important role in Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall (yes, that’s the title). Carrey is known to be a big fan of the original movie, so I’m sure on a personal level this is thrilling in a way I can’t comprehend, but professionally this is the kind of role he needs to be taking. He needs a distinctive character, very different from himself that he can use to reintroduce himself to

    Back in 1996 Carrey earned his first $20 million paycheck, for The Cable Guy. This is what fascinates me about this generation of movie stars—they all reached that pinnacle of success, commanding the biggest paychecks and the sweetest deals, only to see their influence and earnings drain away as the Movie Star died. I really don’t think any actor is worth $20 million up front, so I have zero issue with them making less these days, but I do find it interesting, watching this generation, the $20 million generation, re-strategize and prioritize their careers. I’m kind of obsessed with what they think about. Does it chap their ass to have to essentially start over in the middle of their career? It would have to, right?

    Carrey has his work cut out for him in terms of a comeback. He’s not working the same kind of good will as Costner, who made some seriously beloved movies (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 4 life). He’s already taken one smart move in the right direction, though, partnering with Steve Carell for the comedy Burt Wonderstone next year. Carell isn’t a box office guarantee but people like him. Joining Kick-Ass 2 would be another smart one, giving him some much-needed cool cred with younger, but not twelve year old, audiences. The inevitable Dumb & Dumber sequel, though…I don’t know. The potential is there, sure, but that’s also the kind of thing that can blow up in your face. It’s hard for aging comedians because what you think is funny and what people find funny about you changes over time. Carrey was a very inventive comic performer, once upon a time; he should be able to complete the career rebound. But one thing Carrey could definitely do to improve his image is ditch the ludicrously pretentious website.

    “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”: What happened to Jim Carrey’s career?:
    http://www.salon.com/2011/06/15/mr_popper/

    It’s not as if Jim Carrey isn’t funny in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” a new family flick from 20th Century Fox that has almost nothing to do with the venerable children’s novel by Richard and Florence Atwater, beyond a character named Mr. Popper and some penguins. Carrey appears to have a pretty good time in this half-baked “Christmas Carol” knockoff, playing an odious Manhattan commercial real estate shark whose soul is redeemed, little by little, after his late father sends him a penguin in a box. (You have to be there, or on second thought, you don’t.) He does a fine Jimmy Stewart impression, slo-mo replays of his own stunts, and a wide selection of big-eyed, lantern-jawed, Jim Carrey-style double takes. He grabs a freshly printed contract and takes a big snort: “I love the smell of fresh toner in the morning!”

    I took my kids to see “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” at a family screening last weekend, and here’s the parental advisory: It’s got adorable penguins and poop jokes and half a dozen decent sight gags and modestly agreeable performances from Carrey and (especially) Carla Gugino, who plays the semi-estranged Mrs. Popper. It’s got some cute kids I couldn’t really tell apart, and it’s got the funny and attractive English actress Ophelia Lovibond, who A) has the best name in the history of show business, even when you include Imogen Poots; and B) nearly steals the movie as a pointless supporting character — I should say, a pointless peripatetic personage — who only utters words beginning with P. There’s no story beyond the utterly formulaic and not the slightest semblance of realism, but your kids will enjoy it if they’re young enough and pretty easy to please. (Mine are both.)

    With that taken care of, the other question to emerge from this tepid all-ages flick, which will neither last long in theaters nor generate all that much cash, is what the heck became of Carrey’s career as a comic genius? It’s a question that answers itself, in a way. Ever since Carrey became a top-line movie star with the first “Ace Ventura” picture in 1994, he’s made sporadic attempts to break out of the goofballing cut-up role by doing edgy adult comedy or semi-serious drama or whatever. I mean, they haven’t all been good movies and his performances have been all over the map, but give the dude credit: “The Cable Guy,” “The Truman Show,” “Man on the Moon,” “The Majestic,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “I Love You Phillip Morris.” Carrey has played a stalker, a human lab rat (twice), a Hollywood screenwriter with amnesia, Andy Kaufman and a flamboyantly gay con man. You can’t say he hasn’t been tryin’.

    Now, from my tweed-jacket-’n’-armchair position I would decree that that list contains one near-masterpiece, two outrageous and delightful cult classics, a couple of others that aren’t bad and only one movie that’s truly awful. But you know exactly what I’m going to say about what they all have in common: They didn’t bring in the bacon, or at least not nearly the way you’re supposed to when your name goes above the title. (In fairness, “The Truman Show” was a hit, with $230 million-plus in worldwide box office, and “Eternal Sunshine” probably turned a profit. But most of the other movies on that list involved weeping accountants, and people being led out of Los Angeles office buildings by security guards.)

    You could say that the public prefers Carrey when he’s talking out of his ass or doing random “Star Trek” voices, but it’s probably fairer to say that the great clanking enterprise of Jim Carrey’s movie-star career demands those things. Maybe the day will come when Carrey’s willing to leave all that behind and strike out on his own, and we can see inklings of that. Nobody forced him to play the roguish, largely unsympathetic homo-antihero of “Phillip Morris,” after all, and I don’t believe Carrey is so stoned on the smack of Hollywood stardom that he thought that would be a big hit.

    So you can look at this guy’s career — and, to be clear, I think he’s one of the great physical comedians in American movie history, up there with Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd and Jerry Lewis — and say, oh, here he is, pushing 50 and entertaining kids with disposable mediocrities like “Horton Hears a Who!” and the 2009 “Christmas Carol” and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” and isn’t it sad. I sure do wish those were better movies, and that’s a puzzler. Carrey seems to lack any ability to tell good from bad when it comes to these big-budget family films, or not to care. (Comedians often like broad and sentimental shtick.) Or we could just say, meh, nobody died and we’ll see what happens. Hey, look — penguin poop!

    JIM CARREY’S CAREER CRASH:
    http://chatterbyrondavis.blogspot.com/2007/08/jim-carreys-career-crash.html

    The once-funny comedian used to demand — and get — $20 million a picture. But his Ace Ventura and Dumb & Dumber days are long dead, and now he’s the guy who ruined The Grinch and Lemony Snicket.

    The fallout: No more $20 million up front, plus percentage. For his latest project, Yes Man, Carrey has been forced to accept what Deadline Hollywood calls the worst talent deal ever:
    He’ll receive NO upfront cash and NO first-dollar gross … Instead, Jim has a cash-break deal in theory of at most 36.2% on the back end — which in reality may turn out to be a lot less. …

    [G]etting top-tier talent for no money upfront with cash-break back end is like a wet dream for Warner Bros. “This is a deal you make with someone who’s star has fallen,” a studio source told me tonight. Which is why I’ve learned that Warner Bros execs were privately patting themselves on the back for coming up with it and then dancing in the hallways when Carrey’s reps finally went for it. …

    [M]ovie after movie of his has collapsed in development (Spielberg’s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty remake, 20th’s Used Guys, Paramount’s Ripley’s Believe It Or Not) and his most recent release, New Line’s The Number 23, was dead on arrival. Since then, the actor has sat around booking no major movies beyond toon voiceovers (20th’s Horton Hears A Who, a sop for the Used Guys deal going south, and Disney’s A Christmas Carol directed by Robert Zemeckis) for nearly a year.

    10 Actors Who Just Aren’t Trying Hard Enough:
    http://whatculture.com/film/10-actors-who-just-arent-trying-hard-enough.php/9

    8. Jim Carrey

    Career High: The Truman Show
    Career Low: Earth Girls Are Easy

    Jim Carrey is a story of frustration: it isn’t that he is making particularly bad movies – in fact his comedies still tend to draw reasonable crowds at the cinema – it’s that he occasionally shows so much promise and talent in the roles in which he clearly pushes himself, or takes gambles with the material.

    He may have made a reputation as a rubber-faced impressionist and fool in early performances, and cemented his position in high-energy, lunatic roles like Ace Ventura but he really showed his ability in The Mask In Man In The Moon, The Majestic and The Truman Show. As is often the surprising case with comedians, Carrey is excellent in straighter roles, handling pathos with aplomb and carrying over the likability factor built with audiences in more humorous roles – and while his turn in The Number 23 was less than loved, it is a travesty that he prefers to attach himself to unchallenging fare like Mr Poppers Penguins.

    There is some hope that his association with Kick Ass 2 might have a similar effect as the original did for Nic Cage, but Cage pretty much proved that you can’t gift wrap a career revival and expect actors to make the right choices next.

    Assessing Jim Carrey’s acting career:
    http://www.helium.com/items/565301-assessing-jim-carreys-acting-career

    What happened to Jim Carrey’s career?

    Once upon a time, Jim Carrey was the go-to man in Hollywood. When it came to making a comedy, Carrey was the first name on many producers’ and directors’ lists.

    Ace Ventura was the big break he needed, grossing over $70 million, and putting him on the fast track to stardom. He perfected the art of over the top physical comedy, and rode that tidal wave into the hearts of America with a string of comedies. The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura 2, and a role in the hit film Batman Forever all grossed over $100 million each at the box office. He hit his first setback in 1996 with the under-appreciated dark comedy The Cable Guy. Following that, he instantly went back to the roles that made him famous with a pair of $100 million grossing films; Liar Liar, and The Truman Show.

    Carrey’s problem is that he isn’t happy being a comedian, he always wants more, and when he tries for more, he has a hard time rebounding. After a more serious role in Simon Birch, and the Andy Kauffman biopic Man on the Moon both bombed at the box office, he made a return to comedy with Me, Myself, and Irene and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. But again, he wasn’t satisfied.

    The Majestic was to be the movie to show the world that he was a serious actor. Prior to its opening, he was listed as one of the front runners for an Oscar nomination. Instead the movie faltered with fans and critics alike, and he took some time off before returning to comedy, with his highest grossing film to date Bruce Almighty.

    The last few years have seen Carrey trying to find a balance between the movies he wants to make, and the movies people want to see. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was a hit with critics, less with movie goers; Lemony Snicket was a hit more for the book it was based on, than his acting ability; and Fun with Dick and Jane was a hit, though less than his previous films.

    His last movie was The Number 23, another of his attempts to show his dramatic chops, and another one of his failures.

    Carrey is insistent on showing the public that he can be a serious actor, and they are equally insistent on proving that they want only to see him as a comedian. Only time will tell if he is ever truly able to find the balance that makes movie goers as happy as he is.

    Career Watch: Jim Carrey:
    http://blog.moviefone.com/2010/04/22/career-watch-jim-carrey/

    From the start, Canadian Carrey boasted boyish charm, rubber limbs, energy to burn and a nasty streak, all in evidence on TV’s ‘In Living Color’ and ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ and its sequel, ‘When Nature Calls.’ Carrey earned $7 million and delivered another surprise hit with the Farrelly brothers’ $15-million comedy ‘Dumb & Dumber.’ After his cackling Riddler in ‘Batman Forever,’ he scored a controversial first-ever $20-million payday for ‘The Cable Guy,’ which opened to almost $20 million — but dropped like a stone, topping out at $102-million worldwide.

    That led Carrey to seek studio tentpoles worthy of his asking price, from ‘Liar, Liar’ ($302.7 worldwide) to ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ ($345 worldwide) and his career peak, ‘Bruce Almighty’ (485 million worldwide). Unusually, Carrey doesn’t like to repeat himself on sequels: ‘The Mask,’ ‘Dumb & Dumber’ and ‘Bruce Almighty’ sequels all went ahead without him. Career Watch is a new bi-weekly column by veteran film reporter and Moviefone guest-blogger Anne Thompson. Every other week, Thompson will look at the career of a major Hollywood star, analyze the moves they’ve made thus far and offer career advice on where they could or should head from here. This week: comic star Jim Carrey.

    Signature line: “Somebody stop me.” In 1994, Jim Carrey shot out of ‘The Mask’ like a cannon — and while the bouncy physical comedian has lost velocity, he’s still airborne.

    Career Peaks: From the start, Canadian Carrey boasted boyish charm, rubber limbs, energy to burn and a nasty streak, all in evidence on TV’s ‘In Living Color’ and ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ and its sequel, ‘When Nature Calls.’ Carrey earned $7 million and delivered another surprise hit with the Farrelly brothers’ $15-million comedy ‘Dumb & Dumber.’ After his cackling Riddler in ‘Batman Forever,’ he scored a controversial first-ever $20 million payday for ‘The Cable Guy,’ which opened to almost $20 million — but dropped like a stone, topping out at $102 million worldwide. That led Carrey to seek studio tentpoles worthy of his asking price, from ‘Liar, Liar’ ($302.7 worldwide) to ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ ($345 worldwide) and his career peak, ‘Bruce Almighty’ (485 million worldwide). Unusually, Carrey doesn’t like to repeat himself on sequels: ‘The Mask,’ ‘Dumb & Dumber’ and ‘Bruce Almighty’ sequels all went ahead without him.

    Awards Attention: Carrey has been nominated for six Golden Globes, and won two back-to-back, for 1998′s ‘The Truman Show’ and, a year later, ‘Man on the Moon.’ Both earned the star glowing reviews, but still no Oscar nomination — nor did the Academy come through for Michael Gondry’s success d’estime ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.’

    Latest Misfire: Carrey’s attempt to go indie, the $13-million romantic comedy ‘I Love You Philip Morris,’ set off no rockets at Sundance or Cannes in 2009; a year later the gay-themed rom-com about a con man who falls for fellow inmate (Ewan McGregor) in prison had been delayed indefinitely; its backer, Luc Besson’s Europa Corp, is seeking a new distributor. “This has another Jim Carrey bomb written all over it,” wrote one blog commenter.

    Biggest Problem: Carrey is too old to play the goofy adolescent and seems loathe to abandon big-budget star vehicles, even though stars aren’t driving the gravy train anymore. Carrey’s attempts to stretch in dramatic roles haven’t connected with moviegoers, from the Capra-corny ‘The Majestic’ to the horrific ‘The Number 23.’ Becoming Tom Hanks or Jack Lemmon didn’t work for Carrey, who just isn’t beloved in the same way. Romantic leads are not his forte either; ‘Fun with Dick and Jane’ and ‘Yes Man’ earned modest returns. Carrey took a serious cut in his rate to get the latter film made, moving from a $20 million salary when Twentieth Century Fox put the film in turnaround because it was too pricey to a ground-breaking zero upfront vs. cash break back-end deal masterminded by his managers. Carrey also gave up his fee for Tim Burton’s ‘Ripley’s Believe it Or Not’ at Paramount, but then scotched the deal by demanding script changes. Carrey’s still attached with director Chris Columbus, but the project isn’t moving.

    Biggest Assets: In great shape at 48, Carrey is the most gifted physical comedian of his generation. He bungee-jumped off a bridge on ‘Yes Man,’ and played multiple roles in Robert Zemeckis’s performance-capture film ‘A Christmas Carol,’ which followed a familiar pattern of more than doubling its domestic gross overseas. Much like Eddie Murphy these days, Carrey does best behind a mask, transformed by makeup or animation in such family films such as ‘Horton Hears a Who!’ or ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ He popped as Ronald Reagan in Funny or Die’s reunion of ‘Saturday Night Live’ presidential impersonators.

    Current Gossip: Oddly, no sooner was Carrey gaining weight to play Curly in a ‘Three Stooges’ movie (that later stalled) and sharing that he was a grandfather on Twitter, than on April 6 he and five-year-girlfriend Jenny McCarthy both tweeted their break-up. Then @jimcarrey got into hot water for defending Tiger Woods. “No wife is blind enough to miss that much infidelity,” tweeted Carrey. “Elin had 2 b a willing participant on the ride 4 whatever reason. Kids/lifestyle.” He added: “I want 2 make it CLEAR that I do not condone infidelity at all, but 2 some degree the responsibility 4 it is shared by both people.” Soon he was being told to “tame my tweets a little,” and asking his 778,000 followers to cut him slack as he was “a little on edge.” As someone who confessed to bouts of depression on ’60 Minutes,’ Carrey’s Eckhart-Tollish spirituality spills into his tweets. This week @jimcarrey tweeted: “In a world where ‘sane’ often means ‘inauthentic,’ I’d prefer to be called madman!”

    Next Step: Carrey is announced for one movie after another that falls apart, from ‘The Three Stooges’ to a remake of the musical ‘Damn Yankees.’ He’s still attached to play the Ray Walston Devil role opposite ball player Jake Gyllenhaal; Adam Shankman exited, replaced by writer-director Todd Graff. ‘Butter’ is going ahead without Carrey: ‘Daily Show’ alum Rob Corrdry is in, opposite Jennifer Garner and Kate Hudson.

    Career Advice: “All Carrey has to do is step back into a role where he does that funny thing and he’s back,” says one producer. “He doesn’t have to do leading men. Audiences would welcome him.” He could also take notes from George Clooney: play his own age, look for strong comedy scripts and stop worrying about star vehicles with a big payday. (Because Clooney takes $1.5 million upfront in exchange for a piece of the gross, he can take more risks on a wide range of movies of varying budgets.) “Jim is very funny,” says one talent agent, “without being juvenile and making the crazy faces. He should look for smarter stuff with a bit of edge, with appeal to both teens and adults. Let him go do his thing and have a great second act to his career being brilliant at what he’s brilliant at doing.”

    Which Movies Helped Stars Fight Typecasting?:
    http://www.chacha.com/gallery/4965/which-movies-helped-stars-fight-typecasting/47141

    Jim Carrey

    No actor alive has been so deeply stuck in a typecast, even after winning a great critical acclaim when stretching his filmography, as Jim Carrey.

    He first attempted to break the typecast in Ben Stiller’s pitch black comedy, ‘The Cable Guy’ in 1996, but audiences had a hard time laughing at the sinister goings-on of the comedy. In the following years, Carrey won universal praise for his acting in ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘Man on the Moon,’ and the visionary masterpiece ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.’ Critical response was unanimously in favor of Carrey’s acting accomplishments, but mainstream audiences refused to accept any Jim Carrey other than the one who sticks to slapstick and bathroom humor. He even went so far as to try the horror thriller ‘The Number 23′ in 1997, but a slew of slapstick comedies and kids’ movies in recent years prove Jim Carrey is as still as typecast as ever.

    10 Comedy Actors Who Sucked In Serious Movies:
    http://whatculture.com/film/10-comedy-actors-who-sucked-in-serious-movies.php/10

    1. Jim Carrey – The Number 23

    Remember how I said there is nothing worse to watch than a good actor trying to invest a hokey premise with sincerity? Well, with The X-Files: I Want To Believe, at least there was a twisted logic to the story. Not so here – The Number 23 follows Walter Sparrow as he reads a book by an author called Topsy Kretts called “The Number 23″, whereupon he becomes convinced that the book’s main character is based upon himself and that is being hunted by the number 23.

    “Being hunted by the number 23, you say? What will the number do when it catches him?” It will be there, that’s what! You turn a corner and see a car registration plate, 23′s going to be on it! You buy a pot of paint from a shop? The letters, when matched to numerical correspondents, will add up to 23 when added up and divided appropriately! You go to the toilet to do a poo? You’ll end up reading page 3 of a magazine (think about it). Yes, the number will be everywhere you are, being there all over the place, making you notice it like…angry oxygen particles. Beware the number!

    The film spends an awful lot of time explaining in ugly cut scenes the exact manner in which 23 invades Sparrow’s life. But it never, ever, EVER explains in what manner it is actually a threat to anyone. I have watched the film too many times for my own good, and cannot see how the so-called “23 phenomenon” could ever be anything more than annoying. Paper cuts are annoying, but you don’t see Tom Hanks starring in a film about a man who notices the sharp edges of paper all around his house!

    It is the film’s complete failure to address this non-sequitor, coupled with Carrey’s completely unashamed performance of an man being driven insane by a number that renders this film quite so god awful. Carrey, as we all know, has been spectacular in serious movies; I personally consider The Truman Show to be one of the greatest movies ever made, and that is largely thanks to the perfection of casting Carrey as a man who would be worth watching 24/7. He is hilarious, stretchy, flexible, the rubber man! His impressions are spot on, his improvising ability astounding, his mastery of physical and verbal comedy is an absolute joy to watch. So why did he have to waste my time by appearing in something so utterly without merit? It isn’t even “so good, it’s bad!” It is like looking Satan in the face and saying “Is it my time yet?”

    Joyless, stupid, babbling crap of the lowest order, and Carrey knows better. Or so I think.

    But do you disagree? With this choice, or any of the choices? Have additions of your own? Have any stern admonitions you have to get off your bosoms? I’m all eyes.

    Why did the movie The Cable Guy nearly ruin Jim Carrey’s career?:
    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_did_the_movie_The_Cable_Guy_nearly_ruin_Jim_Carrey's_career

    Answer:
    For two reasons, I think. First, after this film was released, I think Carrey became dangerously close to being typecast. The physical comedy that he displayed in movies like Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber and The Mask made him a star. In The Cable Guy, we saw the same slapstick humor — the weird faces and poses and strange noises — turned into a parody of itself.

    It was almost like Jim Carrey spoofing Jim Carrey, and I think a lot of people were like, “Is this all he can do? Funny faces and weird noises?” It gave people the impression that Jim Carrey had no acting range, that he was incapable of playing anyone other than the same weirdo he played in Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber and The Mask. It was like he just kept playing the same character over and over again.

    The other problem was, this film was a lot darker than the movies he played before. The Mask, Dumb & Dumber and Ace Ventura were very lighthearted, goofy, feel-good movies, and The Cable Guy was not. A lot of people find this movie to be too disturbing and too depressing.

    His character just wasn’t lovable. He was sinister, and had a mean streak to him. I think a lot of people just hated the character. They expected another goofball comedy like Carrey’s earlier films, and instead they got something that was dark and very creepy. Instead of just a weirdo, Carrey’s character was a sociopath, and sociopaths are not funny at all.

    WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO JIM CARREY?:
    http://redforded.com/2012/11/what-ever-happened-to-jim-carrey/

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber are two of my favourite movies. OK, maybe not my favourite movies but certainly two of my favourite comedies of all time. Going to the cinema as a kid and seeing this plasticine-faced guy unashamedly overact and confidently work the screen was a refreshing experience for me. As an Australian I hadn’t had the chance to see him in the TV shows like In Living Color, so he was very new. My comedy memories up until the mid-nineties involved actors like John Candy, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks and Eddie Murphy. Of course they were great but Jim Carrey was different. His lack of fear in performing these absurd and hilarious characters was inspirational, and no doubt influenced countless comedians that followed. But sadly, these two movies would be the peak of his performances for me, and now Jim Carrey pretty much just churns out rubbish hit after rubbish hit. Part of me wants to know why.

    Yes, there was the cult classic The Cable Guy and the serious roles in The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind that earned him respect from the highbrow crowd, but most of the other stuff he’s done has been cookie-cutter crap. Liar Liar, Me, Myself & Irene, Bruce Almighty, Yes Man, Fun With Dick and Jane, I Love You Phillip Morris and Mr Popper’s Penguins are all the same movie. Which is fine. When you’re an actor with limited range, you’re going to get typecast. Oh, and there was Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls too. And The Mask. Also the second Dumb and Dumber movie has been announced, nearly twenty years after the original was released.

    Yes, he’s done a lot of sh** (Batman Forever anyone?) but it was The Number 23 that did for his career. Just take a look at Jim trying to convince people to go and see this ridiculous thriller about a number …

    I started to feel sorry for the guy when this came out. What was he thinking? Yes, he’d missed out on the Oscars for his serious roles but hey, he had the Golden Globes. He got the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. Move on. Do some more comedies and get into some more relationships with your leading ladies (he boofed pretty much all of them) and maybe you’ll get a chance to do serious roles when you’re older. Like Eddie Murphy did in that movie about singers. You can do that once you’ve grown up.

    I’m also worried about Jim because he’s been out of the spotlight for a while. The new kings of comedy (those Superbad people) are taking all the attention and Jim can be a sad guy. Apparently when he was younger his mother walked in on him fucking an armchair. During an interview on Oprah he looked genuinely alarmed when Daniel Stern said he was going to tell everyone a big secret about him. It turned out to be that Jim Carrey was actually a nice normal guy when the cameras were off. He also dated Jenny McCarthy for an unimaginably long period. The guy gets into slumps.

    Are the few TV roles and upcoming crappy looking sequels enough to keep his ego going? To satisfy it? I doubt it. A Charlie Sheen burnout could be on its way.

    Different Roles Aren’t Always Better: 15 Failed Attempts To Overcome Typecasting:
    http://styleblazer.com/113595/different-roles-arent-always-better-15-failed-attempts-to-overcome-typecasting/2/

    With Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Truman Show, audiences became very accepting of comedian Jim Carrey attempts as a dramatic actor. However, when he took the role of a family man who may be a serial killer in The Number 23, moviegoers saw an actor out of his depth in a bad suspense thriller. The film was out for a little over a month and walked away with a $32 million U.S. Box Office—barely above its budget.

    10 So-Called Comedy Actors Who Haven’t Made A Funny Movie In Years:
    http://whatculture.com/film/10-so-called-comedy-actors-who-havent-made-a-funny-movie-in-years.php/9

    3. Jim Carrey

    Last Genuinely Funny Movie: I Love You Phillip Morris (2008)

    Serious. Funny. Serious. Funny. Serious. Funny. You see that? That’s the range that Jim Carrey can play, assuring us that he’s a greatly talented actor who can make us laugh and cry. And yet lately we’ve been seeing this guy failing on both fronts – well, he’s making us cry, but for the wrong reasons entirely. So take a look at Jim’s filmography and you’ll have to go back four years to find a time when he was really cracking you up.

    I Love You Phillip Morris was a deftly underrated comic venture when it came out, and although it’s not going to have you breaking down into hysterics, it was a successful role for the man who brought us Stanley Ipkiss and Truman Burbank. But why did he opt to do that movie with the penguins, Mr. Popper’s Penguins? I mean, there was no way it was going to fly, was there? Which brings me to my next point: does Jim Carrey love penguins too much?

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    • Movies That Killed Comedy Careers:
      http://www.ugo.com/movies/movies-that-killed-comedy-careers-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas

      How The Grinch Stole Christmas

      When Jim Carrey’s good, he’s great, as evidenced by comedy classics like Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber and his breakout run on In Living Color, but when he’s bad, he’s simply an unbearable over-actor. While it would be easy to ridicule his recent bad film choices (Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Yes Man and Fun with Dick and Jane for example), it’s best we call out when his shtick really started to become grating. Namely, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. While it’s hard to blame the guy for getting stuck in a 2 hour movie based on a half hour TV special/children’s book, you’d think someone on set would’ve said, “Hey, Jim, let’s take it down several hundred notches, mkay?” at some point.

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    • The Battle For Relevancy: 15 Stars Struggling To Stay Popular:
      http://styleblazer.com/170465/the-battle-for-relevancy-15-stars-struggling-to-stay-popular/5/

      Much like Will Smith, Jim Carrey’s recent flop can be blamed on the actor playing it too safe. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone would have been a huge hit for the actor… in 1998. True to form, Carry will likely be bouncing back from the debacle with what appears to be a chameleon-like performance in Kick-A$$ 2. Unfortunately, the actor will reap little benefits of it thanks to having pulled his support for the film due to the high level of gun violence the sequel contains. Instead the rubber-faced performer will be throwing himself into Dumb and Dumber To, a sequel that will be arriving almost two decades too late but could very well capitalize on the cult success of the original. That is, if it’s actually good…

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    • Welcome to iEpicTop5 in this Video I talk about Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Jim Carrey Anymore. Jim Carrey has appeared in many countless films over the years such as Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, The Grinch, Liar Liar Bruce Almighty and many more. But after Dumb and Dumber 2 he hasn’t appeared in anything since. Why is this?

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      • “But after Dumb and Dumber 2 he hasn’t appeared in anything since. Why is this?”

        Let’s try this lot for starters :
        – exec producing TV series ‘I’m Dying Up Here’
        – global premiere of ‘The Bad Batch’ due in Venice in the next week (minor role)
        – major role in ‘True Crimes;; filming wrapped, dunno release date

        All of which was known (excl. release dates) before that vid was posted to YouTube.

        Plus, of course, he’s loaded, & never needs to work again unless he fancies it.

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  7. Cameron Diaz will probably be coming relatively soon. I’ve actually received a lot of requests for her. In retrospect, Carrey was less of an ideal candidate than I thought when I started the article. As I stated in the article, there were several movies he made that I assumed were flops or disappointments that were actually financially successful. But even so, I stand by the choice. There is a perception that he has fallen from great heights. And while his situation isn’t as dire as many believe, he isn’t at the top of his career anymore. Many times, perception is reality.

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    • The Star Market: Is Bad Teacher a Good Move for Cameron Diaz?

      http://www.vulture.com/2011/06/star_market_cameron_diaz.html

      Some Hollywood actresses radiate ambition and have their futures optimistically mapped out from the get-go, but not Cameron Diaz. In 1995, coming off of her debut in The Mask, Diaz laughingly predicted to Movieline that her career would fizzle out within months. Two years later, it hadn’t, and when the magazine went back to ask why Diaz was playing supporting parts in movies like My Best Friend’s Wedding, she was still self-effacing: “I don’t ever want my name to be the first over the title.” Suffice it to say, Diaz has loosened her stance on marquee billing since, and this weekend’s comedy Bad Teacher will test her twice over: Pundits will be scrutinizing its box office in the wake of a potential female-comedy trend advanced by Bridesmaids, but they’ll also be analyzing the movie as a sign of the 39-year-old Diaz’s solo star power. For more insight into her unlikely but successful career, we asked industry insiders one simple question: If Cameron Diaz were a stock, would you buy, sell, or hold?

      Stock History: At age 21, then-model Diaz was coaxed into auditioning for the female lead in The Mask opposite rising star Jim Carrey, and after nearly a dozen callbacks, she won the role despite having no prior acting experience. In the following years, Diaz made good on her initial plans to keep a low profile, eschewing big-studio fare for indies like She’s the One and Feeling Minnesota, but the one-two punch of My Best Friend’s Wedding and (most pivotal) There’s Something About Mary cemented her as a late-nineties superstar.

      Though she was unexpectedly winning as John Cusack’s deglamorized wife in 1999’s Being John Malkovich, Diaz left the indie realm behind in the aughts and quickly set up two lucrative franchises, the long-lived Shrek series and the fast-burning Charlie’s Angels, which netted her a $20 million paycheck for its 2003 sequel. Since then, she’s worked mainly in comedies like What Happens in Vegas and Bad Teacher, though she makes the occasional foray into drama, most notably in Martin Scorsese’s 2002 period piece Gangs of New York.

      Peers: Reps say she’s ahead of Jennifer Lopez (41) and Kate Hudson (who’s 32, but regularly plays roles much more senior than her actual years), and behind more versatile actresses like Jennifer Garner (39), Naomi Watts (42), and Sandra Bullock (46).

      Market Value: Diaz’s highest-grossing live-action credit is still There’s Something About Mary (at $176 million), though the Shrek movies were among the first animated films to sell celebrity voice-overs as the main attraction, and Diaz deserves some credit for their massive box-office returns. Her résumé has a few flops and underperformers (the 2002 box-office bust of the R-rated The Sweetest Thing should give pause to Bad Teacher’s producers), but when it comes to comedy, she’s actually got a better financial track record than a peer like Reese Witherspoon, owing to sleepers like the recent $80 million grosser What Happens in Vegas.

      What Hollywood Thinks: There’s a reason that Diaz is still at the top of most studio comedy wish lists. “She’s a gorgeous and fearless physical comedienne — and there are so few of them,” says one talent rep.

      Her sunny public persona is a plus, too. “She can do no wrong, as far as I’m concerned,” says one top publicist. “I love her so much, I’m not sure I can speak objectively. She comes across as warm, funny, charismatic — and she is, too. I still consider her a huge star; plus, she’s on the cover of Cosmo. You have to sell [issues] if you’re on that magazine.” She also actively works to keep the “down-to-earth dream girl” persona that she carved out in Something About Mary. On Letterman this week, she told an anecdote about feeding popcorn to her all-star boyfriend Alex Rodriguez while in a luxury box at the Super Bowl, but tried to make it seem like the everyday tale of a gal annoyed with her boyfriend for eating her food.

      Still, there remains the perception that Diaz’s career has lost some luster, and according to one rep we spoke to, the problem becomes more apparent if you look at her earlier credits: “On the one hand, for ten of the last fifteen years, she was working with the best and hottest directors around.” Indeed, while more than a few of her gold-plated projects fizzled in the nineties, her filmography still featured a who’s who of modern directors: Danny Boyle’s A Life Less Ordinary, Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the Farrelly Bros.’ There’s Something About Mary, Peter Berg’s Very Bad Things, Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich, Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, and Curtis Hanson’s In Her Shoes.

      But that last one was half a dozen years ago. More recently it’s been Shrek and, well, mostly dreck: The Holiday, My Sister’s Keeper, and (dare we even say its title aloud?) The Box, which has ignominiously entered the record books as one of the most-loathed pictures in the history of CinemaScore audience research. And while Tom Cruise took most of the blame for last summer’s tepid action-comedy Knight and Day, its underperformance did still little to help Diaz. So what to do now? “You have Bad Teacher work, is what you do,” jokes one agent.

      Regardless of how it performs, that agent and several others agree that making the Jake Kasdan comedy — which Sony insists cost a mere $18 million — was a wise move, because not only was it a well-regarded script, but “it shows she’s willing to take a hit on her quote and not just do some bad movie to do a movie [that pays well].”

      The Analysis: Continues the agent: “It might be time to diversify. I’d have her start a production company, and make a lot of TV. Now, especially with so few movies being made, it’s important that not everything be riding on one movie. Seriously, look at Will Smith, and for that matter, look at Mark Wahlberg — he’s gone from being ‘just’ an actor and become a real producer, too.”

      Another rep says that diversification is fine, but retaining your imprimatur as an actor who knows from great material is what makes such diversification possible in the first place.

      “We’ll know a lot more [about her prospects] after Bad Teacher opens,” says that rep, “but the business is tough on women getting to be her age. I actually would put her back in some of the indie stuff she’d started out doing. That could be the way back.”

      The latter is what we’d recommend for Diaz. We understood why she wanted to make The Box — hey, we liked Donnie Darko too! — but as his shaky follow-ups have proven, Richard Kelly isn’t quite on the level of her earlier auteurs. It’s promising that her next project is Gambit, a caper comedy with Colin Firth, but we’d suggest that Diaz find a good drama, too. Though out of place in Gangs of New York, she was terrific and rightfully award-nominated for her roles in Being John Malkovich and Vanilla Sky (and perhaps should have been for the underseen In Her Shoes). With the right indie role, she could give her career a major shot of momentum.

      The Bottom Line: We like Diaz’s beach babe “whatever” attitude; it’s part of her charm that she bats off man-eating cougar headlines by leaning into that perception in films like Bad Teacher and The Green Hornet. Still, as she nears 40, a long-term plan might be nice. Diaz’s stock is still relatively robust, but who can predict its future when the actress herself would answer that prognostication with a casual shrug?

      Buy/Sell/Hold: Weak hold.

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      • There’s Something Puzzling About Mary:
        http://www.pajiba.com/career_assessments/cameron-diaz-career-assessment.php

        Subject: Cameron Michelle Diaz, 37-year old American actress/former model

        Date of Assessment: May 21, 2010

        Positive Buzzwords: Bankability, longevity, able to burp on command

        Negative Buzzwords: Overrated, wtf?

        The Case: While I’m never particularly impressed at a “meh” declaration, I must confess to a surprisingly blasé attitude towards Cameron Diaz. She’s not particularly talented, nor is she terribly bright (that MTV eco-tourism special wherein Cameron declared her jealousy towards Drew Barrymore for taking the first “poo in the woods” comes to mind), but Diaz has enjoyed quite an enduring career since her acting debut in The Mask (1994). From there, Diaz has coasted upon a series of hits that have allowed her to build a rather deceptive box-office legacy. Undeniably, any actress would be awfully fortunate to have co-starred in projects with such heavyweight headliners as Jim Carrey (The Mask), Julia Roberts (My Best Friend’s Wedding), Drew Barrymore (Charlie’s Angels), and Tom Cruise (Vanilla Sky). Not to mention a certain franchise about a green ogre, which has consistently won over hundreds of millions of box office dollars, yet a vast majority of the audience (wee kidlets) never even realize that there are actors behind the characters.

        Certainly, Cameron’s resumé of late could be described in the following terms: “[H]ow shall we put this?… Shrek-heavy.” And really, how much effort has it taken for Diaz to fulfill these celebrity voice talent duties? There’s no official word on time required by her commitments for the Shrek movies; however, as a crude measuring stick, Angelina Jolie confessed to spending a mere 2 1/2 days on the Beowulf movie. Consider also that Diaz’s participation in the Shrek franchise has resulted in four movies’ worth of ungodly salaries ($3 million for the first installment, $10 million for the second, and so on).

        Diaz has connections, no doubt about it, and she lucked out for quite awhile by essentially playing variations upon the same character type (A Life Less Ordinary, She’s the One, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Very Bad Things, Feeling Minnesota, and The Sweetest Thing). The slightly bewildering aspect of all of this repetition is that, in more than one instance — Being John Malkovich and The Box — Diaz has shown herself capable of stepping outside the romcom (for lack of a better word) box. However, the Golden Globe nomination she received for the former film can be swiftly counterbalanced with the mixed reviews she received for her peformance in the latter. After all, Diaz did receive the “There’s Always Waitressing Award” for Worst Actress in The Box, which sat on studio shelves for a few years before receiving a begrudging release and a rather embarrassing $15 box office take.

        These days, Diaz simply could not open a movie on her own star power (and, as mentioned already, it’s debatable whether she’s ever done so). In some cases, she can’t open the movie with help from fellow A-listers Jude Law and Kate Winslet or with fading eye candy such as Ashton Kutcher. And were it not for the Shrek franchise’s success, Diaz’s worth would have fallen off the Hollywood radar long ago. As a live-action marquee name, her last five years of movies — My Sister’s Keeper, In Her Shoes, The Holiday, and The Box — were all underperformers, and even the seemingly reliable formulaic romcom, What Happens in Vegas, failed to measure up to Diaz’s (also formulaic) outings of yesteryear.

        Still, it’s rather difficult to get a grasp upon exactly how the theatergoing public feels about Cameron Diaz. The only movie that Diaz has opened largely on her own star power was 1998’s There’s Something About Mary. Admittedly, she shined in this role, but a lot of that movie’s success also came from word-of-mouth (“beans and franks”) publicity about the Farrelly brothers’ home-run (one of their only such wins) of politically-incorrect humor. One cannot help but conclude that Diaz has gotten away with a rather successful acting career but spent very little time doing any actressin’ at all.

        Prognosis: For now, aside from this weekend’s release of Shrek Forever After, Diaz has returned to romcoms yet again. This time, she’s teaming up with another hopeful comeback kid, Tom “unhinged, lift-wearing midget” Cruise (again), for Knight and Day. In all likelihood, this joint venture will be successful and give Diaz a bit of a career boost. However, romcom queens are in plentiful supply, so I do forsee some serious downtime for Diaz in the not-too-distant future. She’d best save her millions, and it probably wouldn’t hurt if she signed autographs instead of (lecturing people) insulting those who ask for them.

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        • The Strange And Surprising Career Of Cameron Diaz:
          http://www.starpulse.com/news/Matthew_Newlin/2011/06/23/the_strange_and_surprising_career_of_c

          Cameron Diaz is anything but a predictable actor. This Friday, “Bad Teacher” opens and will showcase Diaz’s R-rated comedy skills opposite Justin Timerlake and Jason Segel, an alumnus of the Judd Apatow school of raunchy humor. Directed by Jake Kasdan (“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”), Diaz stars as the world’s worst teacher who would rather get high in her car than teach her kids anything. While most moviegoers see her as just a pretty face who pops up in mediocre films, Diaz has had an incredibly unique and varied career in Hollywood over the last two decades.

          Her breakthrough role came in 1994 in “The Mask” as Jim Carrey’s love interest Tina Carlyle. No one spoke much about her performance, but her sexuality and beauty were immediately noticed and could easily explain at least a small part of the movie’s $119 million gross. Surprisingly, after starring in one of the biggest movies of 1994, Diaz chose to follow it up with several independent features with varied results. She starred in the dark comedy “The Last Supper” which addressed ideological fanaticism and the dangers of taking politics too seriously. Then she gave a wonderful performance as the selfish, immature Heather in Edward Burns’ “She’s The One” which also starred Burns and Jennifer Aniston. In 1996, she appeared with Keanu Reeves in the misguided semi-road movie “Feeling Minnesota” which was the first real stumble in her young career.

          Diaz returned to mainstream Hollywood in 1997 in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” as the bride whose wedding Julia Roberts is trying to derail. Her naiveté and sweetness were contagious and added a great contrast to Roberts’ high-strung career woman character. It was the Farrelly Brothers, though, that made Diaz an international superstar, however, in the 1998 gross-out comedy “There’s Something About Mary.” In the movie, Diaz showed off not only her comedy skills, but her ability to hold her own in any boys club in town.

          Over the last ten years, Diaz has appeared in at least one film a year, on average, and has worked with some of the most respected directors in Hollywood:

          – “Being John Malkovich” (1999), Spike Jonze (director)

          – “Any Given Sunday” (1999), Oliver Stone (director)

          – “Vanilla Sky” (2001), Cameron Crowe (director)

          – “Gangs of New York” (2002), Martin Scorsese (director)

          – “In Her Shoes” (2005), Curtis Hanson (director)

          – “The Box” (2009), Richard Kelly (director)

          – “The Green Hornet” (2011), Michel Gondry (director)

          Diaz has also been a part of the “Shrek” franchise which has grossed over $1 billion collectively. She’s currently filming the heist movie “Gambit” with Colin Firth and Alan Rickman which was written by Joel and Ethan Coen, two of the most celebrated filmmakers of all time.

          Has every one of her films been a success? No. Has she had some bombs? Yes. But overall she is clearly a very intelligent performer who knows how to choose a project wisely which includes balancing big-budget comedies with serious indie films. She has had the chance to work with amazing actors and directors and though she is by no means next in line to win an Academy Award, her willingness to try new things is admirable and her refusal to be type casted is impressive and refreshing.

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        • Cameron Diaz: 5 Awesome Performances and 5 That Sucked:
          http://whatculture.com/film/cameron-diaz-5-awesome-performances-and-5-that-sucked.php

          Ah, Cameron Diaz. Given the fact that she’s tall, blonde and strikingly beautiful, perhaps it goes without saying that she began her career in the limelight as a model. It wasn’t long, however, before those fortunate looks landed her a fairly sizable role in her first major movie; The Mask.

          But it wasn’t only those fortunate looks that allowed her to return to center stage Hollywood again and again; she quickly proved with her turns in My Best Friend’s Wedding, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, There’s Something About Mary and Being John Malkovich (amongst others) that she had a keen dramatic ability, a wonderfully likeable quality and a fantastic sense of comic timing.

          Camer0n Diaz has been enjoying repeated exposure on the silver screen for years now; in the time she’s been with us, she’s risen effortlessly to the upper echelons of the Hollywood food chain, become one of the highest paid working actresses on the block.

          But it’s not all metaphysical mind-doors and sperm gel. Like most actors and actresses, Diaz hasn’t always managed to avoid the odd turkey or two on her road to international superstardom.

          With her new movie, Gambit, opening in theaters this week, it’s time we had a look back at Diaz’s the high points -and of course the low points – of Diaz’s career so far.

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    • 10 Actresses Who Could Use a Career Reboot:
      http://whatculture.com/film/10-actresses-who-could-use-a-career-reboot.php/3

      8. Cameron Diaz

      I can’t come up with a performer, male or female, who has had as many notable close-but-no-cigar moments with Oscar. After being nominated for four Golden Globes and three SAG Awards, Cameron STILL missed Oscar nods for Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky and Gangs of New York. We know Cameron can act… I’m just not sure she knows it.

      After her golden period of not only critical success, but also commercial stardom (There’s Something About Mary ignited the world’s love for her, and rightfully so) she decided it’d be a good idea to throw things at us like What Happens in Vegas, My Sister’s Keeper, and, most egregiously, The Box. After that travesty, I don’t blame her for hiding away in The Green Hornet and hoping nobody noticed. Well, Cameron… I noticed.

      Is there hope for her yet?: Yes. Loads of it. I will not pretend like What To Expect When You’re Expecting treated her well… in fact, she was probably the worst part. However, last summer’s Bad Teacher proved an adept career move. Not exactly the explosion it could have been, but she went all out, and audiences and critics loved it, if not the movie it was attached to. Her upcoming projects couldn’t be any better: Gambit, written by none other than the Coen Brothers, and The Counselor, written by Cormac McCarthy and directed by Ridley Scott. With a one-two punch like that, I would be shocked if Cameron wasn’t on her way to a career renaissance.

      My suggestion: Cameron has got to remember what made her successful: her charm and willingness to go all out. She should stay on the road, stick with the respected names (her best performances have come from the likes of Spike Jonze, Cameron Crowe, and Martin Scorsese… not a total coincidence), and if she’s going to branch out, she should do something that’s all about her, like Bad Teacher… not something that’s about a demon box or Abigail Breslin’s cancer.

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    • 12 Terrible Movies That Killed An Actor’s Winning Streak:
      http://whatculture.com/film/12-terrible-movies-that-killed-an-actors-winning-streak.php/4

      1. The Box – Cameron Diaz

      The Streak: Cameron Diaz had one hell of a streak starting in 2001, beginning with animated classic Shrek and following up with consecutive hits in Vanilla Sky, The Sweetest Thing (though this one was a near-miss at the box office), Gangs of New York, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, two Shrek sequels, In Her Shoes, The Holiday, What Happens in Vegas and My Sister’s Keeper. Some of her successes were more modest than others, but she proved she had sizable pulling power with audiences throughout.

      The Film That Broke It: Richard Kelly’s third feature was yet another disappointment from the Donnie Darko director, adapting Richard Matheson’s short story with an intriguing build-up but failing to deliver a thrilling pay-off. Audiences also weren’t used to seeing Diaz in dramatic roles such as this, so that could arguably have contributed to the meager $32.9 million box office haul against a $30 million budget, just barely breaking even.

      Current Status: Diaz survived it just fine, with a fourth Shrek film, Bad Teacher, The Other Woman and Sex Tape all proving her box office worth. With Bad Teacher 2 in the works at the moment, she’s surely due another smash hit.

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    • Cameron Diaz.

      https://www.datalounge.com/thread/17557056-cameron-diaz.-

      She’s a real arrested development case. She acted like a ditsy teenager way past being one. It worked in some roles, like In Her Shoes — but it’s not cute anymore.

      —Anonymous

      reply 55 minutes ago

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  8. i think you’re both right. he’s a box office draw but it’s for the PG/PG13 audience. The WTHHT question is why and how he was not able to duplicate the Tom Hanks dramatic versatility.

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    • I think I’ve been pretty up front about the fact that I have expanded the focus of the series to the point where the title is almost besides the point. Sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake. But eventually, I noticed that WTHH articles drove at least 10x more traffic than anything else. And they only get more popular over time. So I decided to focus my energies on that to get as much bang for the buck as I can out of my blogging efforts.

      At this point, I’ll cover any career that has a rise and a fall. Which is pretty much any body. Preferably they have some kind of dramatic hook.

      Is it selling out? Sure. Do I care? Not really, no. If the demand is there, I don’t mind being the supplier. Even if it means changing rules that were always kind of meaningless.

      In Carrey’s case, I think there are a few things you can ask WTHH about. Why didn’t his dramatic career succeed? Why is he shifting to supporting roles? Many think he has already torpedoed his career. After researching, I don’t agree with that. But he’s certainly harmed his career. So WTHH there?

      Or you can just look at it as an article about Jim Carrey’s career and disregard the title. At one point, I had a series on current stars. But keeping the two separate wasn’t as effective as just posting everything under WTHH. So, there ya go.

      Honestly, I don’t get why people want to argue with me about who does or does not qualify for the series. It’s my series. If I write them up, they qualify! 😉

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      • You’ve hit the nail on the head with this comment. I often ask myself whether or not the term “A-list” still means anything. I think to some extent, it still carries weight. Cruise and Depp are still A-list. But the lines have blurred. It’s harder and harder to tell anymore as pre-sold concepts drive attendance. I could (and probably will eventually) write a long piece on what that is doing to the movies. (I’m especially interested in the failure of The Lone Ranger and how Disney has learned the wrong lesson from it).

        A while ago, we talked about some comments from Spielberg and Lucas who predicted that the industry would implode and reinvent itself. I’m not so sure I agree with their predictions for the future. But I do agree with the dire assessment of the industry’s current state as you have outlined. Studios are playing a high stakes game these days where every movie costs too much and everything hinges on the opening weekend. The end result is a lot of bad movies loaded with CGI. They all feel the same. Audiences are going to grow tired of these loud, noisy, empty franchises eventually and then the studios will have some costly bombs on their hands.

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  9. Excellent as usual (which is a contradiction, I know), LeBeau. After all these WTHHT, I am wondering if it is maybe more interesting to analyze how and why some careers are still high and running. For example, why Brad Pitt and George Clooney are still A-list? What did they do right? Which mistakes did they avoid?

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    • Excellent point as usual. (I hadn’t thought about that being a contradiction but you are right.)

      I have heard some people claiming Brad Pitt was over before WWZ hit it big. I thought it was rubbish, but that opinion was out there.

      You’re right that we kind of take on-going careers as a given. If someone is succeeding, you just expect them to keep on succeeding indefinitely.

      In Clooney’s case, the part of his career that interests me the most is his immediate reaction to the failure of Batman and Robin. He said, I’m rich now. I never need to work again. So I’m only going to make movies I want to make.

      The result was that he made better quality movies and was more successful as a result. I think that’s why Clooney has had the longevity he has.

      It’s harder to identify why success continues because it is a maintenance of the status quo. It’s easier to identify when things change either for better or for worse. Most of the time, I can identify when an actor hit it big. Locating exactly where things went bad can be trickier.

      Interesting question though.

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      • I think that people were perhaps easier or quicker to forgive George Clooney when compared to the other principal players “Batman & Robin” (only Chris O’Donnell has yet to get his own WTHHT) because Clooney was up front w/ his disappointment w/ the final product. I also think that’s why somebody (on the female side) like Sandra Bullock has been able to stay around for so long because Bullock will be up front when she makes a terrible movie (e.g. “Speed 2” and “All About Steve”) and other or not she mainly did it for the money.

        Incidentally, going back to the subject of Jim Carrey, based on what Joel Schumacher alluded to on the DVD commentary for “Batman & Robin” it seems like Carrey may have more than likely been inadvertently/indirectly responsible for some of the worse elements in that movie (i.e. the aggressively cheesy or obnoxious sense of humor):
        http://www.agonybooth.com/movies/Batman___Robin_1997_Recap_Supplement.aspx

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  10. the decline of Jim Carrey’s comedy career is because, I think that he started to look to old for the silly roles talking out of his butt ,that made him famous.That is why He probably took the more dramatic roles and family friendly roles.

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    • I think age is definitely a factor. For a young guy to act like an idiot is one thing. A middle aged man doing the same thing starts to look sad. Just look at the video of Carrey pleading with Emma Stone to love him. Very few comedians age gracefully. But Carrey’s style of comedy had a clear expiration date. At the very least, he needed to transition beyond talk out of his butt.

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  11. I’ve always felt that Carey in particular resonated with my age group because most of his movies attract teens and young children. I grew up watching movies like “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Bruce Almighty”, “Dumb and Dumber”, etc… But then I found his older work in “In Loving Color” and I loved it! He played the overtly gay guy and had several skits with Jamie Foxx’s Wanda that were hilarious.

    I think his problem is that he relies on weak comedy or perhaps chooses movie roles where he can use cheap jokes in favor of a check. I sat through “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” thinking how much he looked uncomfortable and how terrible that movie was. He can move his face in a thousand ways, but he doesn’t use the comedy skills he used at the beginning of his career. He has a reputation as a funny guy, but he could seriously increase his popularity with a comedy show. Robin Williams and Bob Saget (Not the best example) have been using their comedy tours to stay in the public eye.

    And he also seems bat s!$t crazy recently. When he was younger, he seemed like the cool funny dude you would want to hang out. Now his age is showing him as that creepy neighbor who stares too long at young girls. Jenny McCarthy’s views on vaccines is inane and very dangerous. Sadly, she is a public figure who espouses her beliefs on other people through outlets such as T.V and Carey. When Carey started talking about vaccines, my respect factor for him decreased. As a public figure, you have a certain public responsibility not to urge fans and followers to follow dangerous practices. It’s scary that there are thousands of people who will listen to these people and not vaccinate their kids from potentially life threatening illnesses. McCarthy is an aging former Playboy bunny who doesn’t have anything else to do except talk about the dangers about vaccines to get attention and money. Now that they’ve broken up, I wonder if he still shares her beliefs. And denouncing

    I think his dramatic roles were terrific. I wish A Series of Unfortunate Events had a sequel because the movie was quite good and Carey really shined through. Even his role in Burt Wonderstone was great. He could start acting in dramatic movies with current A List actors. He also has the advantage of being a box office draw but his outbursts could hinder him.

    I know you said Cameron Diaz would be good candidate, (she’s slowing down) but Matt Dillon’s number one on that poll, and I saw a trailer for his new movie that came out this year. I’m pretty sure most people haven’t heard of it. And he used to be date Cameron Diaz:) I always thought he would be a bigger star than he is now but I guess the fates didn’t align themselves. He’s incredibly good looking for his age, arguably a good actor, and has dated a bevy of beautiful women. He’s been working since the 80’s and he’s still not a big star. So the question must be asked: What the Hell Happened to Matt Dillon?

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    • For a while, I was following the poll results to choose subjects. Recently, I’ve veered off as there have been a few I really wanted to write about. I have one more “write-in” candidate to cover and then I will probably return to the poll results for a while. Sometimes I like to do that to let the newer additions to the poll catch up with the folks who have been on for a while. But the question of WTHH to Matt Dillon will be answered soon.

      From your comments, I’m guessing you are younger than me. I watched In Living Color when it was new. I was in college which was the perfect age for a show that was considered edgy at the time. But Carrey didn’t really stand out to me on the cast. Fire Marshall Bill was funny. But I thought Vera di Milo was gross and stupid. I didn’t really have strong opinions one way or another about Ace Ventura. I laughed at parts but there were long stretches that weren’t funny. I did enjoy The Mask and Dumb and Dumber quite a bit, but never considered myself a fan.

      Carrey showed a lot of promise as a dramatic actor, but nothing really came of it. After a couple of disappointments, he retreated into kids films. I think that leads to the perception that he is washed up like Eddie Murphy.

      Social media has not been good to Carrey as it has allowed him to air his erratic behavior. It used to be that Carrey could be “crazy” in public. But now it’s too damn easy for him to look nutty in public. Someone should probably take away his Twitter account for his own good.

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      • I agree- Vera de Milo was disgusting. My favorites on the show were Tommy Davidson, Jamie Foxx, and Jim Carrey. My personal favorites are the overtly gay guy, mr. rogers, fire marshall bill, and the environmental dude. Ironically, weird creepy characters were hilarious when he was a young guy but if he played Mr. Roger’s now, it would be uncomfortable. The show was a complete genius in general and the actors excelled in it.

        Young Jim Carrey is sort of like young Eddie Murphy. Talented and eager in their youth, then relegated into kid movies during their middle age years. Both tried to do serious drama work and were not very successful. Then they went back to the kid movies, tried more serious work, and finally decided to make a remake of an earlier hit movie. (I have no clue on whether or not Murphy is doing anything like that but I think he’s talked about another Beverly Hills Cop).

        All the comedians pretty much end in kid movies after a while. And few make it into serious acting for a long haul. Robin Williams can pretty much play any character he would like to. He’s also a comedian and has done kid movies (Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin). The difference is that he has had success at serious movies and is an incredible actor. When I watch Dead Poets Society, I don’t see him as Robin Williams. I see him as the character he’s portraying. But Carrey and Murphy are not really able to shake off their comedic status. But for Carrey, I really can’t see him as anything else other than the dude from Dumb and Dumber. The public is not able to perceive Carrey or other comics as anything but comedians. When they try to be serious, their movies fail drastically because no one wants to see Carrey do anything else.

        Why was Robin Williams able to attract audiences with his dramatic roles in the 80s and 90s? I know you did a WTHH for him already, but it’s pretty fascinating that he’s one of the only comics able to have success in drama. His career has pretty much tanked now, but it is interesting how he was able to successfully appear

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        • There are a handful of actors who successfully made the transition from comic actor to dramatic actor. Williams is the most direct comparison to Carrey. But Tom Hanks and Michael Keaton both started as zany comic actors before becoming known primarily for dramas. These days, Bill Murray walks the line between comedian and dramatic actor. It’s a difficult trick to pull off. I’m not sure why some have been so much more successful than others. But I think a big part of Carrey’s problem was that he started off so associated with physical humor that he was trapped by it. His fans just wanted him to keep doing the same stuff. And fans of dramas didn’t want to accept him either.

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        • I’m more familiar with Hanks as a serious actor. The only comedic movie I’ve seen of his is Joe vs. The Volcano which we wore out on VCR. I was actually never aware that he was a comedic actor so I’ll have to check out some of his older movies. Same thing with Keaton: He’ll always be the First Batman to me since that was the first time I watched a movie in theaters. Any particular Hanks movies you would recommend?

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        • people are going to laugh at me… but if I can chime in… been a Tom Hanks fan before he was a movie star, ever since he starred in the sitcom “Bosom Buddies” along with Peter Scolari. it was only on the air for 2 seasons. Basic premise; the guys posing as women to be able to live in an affordable all women apartment building. honestly it was a really good sitcom…. it was hilarious due to the wildly talented cast… don’t be swayed because it didn’t stay on the air.. remember there were quality sitcoms in those years that bit the dust. networks kept messing with their time slots etc. I’d take any of them instead of the shlock on TV today! but anyway you can definitely see there how Hanks got his start as a comic actor.

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        • I can’t believe my parents let me watch Bosom Buddies when I was a kid because they were extremely strict. I remember my dad turning off episodes of Family Ties he considered “inappropriate”. And yet, I did watch Bosom Buddies. It wasn’t a great show. The second season was a pretty big drop in quality from the first. But Hanks’ star power was obvious. He made the show. Scolari was also good as a TV straight man. But you could tell Hanks was going to be huge.

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        • I loved TGIF! I watched every episode of family ties as a child but I never saw anything you can deem inappropriate. Bosom Buddies sounds hilarious so I’ll try seeing it on Netflix or something.

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        • There may be some confusion. Family Ties was on Thursday nights on NBC. I think you’re thinking of Family Matters on TGIF. Family Ties starred Michael J Fox.

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        • I always seem to mix the two up! I used to watch reruns of Family Ties and watch TGIF with Family Matters.

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        • See I watched Family Ties when it was new and was in college during the whole TGIF thing. So I missed that completely.

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        • You must be young! Or at least younger than me. In the 80s, Hanks and Keaton were known primarily for comedies. Both turned to dramas in the mid to late 80s. I am a big fan of Joe Vs. the Volcano. If you want to see Hanks’ comedy career, Splash is about as good as it gets. Bachelor Party is a cult favorite of some (I’ve never paid much attention to it.) The Money Pit and The Burbs are both watchable. If you want to see just how zany Hanks used to be, try to find an episode of Bosom Buddies, the TV show where he dressed in drag. Big and A League of Their Own were both transitional roles where he slowly switched from comedy to drama.

          As for Keaton, check out Nightshift and Beetlejuice. He’s hysterical in both. And Multiplicity is under-rated.

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        • I was born in the late 80’s but was effectively a 90’s kid. I missed their whole comedic careers as well as the wacky music videos on MTV. I watched reruns of the Beetlejuice cartoons as well as the real movie but I never knew he was in there. Winona Ryder used to be my favorite actress growing up so I didn’t pay much attention to Beetlejuice, I’m afraid. I’ll have to see the movie again since I was 5-6 when I first saw it. I’ve seen A League of Their Own, Big, and Splash on TV, but I guess I never equated him as a comedic actor? I grew up seeing more dramatic movies from him so I’ve always perceived him as a dramatic actor. . My dad is a huge Hanks fan and bought every VHS of his movies that came out in the 90s. But then he threw away his VHS player in favor of a DVD player and refuses to pay money to convert the VHS to DVDs. But I will check out the other movies as well as Bosom Buddies. Thanks!

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        • Definitely rewatch Beetlejuice. Keaton’s performance is one of the great comedic performances on the decade. He steals the movie in roughly 20 minutes of screen time.

          Hanks’ comedy career started off with a bang with Splash. But it actually didn’t go very well. He had a lot of flops like The Man With One Red Shoe and Volunteers. There was a time when it looked like his career was over.

          After Bonfire of the Vanities, he made a decision to reshape his career. He got very selective about his projects. A League of Their Own was a very important movie in Hanks’ transition from comedic actor to dramatic actor.

          Eventually, his successes as a dramatic actor eclipsed his early work as a comic actor. So audience members like yourself who weren’t around during his zany days probably don’t realize he used to be seen primarily as a funny man.

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        • 1) Was Robin Williams ever as big a *cinematic* comedy star as Jim Carrey? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the guy – my first ever TV crush, I’m eternally proud to say – but surely his comedy success was primarily TV and stand-up? I can’t honestly think of many comedy films he’s been in compared to serious. But then, I’m in the UK, so maybe the release focus isn’t the same.

          2) 2 Golden Globes for drama + “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” are blinding giveaways that Carrey can do drama as well as anyone. Your statement:
          > “But for Carrey, I really can’t see him as anything else other than the dude from Dumb and Dumber. The public is not able to perceive Carrey or other comics as anything but comedians. When they try to be serious, their movies fail drastically because no one wants to see Carrey do anything else.”
          says more about the audience than it does about him, doesn’t it?

          3) I don’t recall ever seeing Eddie Murphy attempt a genuine dramatic role. If he has, sorry, but I missed it. He’s funny, yes, but he’s no particular actor. Superb stand-up, outstanding (and irreplaceable) in “Trading Places”, but I absolutely cannot remember him in anything remotely non-comedic.

          NB: you are correct that EM is considering another Beverly Hills installment; deadline.com has reported on it. The comments on their most recent story are apposite.

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        • Re: 3. Boomerang was a sort of comedy/dramatic role and Dreamgirls was his one straightforward dramatic role. He was up for an Oscar for it. He seemed to be on a solid track for the award. Then came Norbit and the ensuing backlash. We’ll never know for sure if that cost him the award. But it’s a likely possibility. After that, he focused his attention on family films for the remainder of the decade.

          As far as Jim Carrey goes, in some ways he fell into the same trap Mike Myers did: the comedic roles that brought him fame were so tied to a particular moment in time that they lose a lot of relevance as time goes on. I still enjoy The Mask and Liar Liar has its moments. But Dumb and Dumber has faded much the same way Wayne’s World did and I as never a huge fan of either Ace Ventura movie. His attempts at playing serious dramatic roles (aside from maybe The Majestic) were all popular with critics and a certain segment of the public. But were not box office smashes and in some ways I think he’s gotten too used to them. That’s true for Eddie Murphy as well, I’ve heard it rumored that he’s stated that while the Dreamgirls oscar would have looked nice on his mantle, he had to do Norbit for the money. Plus some of Carrey’s statements reveal that can be kind of a douchebag.

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        • I think that last sentence is a pretty big understatement.

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        • I did read an interview not so long ago (around the time of “… Phillip Morris”, IIRC) in which he said that the official career policy had always been to do the crowd pleasers and then intersperse the more interesting pieces, essentially to keep himself interested. If he was in hock to the box office hits alone, he’d have worked a lot more.

          But douchebag? I dunno. Utterly, completely misguided on the autism thing, I agree. Clearly thinking with whichever bits of him were in thrall to Jenny “University of Google” McCarthy rather than his brain. Yet I don’t think that makes him a douchebag, does it? Just an idiot in love, albeit one whose gf took advantage of her increased profile to plug her stupidity with him in tow. And who will never be able to live that down, which is a pity for the rest of his reputation.

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      • Jim Carrey: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked:
        http://whatculture.com/film/jim-carrey-5-awesome-performances-and-5-that-sucked-2.php

        Jim Carrey is without question one of the most famous comic actors in the history of movies, riding high in the mid-90s with his unforgettable turns in comic classics such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb & Dumber.

        He then opted to tend towards more serious fare intermingled with his comic forays, yet in recent years he has seen something of a career downturn, with his movies generally drawing modest critical and financial returns at best. Still, he’s pretty much the best thing in this week’s Kick-Ass 2 by a country mile…

        However, when writing this list, it struck me how many brilliantly iconic performances the man has, and whittling it down to just five proved quite a challenge. Though he’s also had his share of misses, it’s fair to say that his manic energy has made many a film watchable when in other hands it might have been terrible. Yet without any further ado, here are 5 awesome performances, and 5 that sucked…

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    • Jim Carrey’s rebound:
      http://www.laineygossip.com/Jim-Carreys-career-rebound/24483

      I was a big fan of Jim Carrey when I was a kid. In Living Color was one of my touchstones, one of my earliest influences and it (and Kids in the Hall–hands down, Canada’s most important cultural export besides Strange Brew) was one of the first things that made me want to be a comedian. I loved Carrey on that show. Fire Marshall Bill? Please. It’s still funny today. And I loved his early movies, especially Dumb & Dumber. I was twelve when Dumb & Dumber came out. I was the target audience.

      The problem Carrey has always had, despite doing solid-to-good dramatic work in movies like The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the widely unseen I Love You Phillip Morris, is that 1) people just don’t cotton to Dramatic Jim Carrey and 2) his audience has remained twelve years old. Carrey’s humor was always rooted in the juvenile, but eventually you have to figure out other ways of making people laugh besides talking with your ass or else it gets sad. There’s something especially depressing about a comic doing the same joke he used fifteen years ago on an audience that wasn’t even born when he first told the joke (see also: Adam Sandler).

      Carrey, no question, needs a comeback. Unless he wants to spend the rest of his life recycling Ace Ventura, he needs to find a way to redefine himself for audience. Last week we took a look at how Kevin Costner is reinventing himself for the second half of his career, and now it’s Jim Carrey’s turn. Deadline reports that he’s been approached about a small but important role in Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall (yes, that’s the title). Carrey is known to be a big fan of the original movie, so I’m sure on a personal level this is thrilling in a way I can’t comprehend, but professionally this is the kind of role he needs to be taking. He needs a distinctive character, very different from himself that he can use to reintroduce himself to

      Back in 1996 Carrey earned his first $20 million paycheck, for The Cable Guy. This is what fascinates me about this generation of movie stars—they all reached that pinnacle of success, commanding the biggest paychecks and the sweetest deals, only to see their influence and earnings drain away as the Movie Star died. I really don’t think any actor is worth $20 million up front, so I have zero issue with them making less these days, but I do find it interesting, watching this generation, the $20 million generation, re-strategize and prioritize their careers. I’m kind of obsessed with what they think about. Does it chap their ass to have to essentially start over in the middle of their career? It would have to, right?

      Carrey has his work cut out for him in terms of a comeback. He’s not working the same kind of good will as Costner, who made some seriously beloved movies (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 4 life). He’s already taken one smart move in the right direction, though, partnering with Steve Carell for the comedy Burt Wonderstone next year. Carell isn’t a box office guarantee but people like him. Joining Kick-Ass 2 would be another smart one, giving him some much-needed cool cred with younger, but not twelve year old, audiences. The inevitable Dumb & Dumber sequel, though…I don’t know. The potential is there, sure, but that’s also the kind of thing that can blow up in your face. It’s hard for aging comedians because what you think is funny and what people find funny about you changes over time. Carrey was a very inventive comic performer, once upon a time; he should be able to complete the career rebound. But one thing Carrey could definitely do to improve his image is ditch the ludicrously pretentious website.

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  12. interesting comments on Carrey’s career, Mwerty. he doesn’t seem any more creepy than anyone else in a midlife crisis…as Lebeau noted, perception is key when you’re in the public eye. As with any comedian, the shtick gets old unless the person reinvents themself, and he has evidently been trying. Whether he can resurrect his career or not, remains to be seen?

    The vaccination controversy is worth exploring but it’s so complicated that neither Carrey or his former GF Jenny McCarthy are authorities on the topic. However I don’t think they were being irresponsible in using their celebrity to raise awareness on this or any other issue, people are free to agree or disagree. Anything that gets people to think and ask questions is never bad in my eyes.

    Oh yeah on Matt Dillon. I’ve put in a few votes on the poll for him.

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    • Lol- I don’t really think people going through their midlife crises are creepy. You’re right though, he’s not the only middle aged guy. My perception is that of a girl occasionally stared at too long by older guys and I find that creepy.

      If Burt Wonderstone had been seen by more people, I’m pretty sure it would be easier for Carrey to reinvent himself. I enjoyed every second of his presence and he usually adds to the movie.

      McCarthy and other proponents of the vaccinations=autism movement have influenced many people to forgo vaccinations. It’s very hard to convince those parents that their kids aren’t going to get neurological disorders from vaccines against measles and other diseases most people don’t get anymore. There’s even a website called jennymccarthybodycount.com counts how many preventable deaths there could have been if it weren’t for the anti-vaccination Movement. I agree that it get’s people to question what others say. It should be interesting to see the public’s reaction to McCarthy on “The View”. It would open more discussion, but there could also be some people who will believe what she says as fact.

      Ironically, she’s blamed Carrey’s recent weird behavior a rabies vaccine he got when he was working with penguins. She apparently knew something was wrong when “he couldn’t remember what she got famous for”.

      Matt Dillon’s pretty cool:)

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    • Do you think if Carrey were to make an Ace Ventura sequel at this age that it would still be funny? I tend to think a young idiot can be laughed off, but a middle-aged idiot comes across as sad.

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      • Point taken, you hit the nail on the head, playing Ace Ventura now would not work for Carrey. This is not to say that he can’t continue to be an excellent physical comic – just that he needs different characters for it to work, characters that don’t require him to play 25 or 30. Look at Chevy Chase…his Clark Griswold is the movie world’s funniest middle aged man. No one has ever done midlife better! There are endless examples of comics who maintain a certain zaniness as they age, the key is they evolve instead of trying to stay the same. As far as the midlife crisis thing, I tried to watch the clip but my browser is being grinchy again. If Carrey was trying to woo Emma Roberts, yeah it’s creepy.

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  13. Was a bit surprised to see this WTHH, and think its a bit premature. Makes me further wonder exactly how you pick someone for WTHH?

    Also best line: If General Zod (the real General Zod, not that Man of Steel crap) tells you to change your attitude, you change your attitude

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    • Terrence Stamp is the man. I’m tempted to go out and find a copy of Yes Man for his cameo.

      The selection process is highly secretive. There’s the poll results which sometimes I follow and sometimes I don’t. Early in the year, I cranked out an article a week following the poll results slavishly. This summer, I have been following my muse so to speak. For example, I was ready to return to poll results when I realized that a Phoebe Cates article would likely be immensely popular. And I turned out to be right. But even I have been surprised how quickly it became the site’s number one article. I wanted a real Val Kilmer type for the 50th, so that had to be Lohan. The Carrey article was mostly inspired by headlines and persistent requests from TMC.

      Is it too early for a WTHH on Carrey? Arguably. I admit I probably wouldn’t have selected him had I realized in advance that Fun With Dick and Jane, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Lemony Snicket did as well as they did. I really thought the guy had a string of bombs and disappointments for the last decade. Turns out, that’s not so.

      But I do think there’s a perception the guy has imploded. So I do think the write-up is merited even if the guy is still working. He’s definitely not at the top of his game.

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      • JIM CARREY TOYS WITH MORE CAREER SUICIDE:
        http://www.showbiz411.com/2009/05/13/20090513jim-carreys-career-weirdness-cannes-other-stars

        Jim Carrey‘so talented, so funny, so perplexing. Remember the good old days of ‘Liar Liar,’ ‘Ace Ventura,’ even ‘The Truman Show.’ Carrey had it all. I didn’t even mind him playing Andy Kaufman in ‘Man on the Moon.’ My goodness”Bruce Almighty’ was six years ago already!

        But there was also ‘The Cable Guy.’ Yikes! A disaster. ‘The Number 23,’ which, let’s face it, no one saw. ‘The Majestic’ was terrible, and no one could make heads or tails of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.’ (Stop pretending you did!)

        Now comes ‘I Love You, Philip Morris.’ A dud at Sundance, no one wanted this romp about a gay conman (Carrey) and his mark (Ewan MacGregor). Every distributor passed on it. Somehow it’s gotten into the Directors Fortnight here in Cannes. Maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised. But maybe not.

        Can you remember a Jim Carrey movie that only has release dates set for Brazil, Finland, Netherlands, and Romania? Do those countries have ‘Access Hollywood?’
        ‘Philip Morris”which has nothing to do the tobacco company’just got picked up by a small distributor Consolidated Pictures Group, which has set the US release for Valentine’s Day 2010. This will be considered counterprogramming to the Winter Olympics.

        Here’s my career move for Jim Carrey: I think he should play Jacob in the last season of ‘Lost.’ It’s perfect. He can explain everything that’s happened, then do some time travel and erase all his bad films.

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        • Jim Carrey’s Career-Sullying Stunt:
          http://www.newsmax.com/Hirsen/Carrey-Stunt-Funny-Die/2013/04/01/id/497243

          Jim Carrey received a great deal of news coverage last week, following a posting of what was supposed to be a comedic video on the Funny or Die website.

          The video in which Carrey stars is titled “Cold Dead Hand” and features content that ridicules those who hold the Constitution in the highest regard and is dismissive of the Second Amendment. All of this is conveyed while simultaneously attempting to tarnish the reputation of the late great Hollywood film legend Charlton Heston.

          The Funny or Die website’s name reflects a mutual understanding on the part of stand-up comedians, who commonly characterize a performance that fails to elicit laughs from an audience as “dying” on stage.

          Interestingly, Carrey’s Funny or Die performance is emblematic of the latter. However, what may be even worse for the actor is what could potentially flow career-wise from the ill-conceived and terribly malicious video.

          Carrey unfortunately aimed his bully-comedy sights on a legendary figure, who to this day is respected, admired, and missed by countless numbers of Americans; an individual who, incidentally, just days after the video made its ugly debut, graced TV sets across the nation with his onscreen appearance as Moses in the Easter season film favorite, “The Ten Commandments.”

          Carrey made humorless matters even worse when he promoted the Funny or Die piece by characterizing those who happen to differ with the current liberal gun control proposals as “heartless [expletive] unwilling to bend for the safety of our kids.”

          This is not the first time that the Hollywood star has put forth his opinions regarding the Second Amendment. Back in February 2013 Carrey provided some gun-related commentary via his Twitter account. Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, he opined that the lives of some of those who own firearms weren’t “worth protecting.”

          “Any1 who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting,” Carrey tweeted.

          Like many of his far-left associates in Hollywood, Carrey is wildly out of touch with the concerns of the majority of the citizens of this country who do not have afforded to them the luxury of private security protection and must therefore provide such for themselves and their loved ones.

          Carrey made another Twitter faux pas, one that revealed that he himself has an armed security guard. On March 13, 2013, less than a day after Carrey released the video mocking Heston, he posted the following: “Listen up! MY BODYGUARD DOESN’T HAVE A GUN THT SHOOTS A HUNDRED ROUNDS because we’re REASONABLE PEOPLE! HATE HEARS WHT IT WANTS 2 HEAR!”

          He did not share the “reasonable” number of rounds with which his bodyguard is equipped. Maybe if Carrey had gone to his bodyguard for some elucidation, he may have learned that security professionals routinely carry multiple clips so they can quickly change them out should it become necessary.

          It was predictable that Carrey would alienate a segment of his fans, and perhaps he is not all that bothered by the negative fallout. But apparently, he is not yet finished. He has additionally decided to go after the number one cable news network in America, the Fox News Channel.

          Evidently displeased with Fox’s coverage of his video, Carrey released a statement claiming that his reputation has been harmed.

          “Since I released my Cold Dead Hand video on Funny or Die this week, I have watched Fux News rant, rave, bare its fangs and viciously slander me because of my stand against large magazines and assault rifles. I would take them to task legally if I felt they were worth my time or that anyone with a brain in their head could actually fall for such irresponsible buffoonery,” Carrey’s statement indicated.

          Over the decades celebrities have undoubtedly used their fame to, among other things, influence political positions, support electoral candidates, promote public policy, and encourage governmental legislation. No one would argue that Carrey, who was born in Canada, sought to become a U.S. citizen, achieved his goal in 2004, and is now a dual citizen of both countries, has every right to express his views. However, there are plenty of people who will not soon forget Carrey’s latest Internet feature.

          The free market has a way of making public sentiment visible. This is especially true when it comes to products of choice. Stars and all of their entertainment-related attendant merchandise are, after all, products, and as such are subject to free market principles.

          In addition to obtaining some important instruction on the Constitution and the origin of our rights, Carrey may be about to learn a hard lesson on the power of the free market.

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        • Re: Jim Carrey Posts CREEPY Video To Emma Stone:
          http://www.datalounge.com/cgi-bin/iowa/ajax.html?t=10773354#page:showThread,10773354,4

          Good comedians have a grip on reality and can read it well enough to poke fun of it. I don’t think Carrey is a good comedian. He is more of a slapstick kinda humor. He knows how to fall funny and make funny faces (if you like that kind of humor). What he is not is a social commentary humorist. This is what he tried to do, play on the fandom hysteria, play on midlife crisis, play on double standards for men and women, whatever. He is just not good at that kind of humor. He should stick to what he knows best, and to the audience he does understand.

          And I agree, he seems to have aged rapidly in the last couple of years. Drugs?

          by: Anonymous reply 64 08/27/2011 @ 08:44AM

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        • Remember when Jim Carrey was funny?

          http://www.datalounge.com/cgi-bin/iowa/ajax.html?t=9161344#page:showThread,9161344

          Jim Carrey had a HUGE meth problem on “In Living Color”. That is why you NEVER see the Wayans family ever get interviewed about Jim. He was completely out of control and a complete asshole.

          by: Anonymous reply 2 04/23/2010 @ 12:30PM

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  14. HEY! Personally I liked the Majestic. Definitely not up to Truman Show or Eternal Sunshine levels, but its an enjoyable movie. Probably would have been better without that WD girl (so happy when her char died FINALLY, god she messed things up, even when she was trying to un-mess things), and she wasn’t strong in the film, but still it was a good movie in my book.

    Anyways, have you ever done one for Ashton? Guess Who is on TV and it made me ponder that. I wouldn’t really say he ever became a real big name like at least most the ones I read, but he seemed pretty poised for a while to be a big name to me. Guess Who, The Guardian, Butterfly Effect all showed he could do more than be an idiot like he was in That 70s Show or Dude Where’s My Car.

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    • The Majestic is better than its reputation suggests. But there’s a fine line between an homage and a rip-off. Critics felt like The Majestic came down on the side of a rip-off. There wasn’t a hook to draw in audiences who weren’t interested in a modern day Capra movie. It was probably just an ill-advised concept.

      Kutcher is more TV star than movie star. He had a few movies and then retreated back to TV. But he is currently on the highest rated show on TV. It will probably be a while before I get around to him. I’d spend most of the article talking about his girlfriends.

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      • Oh right, I forgot he was on Two and a Half Men. Saw a few eps of it, and never even got close to seeing what the appeal of that show is. As such, I kind of forget about it from time to time.

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        • I’m in the same boat. Doesn’t appeal to me at all. And yet it keeps chugging along. In general, I lost interest in traditional sit-coms years ago. Arrested Development was the final nail in the coffin. I enjoy Modern Family. I liked 30 Rock. But I can’t watch Two and a Half Men or The Big Bang Theory.

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        • There isn’t much TV out right now that I like either. I’m watching Arrow hoping they don’t try to milk it for all its worth like they did Smallville. Once Upon a Time is okay, but after two seasons already is feeling a bit long and so I hope the next is the last. Walking Dead someone just got me into… And to think of it, none of those shows I believe count as sitcoms. Oh and Mythbusters, when I can catch an ep :3

          Never got into 30 Rock, Big Bang Theory I can stand if I’m with someone watching it. Never could even see the appeal at all though in Two and a Half Men.

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        • We watch a lot of the same shows apparently. I watch Once, but it’s pretty bad. It fills the Desperate Housewives void – which is a show I should have given up a long time ago. The Walking Dead is terribly written 99% of the time. But the zombies usually provide entertainment value. That or making fun of it the next day. Mad Men and Breaking Bad are about as good as it gets. And there are some reality shows I watch as guilty pleasures. I never miss Survivor. And Big Brother is a summer ritual.

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        • Once was entertaining enough, but I really feel it should have just ended after the first season. I am a bit excited for season 3’s Neverland, but in truth it’ll probably taper off quickly.

          Breaking Bad is amazing, still need to watch the 5th season though :/ Keep hoping Netflix will get it now that its on DVD. Slightly scared though for I thought season 4 had a pretty good ending that, for the most part, could have worked as an ending to the series.

          Most shows sadly seem to fall into that same trap. The one of “We’re popular, they want more episodes, so how can we drag this out?” which we start getting rehashed plot points, or just stupid ones, or things happening to drag something on just to keep it going. Smallville is a great example of that, and really should only have been 5 or so seasons.

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      • And thinking of Ashton, he’s apparently staring in the upcoming Steve Jobs based movie XD

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      • Since we’re on the subject of “That ’70s Show” almuni:
        http://news.moviefone.com/2012/12/06/laura-prepon-70s-show-least-successful/

        On That ’70s Show, sassy Donna Pinciotti was one of the most likable, relatable characters. The wise-cracking yet goodhearted neighbor, played by Laura Prepon, was smart, funny and adept at handling (and rolling her eyes at) her totally insane parents.

        It’s possible that I transferred some of my goodwill towards the character to the actress who played her. At the time, Prepon (to me, at least) seemed the most likely of the cast to go on to bigger and better things. After all, she was both striking and down-to-earth, with a rich throaty voice and beautiful red hair that set her apart from all of the other actresses out there at the time.

        Of course, that hasn’t proven to be true. Jackie and Kelso (Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher) have gone on to become the biggest stars, eclipsing all of the others by far. While Kutcher never really left the spotlight, Kunis’ star has risen recently with big hits like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Friends With Benefits and Ted. Eric (Topher Grace) has been working steadily, and appears to have made a successful transition from TV to the big screen with big titles like Spider-Man 3 on his resume.

        Hyde (Danny Masterson) has also been working regularly, and recently landed a starring role on the new TV show Men at Work. Even Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) has enjoyed a prosperous career, with bit roles in movies and a fruitful gig as the voice of Manny on the popular kids’ show Handy Manny.

        With the exception of train wreck/frequently incarcerated Lisa Robin Kelly, who played Eric’s evil sister Laurie on the show, Prepon has gone on to become the least successful cast member, and not for lack of trying. She hasn’t intentionally disappeared from the limelight to pursue a college degree or quietly raise a family.

        No, she’s been toiling away for years, giving the whole acting thing a go. She even took on the incredibly controversial role of reviled serial killer Karla Homolka in the 2006 flick Karla. While the film itself sparked outrage, it didn’t translate into extra attention for poor Prepon. Things started looking up when she landed the lead role on the NBC series Are You There, Chelsea?, based on the bestseller by Chelsea Handler. But the sitcom was universally panned and quickly cancelled, and, less than a year later most people have probably already forgotten about it.

        Once again it seemed like Prepon finally caught a break when she was cast in the latest Stephen Frears flick, Lay the Favorite, opening in select cities this week. It co-stars big names like Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rebecca Hall. Unfortunately, appearing opposite talent like that only highlights Prepon’s weaknesses as an actress.

        While Hall (who is British, by the way) is perfect as a ditzy mid-western sweetheart, American Prepon can’t even nail down her character’s subtle southern drawl. She seems to be focusing so hard on getting the accent right that she forgets to act. As Hall effortlessly emotes and makes us feel for her, Prepon delivers her lines in a ridiculous, over-the-top manner.

        To top things off, Prepon has a topless scene that seems completely unnecessary, and even that didn’t generate much extra attention for her. (Lay the Favorite was released in other countries earlier this year). She’s trying every trick in the book to generate buzz, from tackling controversial roles to taking her top off, but nothing seems to be working for her. She’s even a Scientologist! Say what you will about the Church of Scientology, it has produced a lot of famous actors. (Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Jason Lee and Juliette Lewis, to name a handful.) The Hollywood networking opportunities she gets through Scientology may explain why she keeps getting cast in stuff despite her many public failures.

        So what should Prepon do? I think dying her hair red again would be a good start. Hollywood has enough blondes. As for getting more ink, she should rip a page out of Wilmer Valderrama’s book and start dating celebs who are more famous than her. Even better, she should be the one who comes between current lovebirds Kutcher and Kunis. If that doesn’t land her some tabloid covers, I don’t know what will.

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        • The “Fetch” Effect: 8 Actors that Hollywood Has Tried, and Failed, to Make Happen:
          http://www.pajiba.com/seriously_random_lists/the-fetch-effect-8-actors-that-hollywood-has-tried-and-failed-to-make-happen.php

          Topher Grace: I don’t quite know what went wrong with Topher Grace after he left “That 70’s Show.” He’s likable and winsome, but he doesn’t really have that feature film presence, even though his cameo in Ocean’s 12 suggested that he might become one of those stars someday. It didn’t happen. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! ($17 million) bombed, In Good Company ($45) performed only modestly, and he was a huge part of the problem in Spider-Man 3. Between 2004 and 2010, he was only in 2 movies released widely; in 2010, he played second-fiddle in a disappointing Predator remake (commercially speaking) before a movie he’d made in 2007, Take Me Home Tonight, was finally released in 2011. It made $6 million. I think Hollywood finally saw the writing on the wall, scrawled in the blood of the botched virgin sacrifice it attempted to make Grace a star.

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  15. Carrey’s a superb actor when necessary, and articles like this often a) come to the same conclusion that he’s still better US domestic box office than they realised, and b) fail to realise how well his films perform internationally.

    I think there are several aspects to the problem:
    – audience expectation that he’ll always be the funny, stretchy guy, rarely serious;
    – so partly that neither they (nor he) nor filmmakers are prepared to let him get older;
    – that he does suffer from a palpable need to be loved, alongside an overt vulnerability to pain, leading to honesty never appreciated by the public or media;
    – and that his selection of material is just plain dire at times, both on what he’s chosen, and what he’s passed on. Irrespective of box office performance.

    It doesn’t help that he always seems to want happy endings in his starring roles, leading to more mawkish crap than his talent deserves.

    OTOH, “Phillip Morris” is an excellent film, far better than I expected, and I love it. By all accounts it was something he pursued majorly to have made, and I’m delighted he did. But who the hell from the majority of Carrey’s “normal” audience was likely to want to see it, even before the disaster with the US distribution over a couple of years? Combine that with his break-up with the somewhat weird Ms.McCarthy around the same time, and it’s no wonder he went off the radar for a while.

    The “Burt Wonderstone” reviews were terribly mixed, but of the dozen or more that I read, I only saw one that said Carrey was anything less than outstanding / the best thing in the film. It was also fascinating how everyone focussed on that (remarkable in a 50-yr-old) body. Carrey’s always been traditionally handsome, but it’s rarely noticed because of the face-pulling. His honesty about how hard it was to get the body was hilarious too, and made me like him as a human being all over again.

    The “Kick Ass 2” debacle is interesting. Obviously no-one in the public eye is EVER allowed to change their opinion on anything, but he’s provided a massive publicity boost nonetheless, and I can’t believe he didn’t know that would happen by tweeting as he did. The film will perform better as a result, even though he’ll probably lose some professional credibility for his “unreliable” behaviour.

    Personally, I *really* wish someone would hand him a musical. It’s a genre I normally can’t bear, but he’s clearly a capable singer and dancer on top of everything else, so something good’n’dark would float my boat massively.

    NB also that I wish he’d find someone to write for / with him. Personal choice would be Mark Gatiss (UK’s “League of Gentlemen”, now better known for his work on “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock”). They’re both hugely intelligent comics with a very dark side, so I could really see that working. Throw in the right director, and you’re golden.

    The man’s a genius. He just needs to remember that genius doesn’t guarantee popularity, and resign himself to the idea that his best work – genuinely still to come, if he gets it right – won’t necessarily please everyone.

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    • Wow. Great comment. I agree with pretty much all your points. This was one of those articles I started with a certain set of expectations and came away realizing how wrong I was. I definitely came away with a greater appreciation both for Carrey’s talent and his dedication. If he was cast as Superman, I think he’d jump out of windows until he could fly.

      But you’re right about his choices. He’s made some headscratchers. The mawkish material has prematurely put his dramatic career in the same place Robin Williams eventually ended up. Also, there’s no doubt that Carrey’s original fan base resented Carrey for growing up. And audiences that turned their noses up at his early goofiness were reluctant to give him a chance.

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      • The Lost Roles of Jim Carrey:
        http://splitsider.com/2011/03/the-lost-roles-of-jim-carrey/

        1. Saturday Night Live (multiple auditions in the ‘80s)
        Jim Carrey auditioned to be part of the cast of SNL multiple times in the 1980s. One of Carrey’s unsuccessful bids was in 1986, the year that Lorne Michaels was assembling a new cast after the disappointing 1985-86 season. The producers added Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, and Jan Hooks to the cast, but passed up Jim Carrey. This is one of the strongest casts in the show’s history, but it’s questionable how Carrey would have fit in. His brand of over-the-top physical comedy would have been at odds with the more-nuanced comic stylings of some of these other performers. On the other hand, Carrey has since given impressive sketch performances on In Living Color and with his guest-hosting gigs on SNL. His placement in the Saturday Night Live cast in the ‘80s could have been even more successful than his run on In Living Color, due to the show’s larger viewership and solid track record of churning out stars. If he were successful on SNL, Carrey would have been able to start his career as a lead actor much earlier.

        In the book, Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels tried to downplay his involvement in the decision not to hire Carrey:
        “Jim Carrey never auditioned for me personally. There is an audition tape which we almost played on the twenty-fifth anniversary show — if he had come that night, we would have.” (p. 300)
        I’d really love to see that audition footage, and I hope we don’t have to wait until the show’s 50th anniversary for it to surface.

        2. Sixteen Candles (1984)
        The role: Ted (a.k.a. “The Geek”)
        Who got it: Anthony Michael Hall
        Carrey was amongst the actors considered to play this nerdy character in the John Hughes teen classic. A young Jim Carrey’s incarnation of Ted may have lacked the innocence and subtlety of Hall’s, but it probably worked out best for Carrey in the long run to have missed out on this one. After Sixteen Candles, Anthony Michael Hall was swept up into the Brat Pack and had trouble finding success after his teenage years had passed. If Carrey had suffered the same fate, it would have prevented his career from blowing up in the ’90s. On the plus side, Anthony Michael Hall was able to parlay his teen movie stardom into a brief stint on Saturday Night Live during the 1985-1986 season that also featured Joan Cusack, Randy Quaid, and Robert Downey Jr. If Jim Carrey had played Ted, it may have given him an edge that he didn’t have during the other times he auditioned for the sketch show and he could have been cast.

        3. Bachelor Party (1984)
        The role: Rick Gassko
        Who got it: Tom Hanks
        Carrey was considered for the lead, along with fellow then-unknowns Tim Robbins and Howie Mandel. When the film went into production, Tom Hanks was mostly known for his part on the short-lived sitcom Bosom Buddies, so he wasn’t too far out of Carrey’s fame class. Bachelor Party and the mermaid rom-com Splash shot Tom Hanks to movie stardom. If Carrey had landed the part, it would have made movie stardom more difficult for Hanks.

        Jim Carrey would have been more than capable of pulling off an energetic performance akin to what Hanks does here, and his comic persona would work well within this movie’s absurd universe. However, Tom Hanks keeps the film a little more grounded than Carrey would have, which makes the zaniness that surrounds his character much more believable and realistic. Despite this, starring in Bachelor Party at a young age could have done wonders for Carrey, possibly allowing him to kick off his career as a leading man a decade early.

        4. Legend (1985)
        The role: Jack
        Who got it: Tom Cruise
        Along with Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey was considered to play the lead in this Ridley Scott fantasy adventure. Although Carrey has shown a lot of diversity in his roles over the past several years, at this point in his career, his experience was mainly as a comedian. Now, Carrey has the dramatic chops to back up a part like this, but as a young comedic actor, he would have been out of place in Legend.

        5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
        The role: Ferris Bueller
        Who got it: Matthew Broderick
        When casting the lead in this seminal John Hughes seminal teen comedy, Jim Carrey was considered, along with John Cusack, Tom Cruise, and Michael J. Fox. Carrey could have done fine with the part and would have had a very different interpretation than Matthew Broderick’s; however, Broderick’s performance in this classic is perfect, and Carrey wasn’t as well-suited to play the charming, laid-back Ferris Bueller.

        6. Back to School (1986)
        The role: Professor Terguson
        Who got it: Sam Kinison
        Producers wanted Jim Carrey for the part of Rodney Dangerfield’s history teacher. Dangerfield had given Carrey a major boost early on by hiring him as his opening act, and this would have been another instance of Dangerfield helping Carrey out. The producers eventually decided that Carrey was too young for the part. This makes perfect sense, as Sim Kinison’s character is a Vietnam vet, and Carrey was 13 when that war ended.

        7. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
        The role: Edward Scissorhands
        Who got it: Johnny Depp
        Jim Carrey was considered for the title role, along with Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr.. As with Legend, Jim Carrey lacked experience as a dramatic actor during this period. His turn as Scissorhands would have been inadvertently more comedic than Depp’s and would have jeopardized the project, as well as his own career.

        8. Chaplin (1992)
        The role: Charlie Chaplin
        Who got it: Robert Downey Jr.
        Jim Carrey was considered to play the iconic screen star during the casting process, but the film’s financiers were pushing for Billy Crystal or Robin Williams. Director Richard Attenborough held out and convinced the studio to allow him his first choice: Robert Downey Jr.

        Carrey later exceled in another biopic about a comedian when he played Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon, so he is capable of doing well in this kind of part. However, this was still early in his career before he began to take on weightier roles. There’s no doubt that Carrey would have been able to handle the physical comedy required in recreating Chaplin’s films, but his career as a dramatic actor was still several years away at this time. Robert Downey Jr. received a great deal of acclaim for his performance, which was nominated for an Oscar and won a BAFTA. Carrey may have had a shot at pulling off the same thing if he had played the part. Either way, it would have been better than casting Robin Williams or Billy Crystal as Chaplin.

        9. Encino Man (1992)
        The role: Link
        Who got it: Brendan Fraser
        Jim Carrey and Nicolas Cage were considered to play the caveman that Sean Astin and Pauly Shore unearth. This was a breakthrough role for Brendan Fraser, and unlike some of the other parts listed here, this one seems well within Carrey’s wheelhouse. Carrey would have been great as a caveman adjusting to modern times, and it would have boosted his stock as a movie star.

        10. Toy Story (1995)
        The role: Buzz Lightyear
        Who got it: Tim Allen
        Early in Toy Story’s development, producers wanted Paul Newman as Woody and Jim Carrey as Buzz Lightyear, with the two actors representing Old Hollywood and New Hollywood, respectively. The film’s budget couldn’t accommodate the two stars, so Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were cast instead. Carrey seems like a born voice actor, and it’s really surprising he didn’t get into it until Horton Hears a Who in 2008. Starring in Toy Story would have been great for him. At the time, though, it would have been hard for Carrey and other actors to predict that Toy Story would have become such an influential, long-lasting massive hit.

        11. Kingpin (1996)
        The role: Ernie McCracken
        Who got it: Bill Murray
        Jim Carrey was the Farrelly Brothers’ first choice for this supporting part. While Carrey would have been fine in the role, and he’s proven he can work wonders in the Farrelly Brothers’ comic universe, it’s hard to imagine he’d be better suited to play Ernie McCracken. Part of what makes Ernie McCracken so funny is that he’s an older, over-the-hill guy who’s struggling to keep it together. With Carrey in the role, the character would likely have been tweaked a fair amount. Bill Murray pretty much ignored the script on set and ad-libbed his way through his scenes, and the Farrelly Brothers were happy with his improvements. Lots of funny moments in Kingpin would have been lost with somebody else in the role.

        12. Austin Power: International Man of Mystery (1997)
        The role: Dr. Evil
        Who got it: Mike Myers
        Mike Myers sought out Jim Carrey to play Dr. Evil in the first Austin Powers, as his initial plan wasn’t to play multiple characters in the series. Carrey was interested in the part but had a scheduling conflict with Liar Liar.

        While Liar Liar was a big hit for Carrey and a film that put him front and center, playing Dr. Evil would have been a great boon to his career. However, given Carrey’s reluctance to appear in sequels (more on that later), he may not have stuck around for future installments, which would have jeopardized the franchise, as well as the careers of Mike Myers and director Jay Roach. Myers plays Dr. Evil very well, partly basing his performance on SNL producer Lorne Michaels. Jim Carrey, having spent much less time around Michaels, wouldn’t have been able to capture the comedy icon’s verbal tics as well. If Carrey had taken the role, it’s possible Mike Myers wouldn’t have decided to play multiple characters in the sequels or in the Love Guru, which would have definitely been a good thing.

        13. Meet the Parents (2000)
        The role: Gaylord “Greg” Focker
        Who got it: Ben Stiller
        When Meet the Parents was first in development in 1996, Jim Carrey was attached to star and Steven Spielberg was planning on directing. Carrey and Spielberg each supplied the screenwriter with notes and suggestions for the script, and it was Carrey’s idea to have the main character’s last name be Focker. Spielberg and Carrey’s schedules didn’t line up right, and they both left the project.

        Stiller’s version is much beloved, but it would have been interesting to see the direction Jim Carrey would have taken the project. That version would have definitely included a lot more physical comedy. Spielberg’s involvement is surprising, as the acclaimed director has only directed two comedies throughout his career: the disastrous WWII-themed 1941 and the Tom Hanks starrer The Terminal, which is more of a dramedy.

        While There’s Something About Mary is the hit that proved Ben Stiller to be a bankable leading man, Meet the Parents cemented that status for the star. Carrey taking this role would have sucked some momentum of out of Stiller’s career, preventing him from landing some of the big parts he took after it. Also, Carrey’s reluctance to do sequels would have come into play here, which would have prevented the less-liked Focker follow-ups.

        14. Joe Somebody (2001)
        The role: Joe Scheffer
        Who got it: Tim Allen
        Jim Carrey passed up this role to make The Majestic. Appearing in this forgettable comedy would have hurt Carrey’s career (at a time when he needed a hit). While The Majestic wasn’t a hit either, it was another opportunity for Carrey to show off his strengths as a dramatic actor. Starring in Joe Somebody, a flop comedy, could have led to Carrey being passed up for a different actor when it came time to make Bruce Almighty a couple years later, which ended up being one of the biggest successes of the actor’s career to date.

        15. Phone Booth (2002)
        The role: Stu Shepard
        Who got it: Colin Farrell
        Jim Carrey was cast in the lead role but dropped out. This would have been an unusual choice for Carrey, but he could have done very well here. It would have been neat to see him leave his comfort zone and star in this thriller. Director Joel Schumacher had this to say:
        “We were going to shoot it that summer and he was fitted for the suit. But I got a call from Jim one night and told me he had cold feet. He really didn’t feel comfortable with it. Actors never give up their role. If an actor gives up a part then it’s not right for them.”

        16. Scooby-Doo (2002)
        The role: Shaggy
        Who got it: Matthew Lillard
        When this project was originally in development back in 1996, Jim Carrey was attached to star as the owner of the titular mutt. While he doesn’t bear much resemblance to the cartoon character Shaggy and his manic intensity doesn’t match Shaggy’s laid-back beatnik vibe, Carrey could have brought a lot of humor to this role. These Hanna-Barbera adaptations have never been well-received (The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, etc.), but Carrey’s presence could have given Scooby-Doo a nice boost.

        17. Master of Disguise (2002)
        The role: Pistachio Disguisey
        Who got it: Dana Carvey
        Jim Carrey was the first choice for the lead role in this Adam Sandler-produced film, but he turned it down. Carrey dodged another bullet here, missing out on what ended up being a bomb in Dana Carvey’s hands. Carvey had an opportunity to bounce back into features with Master of Disguise, his first big film role since 1994’s Trouble in Paradise. If Jim Carrey had taken the part instead of him, Carvey may have been able to return to movie stardom with a more successful comedy, leading him to star in more projects.

        18. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
        The role: Jack Sparrow
        Who got it: Johnny Depp
        Along with Michael Keaton and Christopher Walken, Jim Carrey was considered for the part of Jack Sparrow. This would have been a lucrative and very successful part for Carrey, but the production schedule for the first Pirates film would have conflicted with Bruce Almighty’s, which has been one of Carrey’s biggest successes. This is also another project that would test Jim Carrey’s aversion to sequels, as the Pirates franchise is still going strong eight years after this first installment.

        Besides, Johnny Depp seems to be the main audience attractor with these films, and who knows if Carrey’s version of Sparrow would have proven as popular? Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but there’s yet to be a movie where Christopher Walken plays a pirate. Get on that, Hollywood!

        19. Elf (2003)
        The role: Buddy the Elf
        Who got it: Will Ferrell
        When the script for Elf first emerged in 1993, Jim Carrey was attached to star. The project didn’t come into fruition until a decade later. By that time, he had moved on. This would have been a big fit for Carrey and something that would have utilized his penchant for physical comedy, but it’s hard to argue he would have done nailed this cheerful role the way Ferrell did. By the time Elf was finally released, Jim Carrey had already starred in a blockbuster Christmas comedy of his own with How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

        20. The Aviator (2004)
        The role: Howard Hughes
        Who got it: Leonardo DiCaprio
        Jim Carrey had wanted to play Howard Hughes in a movie long before Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator went into production. Carrey was considered for the part that went to DiCaprio, but before that, he was involved in another portrayal of Hughes. When Christopher Nolan began planning a Hughes biopic, he attached Jim Carrey to star, but the project fell apart when Scorsese’s film was greenlit. With the recent news that Nolan is resurrecting his Hughes biopic project after he films the next Batman, could Jim Carrey still take the part?

        21. Garfield (2004)
        The role: Jon Arbuckle
        Who got it: Breckin Meyer
        Jim Carrey turned down the part, making this the second project on this list he passed up in which he would play the owner of a CGI pet. Although the first Garfield movie was successful, this is kind of a bland role and one that would have seen Carrey playing second fiddle to a computer-animated cat. It’s probably for the best that he missed out on this one.

        22. Bewitched (2005)
        The role: Jack Wyatt/Darrin Stephens
        Who got it: Will Ferrell
        Jim Carrey was approached for the part but had to decline due to other commitments, which worked out since Carrey’s 2005 film, Fun with Dick and Jane, was more successful than this update of the classic ’60s show.

        23. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
        The role: Willy Wonka
        Who got it: Johnny Depp
        Tim Burton considered casting Jim Carrey but decided against it, making this the millionth time Carrey has cursed Johnny Depp’s name for taking a part from him. Carrey would have been a nice fit for Wonka, and the success of this film would have helped his career considerably. It’s surprising that Carrey and Burton have yet to work together, as they seem to share a similar dark, offbeat sensibility.

        24. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
        The role: Silas
        Who got it: Paul Bettany
        When casting The Da Vinci Code, Jim Carrey was considered to play Silas, the murderous albino. This was a great opportunity for Carrey to portray a different kind of character in a different kind of film, and The Da Vinci Code became an overwhelming financial success. Carrey missed a big chance to once again show off his dramatic abilities and to add another huge hit to his resume.

        25. Get Smart (2008)
        The role: Maxwell Smart
        Who got it: Steve Carell
        Jim Carrey was attached to this adaptation of the classic TV series when the film was first proposed in the late ’90s. Development stalled and Carrey left. Will Ferrell was briefly attached before Steve Carell was cast.
        Get Smart became a huge hit, and the success would have helped Carrey continue to score big roles, but the part feels much better-suited for Steve Carell. Carell’s a lower-key comic actor than Carrey, and in Get Smart, he’s able to keep the whole movie grounded, which is a necessity considering the big budget spy set pieces it contains. Carell’s calm and mundane exterior serves as a nice counterpoint to the dangerous situations in which his character is placed. Plus, Carell does bear a striking resemblance to Don Adams, the star of the original Get Smart series.

        Carell needed a hit after his 2007, in which the newly-minted movie star appeared in two commercial non-hits: Dan in Real Life and Evan Almighty (a franchise he inherited from Carrey). Get Smart’s success justified Steve Carell’s newfound status as a leading man and helped him to land bigger parts. Had Carrey taken this role instead of him, Carell might not have been a top choice for Date Night, Dinner for Schmucks, or some of the actor’s other recent projects. Get Smart is still Steve Carell’s highest-earning live action big screen hit, and without its success, his movie career perhaps wouldn’t be going well enough to lure him away from The Office this year.

        26. The Promotion (2008)
        The role: Richard Wehlner
        Who got it: John C. Reilly
        Seann William Scott mentioned in an interview that Jim Carrey was at one point considering starring in this little-seen film. Even more surprising is Scott’s claim that Carrey wanted to cast Tom Cruise in the role he ended up playing. Jim Carrey starring would have raised the level of awareness of this movie and allowed the studio to place it in more theaters. Carrey ended up making Yes Man that same year, which was a much bigger hit; however, Carrey’s presence is what made Yes Man a big movie. If he had chosen this project instead, maybe it would have turned this film into a success on the same level.

        27. The Beaver (2011)
        The role: Walter Black
        Who got it: Mel Gibson
        Jim Carrey was attached to this comedy-drama, about a man who has a mental breakdown but finds redemption by talking with a beaver hand puppet that speaks with a British accent. It sounds absurd, but the script was beloved by Hollywood executives, topping the 2008 Blacklist of best-liked scripts. Steve Carell was originally signed on for the part with Jay Roach directing, but both parties dropped out. Jim Carrey signed on shortly thereafter, only to drop out as well. The recent controversy surrounding Mel Gibson has led to several delays in the release of this film. The Beaver was originally scheduled for release late 2010, but it’s been delayed multiple times.

        Mel Gibson’s PR and personal troubles cast a shadow over this project, but it could have been a great part for Jim Carrey or Steve Carell and a potential awards contender. The film was originally scheduled for release during Oscar season last year before Gibson’s troubles occurred, but it’s likely that another actor could have generated some awards buzz for his performance. The script was written by Kyle Killen, who created the short-lived Fox series Lone Star, which was the most critically acclaimed new show of last TV season. Killen is still a new writer, but his work has been generating a lot of heat. This feels like a missed opportunity for Carrey, and his presence could have guaranteed the film’s release wouldn’t be delayed like it has been with Gibson as the star.

        28. Superman Lives (never filmed)
        The role: Brainiac
        When Tim Burton was planning on directing a Superman reboot in the late ’90s, with Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel, Jim Carrey was mentioned to play the villain Brainiac. Development stalled and the project collapsed. The Superman series wasn’t resurrected until Superman Returns in 2006, and that film took the series in a completely different direction. Jim Carrey had already played a superhero villain before in Batman Forever. While Burton’s vision of Superman would likely have been better-received than that particular Batman, Carrey had played a similar role before so this doesn’t seem like a huge missed opportunity.

        29. The Jetsons (in development)
        The role: George Jetson
        Director Barry Sonnenfeld wanted Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman to play George and Jane Jetson in a live-action adaptation of the cartoon series that he was planning in 1996. Sonnenfeld left the project to make Men in Black. Robert Rodriguez recently signed on to direct the film, but he also dropped out. Peter Berg was last reported to be the director the studio was after. Perhaps if Berg takes the reins, he will consider casting Carrey. He’s certainly a capable and satisfying choice to play George.

        30. The Six Million Dollar Man (in development)
        The role: Steve Austin
        Director Todd Phillips was adapting the classic ’70s action series into a flat-out comedy in 2003 and Jim Carrey was attached to star. The project never came to fruition, and Carrey and Phillips both left to pursue other opportunities. I’m not sure how well a comedy version of the Six Million Dollar Man would play. It seems like fans of the original series wouldn’t want to see because it altered so drastically, so the audience would mostly be made up of Jim Carrey fans who would follow him anywhere. It probably would have been better to just write something original for Jim Carrey to star in with a similar concept, as the name recognition of the franchise wouldn’t carry over to a comedy. Also, six million dollars isn’t as much today as it was when the original premiered in 1974.

        31. The Incredible Mr. Limpet (in development)
        The role: Henry Limpet
        A remake of the 1960s Don Knotts family film, about a man who turns into a talking fish to help the U.S. Navy fight Nazi submarines, has been in development since the late ’90s. Originally, Jim Carrey was attached to play Mr. Limpet, but he dropped out. It was announced just last year that Zach Galifianakis was in talks to play the lead role, and Richard Linklater is considering directing. This would have been a quick easy hit for Jim Carrey, as most of the movie would be carried by the special effects and animation. It’s not clear why Carrey left the project, but this latest version with Zach Galifianakis sounds promising, as he is a surprising choice for the character. While Carrey has played the lead in family films before, Zach Galifianakis has mainly starred in R-rated fare, so this will be a chance for him to do something different.

        32. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (in development)
        The role: Walter Mitty
        A big screen adaptation of the James Thurber short story about daydreaming Walter Mitty has been in development for years. Jim Carrey was originally attached and directors Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Mark Waters have all been involved at different points. Owen Wilson was developing the role until Mike Myers signed on, but neither of these actors is currently involved. Sacha Baron Cohen was in talks to play Mitty last year, and that’s the latest news on this project. This would be a great movie for any of these guys. We’ll see if Sacha Baron Cohen holds onto the role or if actors keep swapping in and out as development continues into the next milennium.

        33. Used Guys (in development)
        Used Guys is another long-gestating Hollywood project that has seen numerous stars pop in and drop out over the last several years. The film, a sci-fi comedy about a distant future in which women rule the Earth and trade men like used cars, has always faced budgetary problems. Used Guys was close to being made in 2005, with Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller playing the leads and Jay Roach directing, but the budgetary demands of Carrey and Stiller’s high salaries, as well as the costs of creating the futuristic sets and vehicles, caused the project to fall apart rather quickly.

        In 2009, efforts were made to reboot the project with Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon as the leads, and Little Miss Sunshine duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris directing. Danny McBride was announced to fill Carrey’s vacated role last year, with 20th Century Fox looking to do a lower-budget version of the film. Dayton and Faris remain onboard, but it’s not clear whether Stiller or Witherspoon are still involved. McBride is nowhere near as big a star as Carrey and Stiller, so it would be cheaper to produce Used Guys with him as the lead. Time will tell if this project ever goes into production, or if it continues to stall for another several years.

        34. Burt Wonderstone (in development)
        The role: Burt Wonderstone
        Steve Carell just recently signed on to star in this film, about a disgraced Las Vegas magician who must stage a comeback to compete against a younger illusionist. Before that, Jim Carrey and Sacha Baron Cohen were circling the project. Carrey was reportedly offered a role, but he must have turned it down, as he’s not currently associated with the project. Steve Carell’s instincts toward picking his projects have been pretty solid for the most part, so it’s surprising that Carrey turned down what Carell and his team feel is a good part.

        35. The Three Stooges (in development)
        The role: Curly
        The Farrelly Brothers have been putting together their Three Stooges movie for 10 years, and a lot of big names have been associated with the project, including Jim Carrey, Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, and Paul Giamatti. Carrey was tapped to play Curly, and he was gaining weight to accurately play the part without a fat suit. Carrey had this to say to MTV news:
        “I don’t really want to do anything halfway, and I don’t feel like a fat suit does it. I started experimenting with it a little bit, and I gained 35, 40 pounds. I wanted to gain another 30, 40. When you’re De Niro in your 20s or early 30s, you can kind of come back from that. It’s a tough thing to come back from when you’re upwards of 30.”
        The entire cast for the movie is now up in the air, as Carrey and the others have moved on. In recent years, the Farrelly Brothers’ movies haven’t been well-received, but some of their best work has been with Carrey. The Farrelly Brothers will be announcing the cast soon, and we’ll eventually see if this was a project worth committing to for Jim Carrey.

        Various sequels
        The only sequel to one of his own movies that Jim Carrey has ever appeared in was Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and that was early in his big screen career. Over the past 20 years, Carrey has starred in some major movies, and there’s no doubt the studios have wanted sequels to many of them. Just because Carrey has turned down sequels, it hasn’t stopped Hollywood from producing them anyway. The first was Dumb and Dumberer in 2003, a prequel to Dumb and Dumber, with teenage actors taking on Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey’s roles. The following year, Jamie Kennedy starred in Son of the Mask, and Steve Carell starred in the Bruce Almighty sequel Evan Almighty in 2007.

        But easily the most glaring bastardization of a Jim Carrey film was the 2009 direct-to-video Ace Ventura Jr., which starred a child as Carrey’s character’s son. It looks and sounds awful, but I’d love to see that kid do a whole series of direct-to-video sequels to his favorite comedies. Austin Powers Jr. and Anchorman Jr. would be undoubtedly awful, but the idea of hundreds of people toiling on the crew of a whole series of these movies revolving around an overweight kid doing a sloppy impression of a beloved character is too good to pass up.

        Jim Carrey’s refusal to repeat himself is admirable. Movie sequels can be lucrative and they often make more money than the originals, so it takes some integrity to turn down the $20 million paychecks that come with. Some other comedic actors who tend to stray away from sequels are Adam Sandler, Bill Murray, and Will Ferrell. Although Murray appeared in second installments of Garfield and Ghostbusters and Ferrell was recently prepping Anchorman 2, these actors have tried to avoid making the same movie over and over, for the most part. Sequels are all too often just a cash crab and a shameless rehashing of their predecessors, and it’s comforting that Carrey, Ferrell, Murray, and Sandler seem to realize that.

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      • Thanking your for your kind words.

        > “If he was cast as Superman, I think he’d jump out of windows until he could fly.”
        There are times I suspect he probably has ..

        > “And audiences that turned their noses up at his early goofiness were reluctant to give him a chance.”
        Excellent point. I’m used to people judging me *heavily* for rating him as an actor, but hadn’t got around to crystallising the argument that neatly.

        Coincidentally I saw Ace Ventura 2 for the first time last night (on TV). I can see why, after that, he’d develop a phobia for sequels. Half a dozen belly laughs, but the rest of the time just waiting for the next one.

        I just wish someone would work out what to DO with him. Comedies almost always rely on sticking him in front of a camera & knowing that his talent / schtick will pretty much carry off the rest.

        There was an review in the “Financial Times” of “Mr.Popper’s Penguins” which said that the view should walk out of the film after 45 mins (during which he said Carrey is excellent – wouldn’t know, not seen it), as after that “the film walks out on you” due to the inevitable feel-good crap. It’s worth pointing out that the film critic of the FT, one of the world’s pre-eminent newspapers & written by very intelligent journalists, is clearly a massive Carrey fan. As you say, a good %age of the fanbase never wanted him to grow up, whilst the more, er, highbrow? fans are limited. Puts me in mind of US Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson. On being told that thinking people were supporting him : “Yes, but I need to win a majority.” Poor Jim …

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        • I remember people telling me they didn’t want to see Man on the Moon because they didn’t like Jim Carrey. I pointed out that this was a far cry from Ace Ventura. Didn’t matter. There are certain people who really like turning their noses up at things. These people tend to support the kinds of movies Carrey wanted to make. But they would never entertain the idea.

          If I recall correctly, Entertainment Weekly did a story on the 20th anniversary of Jaws in 1995. This was just as Carrey was in his $20 million dollar paycheck phase. The article had all of the usual stories about the shark not working and Spielberg worrying about being fired. But the question that always stood out in my mind was when they asked Spielberg who he would cast if he were to direct a remake. I forget which role he had in mind for Carrey, but he said he would cast Carrey “and sit on him”.

          Carrey later responded to the article saying that he would absolutely love to be sat on by Spielberg. Eventually, Peter Weir kind of did that with Truman Show. But I would be interested to see what Spielberg would do with Carrey in a dramatic or at least non-comedic role.

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        • I do get the Marmite aspect of Carrey; I’m on the other end of the see-saw with Adam (ick) Sandler. It’d probably take the latter working with Werner Herzog for me to pay to see him in a film, and even then it’d only be morbid curiosity which drove me to it.

          Love the Spielberg story. With you in hoping that one day it might happen.

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        • And I’m with you on Sandler. What the hell, America? My faith in humanity was restored a little when Jack and Jill and My Boy flopped. But then Grown Ups 2 is a big hit? Seriously? I don’t get people.

          I actually always liked and admired Carrey even if I didn’t always care for his movies. Even now, there’s a lot of untapped potential there. But he needs a good director to reign it in sometimes or (like Robin Williams) he can come off as too needy and desperate.

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        • On the director thing, I do actually in my most psychotic moments wonder what a Herzog / Carrey collaboration might look like. The immovable discipline meets the untameable freak. Scary!

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        • That would be interesting. I wonder if Carrey would still welcome a powerful director “sitting on him”.

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        • I think so. The man does seem insatiably curious to push his limits. It may not always work out well, but you can’t say he doesn’t try!

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        • More often than not, Carrey delivers. The movie he is in may or may not deliver, but Carrey does go above and beyond. He seems to have a cycle where he pushes his limits, gets rejected and then retreats back to safe territory. It’s been a little while since he really challenged himself unless you count getting buff.

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        • Yeah, all of that. Other than that I think “Phillip Morris” is still underrated / overlooked. Don’t forget that it did get cinematic release outside the US, at the time of original release, and was (understandably) well-received.

          As I said in an earlier post, it seems easy for Americans to forget Carrey’s wider international appeal. That doesn’t mean that he is properly appreciated elsewhere either, but it does contribute to his box office value in a way that the Sandlers of this world can’t really match.

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  16. While trying to assemble an Amazon order, I was watching some clips of “Eternal Sunshine” last night. Dang, that is a very different Jim Carrey! It seems more like the old art house Hollywood of the very early 70s rather than mainstream.

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    • It’s pretty unique. I think it defies categorization. Despite the fact Carrey is the lead, I wouldn’t classify it as a Jim Carrey movie. That carries certain expectations.

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  17. Lots of interesting discussions in this blog about the hurdles that have to be jumped by comic actors. It can be done, easy example, Dan Ackroyd. Starting with Driving Miss Daisy and hasn’t stopped working since.

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    • Aykroyd is a bit of an outlier. For one thing, he usually played the straight man to Belushi, Murray or Chase. So it wasn’t as big of a leap to move to dramatic roles. Also, he didn’t reinvent himself as a dramatic leading man like Williams or Hanks. He has just made a practice of inserting himself into supporting or even cameo roles. He’s been doing it for decades. He even showed up in the We Are the World video when Prince was a no-show. Whenever you have a bit part for a heavy-set older gentleman, you call Aykroyd. He can play them straight, funny, nice or mean. He’s like the Swiss army nice of old guys.

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  18. I can laugh my ass off at DUMB & DUMBER (though it’s mostly in spite of him), and he was actually quite good in MAN ON THE MOON. I haven’t seen ETERNAL SUNSHINE, which seems rather shameful, but there is it. Beyond these flicks, though, Carrey’s feature outings are, like him, painfully unfunny, and, like those of Adam Sandler, played a major role is absolutely murdering genre comedy. He’s one of the “comedians” who popularized the idea that merely being loud is “funny”–the whole of his routine is loud ranting, goofy faces, fart noises, etc. If he’d come along when I was in the 1st grade, I’d have no doubt rated him a genius (which is why he’s now in the kiddie movie ghetto). As it is, he’s unbearable.

    MAN ON THE MOON really was a good movie. When it was released, I was working in video rentals, and couldn’t get anyone to even look at it. The sane refused to rent a Jim Carrey movie, assuming it was the same old mugging and bullshit, while, on the other hand, Carrey’s fans refused to look at it either, because he was doing a dramatic role instead of the same old mugging and bullshit. Expand that phenomenon from a single video store in Georgia to the entire world and you see why that flick went nowhere (and was probably doomed from the moment he was signed to it).

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    • I can agree with a lot of your criticisms. I never liked Carrey’s more outrageous antics. And a lot of his movies are really painfully unambitious. I often cite Bruce Almighty as a movie that could have been great but it very deliberately played to the masses and was worse for it. Immensely popular, but a crappy movie.

      You should give Eternal Sunshine a look. It’s easily his best movie and performance. But more than that, it’s just a good flick. Taken with Man on the Moon and The Truman Show plus some of his comedies, I think it paints a portrait of a talented performer.

      But as you pointed out, he was trapped by his early roles which were targeted towards the most juvenile of audiences. After Ace Ventura, it’s hard to be taken seriously. And his audiences had no interest in doing so.

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      • I think that Jim’s image as a goofy, manic physical comedian to most people is another reason why Jim’s recent anti-gun (and to a lesser extent, anti-vaccine w/ Jenny McCarthy) stance perhaps makes him look bad. Jim just if you ask me, comes across as very self-aggrandizing, alarmist and narrow when delivering his point of view. Most people have no interest in accepting Ace Ventura/Lloyd Christmas/Fire Marshall Bill as this big moral crusader (especially if Jim is going to make utterly childish insults towards people who dare to disagree w/ him like Fox News). It’s simply way too much to digest.

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      • 10 Movies That Changed Your Mind About Actors You Hated:
        http://whatculture.com/film/10-movies-changed-mind-actors-hated.php/2

        10. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind – Jim Carrey

        Compared to some of the folk on this list, the world has always seemed fairly evenly divided on Jim Carrey, which earns him a place right here at number 10. Carrey, of course, was one of the best loved comedy actors of the ’90s, having appeared in hits like The Mask, Liar Liar, Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura. Chances are if you didn’t like one of those movies, though, that you don’t like any of the others (maybe you can bear him in The Truman Show?) – Carrey has something of a reputation for grating on people, after. If he bugs you, he bugs you.

        Still, although The Truman Show proved that Jim was capable of excellent dramatic acting, he’s still pretty much in “somebody stop me!” mode for the sum of the flick. It wasn’t until he took an incredibly subdued and surprisingly toned down role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind that the world realized there was more to the guy than crazy faces and yelling stuff: as Joel, a man who has the memories of a broken relationship erased from his memories, he gave an intricate, tender performance… all without chewing the scenery for a second.

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  19. Chloe Moretz Takes Aim at Jim Carrey’s Stance on ‘Kick-Ass 2′ Violence:
    http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2013/08/09/chloe-moretz-takes-aim-at-jim-carreys-stance-on-kick-ass-2-violence/

    Jim Carrey plays a big role in Kick-Ass 2 as Colonel Stars and Stripes, but the actor isn’t taking part in the film’s promotional release — not intentionally, at least.

    In June, Carrey distanced himself from Kick-Ass 2 due to the film’s level of violence, citing the school shootings in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, as the reason for his change of heart. Others involved with the film don’t see things Carrey’s way — like Chloe Moretz, for instance, who spoke with The Sun about her thoughts on how the Kick-Ass series handles violence.

    “It’s a movie. If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn’t go to see Pocahontas because you are going to think you are a Disney princess,” she said. “If you are that easily swayed, you might see The Silence of the Lambs and think you are a serial killer. It’s a movie and it’s fake, and I’ve known that since I was a kid.”

    “I don’t want to run around trying to kill people and cuss,” she added. “If anything, these movies teach you what not to do.”

    Even if she disagrees with Carrey, Moretz said she respects the actor’s choice not to support Kick-Ass 2 any longer: “Each to their own.”

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    • Jim Carrey’s whole stance regarding not wanting to promote “Kick-Ass 2” makes little to no logical sense in my book. First and foremost, even if Jim made the movie prior to the Sandy Hook incident, it’s foolish to act like this wasn’t the first mass shooting of recent time. And seemingly by Jim’s logic, Hollywood might as well ban ultra violent action movies (since it’s quite easy to find a moral outrage over it) in general.

      Secondly, what exactly does “Kick-Ass 2” have in common w/ Sandy Hook besides the most basic elements (is there a scene involving small children getting shot up at school in the movie)? Jim seems to have made the hollow, pretentious, self-important, and overall misguided judgement imaginable. More to the point, when you get right down to things, he is sort of inadvertently exploiting a recent tragedy.

      With him denouncing a fictional depiction of violence, even if it glorifies violence to an extent, and conflating that fiction with the reality of a school shooting, he’s essentially saying that one influences the other. To put it in another way, Jim Carrey seems to believe or that violent television shows/movies/video games (or any other forms of media) will directly cause violence in the world.

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      • Jim’s whole attitude about the gun issue in America and the Sandy Hook tragedy sort of reminds me of people like Rosie O’Donnell and Drew Barrymore (in reference to the “Charlie’s Angels” films) after the Columbine incident. What I mean is that it seems like some people who are for stricter gun control laws in light of these school shootings as these people whom I’ve mentioned don’t want to look at a “bigger picture”. More to the point, there’s always going to be people in our world w/ violent tendencies w/ or w/o guns at their immediate disposal.

        I would be quite ignorant to say that we shouldn’t or need to look into the concept of having stricter cases of gun control. My point is that I wish that people like Jim Carrey and Rosie O’Donnell would also look towards other factors (rather than immediately use the NRA for instance as the fall men) for why young people would shoot up their schools. What about mental illness (for which I think, the Sandy Hook shooter severely suffered from) or parenting (again, if I’m not mistaken, Adam Lanza’s mother had many firearms around the house for got a long while)?

        To blame the NRA for things like this would be I suppose sort of like blaming for example Budweiser drunk driving fatalities or blaming McDonald’s for people having high blood pressure and/or diabetes or blaming the tobacco industry for why you have lung cancer. I guess what I’m trying to say is that along the way, there ultimately has to be some personal responsibility.

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        • ALL THE CRIMINALS HAVE GUNS:
          http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/charlies_angels.htm

          Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000
          From: Joyce

          Sorry, didn’t see the movie. When the 3 actresses were on MTV with their “We’re not voting for the Bush’ son” t-shirt on, I couldn’t stomach spending my money on their movie. As usual, Hollywood wants to slander my political party and then ask me to go and spend my money on their films. I have limited myself to view Independent Films only where the “real” creative people are. I have lost any respect that was still lingering for Hollywood since this election. Their anti-gun politics is exactly that, POLITICS. Leave POLITICS out of films please, political correctness has no home in films. Drew said she was setting examples for our “daughters” w/the non-gun issue, really? What about the prancing around in the underwear and sleeping with the enemy whom you just met, yea, real positive role model for our “daughters”. Read the previews, sorry, unrealistic, all the bad guys had guns, and these little women would be dead in a heart beat in real life. Which I guess speaks for the angels political affiliation, ALL THE CRIMINALS HAVE THE GUNS!!!

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        • Not Yet Farewell to Arms, but Films Have Fewer Guns:
          http://articles.latimes.com/2001/may/28/entertainment/ca-3444

          Across sound stages everywhere, guns are getting fired–not on the set, but from it. Take Drew Barrymore’s decision to keep guns out of the hands of “Charlie’s Angels.” When interviewed in November by Rolling Stone, she gave two reasons, one having to do with anti-gun sentiments (“People just sit behind their [expletive] weapon and they can kill somebody and it’s just so cowardly”) and the other with simple ennui (“I feel like I’ve seen that [gun-play] in so many movies”). Her decision didn’t stop the karate-chopping “Angels” from ranking among the 15 highest-grossing films in 2000–and all the no-gun publicity didn’t seem to have hurt either.

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    • What Went Wrong?: Vol. 34 – Recently Released Edition:
      http://znculturecast.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/what-went-wrong-vol-34-recently-released-edition/

      Jeff Wadlow’s follow-up to the surprise Matthew Vaughn hit from 2010 disappointed in fifth place last weekend with a 13 million dollar take, significantly less than the near 20 million the first film took home in Spring 2010. Backed by a rather strong marketing push from Universal, Kick-Ass 2 was at least expected to match the first film, but faltered and will probably fade away from theaters in the next week or two, as these types of movies tend to be front-loaded anyway. So, what exactly went wrong?

      Bad publicity for Kick-Ass 2 began a few months ago when Jim Carrey, ostensibly in the Nicolas Cage role from the first movie, began to speak out against the levels of violence in the film. Carrey refused to do any publicity, and though his words received a harsh backlash from fans, it seems he may have accomplished exactly what he set out to do. Of course, it didn’t help that Kick-Ass 2 scored an abominable 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, significantly lower than the “Fresh” status earned by the first film. Additionally, Kick-Ass 2 had the distinction being about the fifteenth action film of the summer season, debuting in a time more often reserved for the dumping grounds of summer. In retrospect, this film had basically zero shot at replicated the surprise success of the first installment.

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      • Why The Kick-Ass Co-Creator Still Hates Jim Carrey:
        http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Why-Kick-Ass-Co-Creator-Still-Hates-Jim-Carrey-68508.html

        Before the release of Kick-Ass 2, Jim Carrey stirred some trouble when he withdrew support for the movie because of the harsh gun violence. Kick-Ass co-creator John Romita Jr. was, as an understatement, quite unhappy with this betrayal, and vows to never work with Carrey again. Romita was most upset because he felt Carrey could have played up his anti-gun agenda without hurting the movie, and hurting the crew that worked extremely hard to produce the film.

        John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar sat down with Comic Book Resources a few months after the Carrey debacle to discuss the final comic book in the series (that the movies are based off of), Kick-Ass 3 #8. When the subject of Carrey and his disaffiliation came up, Romita jumped on the opportunity to share his thoughts:

        As for Jim Carrey, I know I’ll never work with that bonehead again, so let me say this. I think Mark and I have talked about this before, but here’s a guy who could have capitalized on the character he played and played it toward his anti-gun stance. The character he played gave up weapons — gave up guns — and became a good guy. Anybody with three quarters of an education could have figured out how to fold that idea in with their anti-gun ideas. He’s not a smart enough guy to do that.

        Ouch. Though Romita’s words seem a little harsh, I have to agree with him. Carrey did it all wrong. To stand up for your beliefs is one thing, but to hurt something that you signed up for, and made a commitment to, is just wrong. And Romita points out there was an easy way to express his anti-gun views with the character he was given. There’s no doubt that the Kick-Ass franchise is violence heavy, but Carrey could have expressed his views (if he wasn’t such a “bonehead”) without complete disregard for the success of a movie that he’d previously made a commitment to. And that’s Romita’s biggest issue with the whole mess Carrey created.

        Carrey might be an idiot in Romita’s eyes for not thinking of the easy solution and capitalizing on the character he played, but more importantly, Carrey screwed everyone he worked with. People that didn’t get to cash the surely hefty paycheck that Carrey received for his work. Romita continues:

        [Carrey] cashed his check and took his money, and then he went and pulled a bunch of crap on our film. I say ‘our film,’ because a lot of people worked on that. He made people suffer that had jobs and needed every dime from this. I’m not talking about Mark and I. I’m talking about people in the offices and people behind the camera that worked their butts off for this. He took money out of their pockets, and he should be ashamed of himself. I’ve always wanted to say that, and I’ll stand on a chair and look him in the eye and tell him that’s what I think.”

        From the process of writing the screenplay to the release of the movie in theaters, many people worked tirelessly on that film. And Jim Carrey read the screenplay, he knew what he was getting into before it even started filming. You can stand tall for your political beliefs, but at the end of the day, Carrey took that paycheck no questions asked. And only after that decided to express his beliefs. That’s not really the way activism works.

        And not to mention, Kick-Ass is completely fictionalized. Mark Millar put it best on his site, Millarworld, in response to Carrey’s words:

        Ultimately, this is his decision, but I’ve never quite bought the notion that violence in fiction leads to violence in real-life any more than Harry Potter casting a spell creates more Boy Wizards in real-life. Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie. Imagine a John Wayne picture where he wasn’t packing or a Rocky movie where Stallone wasn’t punching someone repeatedly in the face. Our audience is smart enough to know they’re all pretending and we should instead just sit back and enjoy the serotonin release of seeing bad guys meeting bad ends as much as we enjoyed seeing the Death Star exploding.”

        Though the comic book series is over, and a new movie is unconfirmed, the Kick-Ass series will continue to be a great way to enjoy that good old-fashioned serotonin release, and see some bad guys get their asses kicked.

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  20. Watched “Liar, Liar” recently, and I could sort of see, both sides of Carrey. The rubbery face, pratfalls and mugging, and over the top delivery, aimed straight at the PG/PG13 market. I got a kick out of the outtakes shown during the closing credits where veteran actress Swoosie Kurtz lobbed this softball at him; “Over-actor!” ya think? Yet, there were glimpses of the more serious, dramatic side, powered by a big heart, that evidently showed up in Spotless Mind and Truman, that I have to check out.

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  21. I wonder if anybody else has looked into the stories of Jim Carrey apparently acting neurotic (and not in a “intentionally funny” sort of way”) and controlling movie sets, which makes him sort of like a male Kim Basinger in that regard. I’m not saying that Jim seems like a Chevy Chase, Val Kilmer, or Steven Seagal-type of jerk, it’s just that from what I’ve read, he comes across as a bit insecure:
    http://www.chud.com/community/reputation/details/user_id/66678

    The mention of Jim Carey reminded me of some of the times he seriously lost his s***. Ace Ventura 2 was apparently nightmarish and during The Number 23 movie, he kind of got super OCD or something. The Sucker Punch Australian girl who was in A Series of Unfortunate Events dropped the bomb that he made sure that she and the other kid didn’t have better lines than him in shared scenes. But again, if the filmmaker is strong enough, that f***er performs.

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  22. With Robin Williams heading back to the sitcom route that launched him,wonder should Jim do the same,perhaps???

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    • I don’t think Carrey’s in the same place as Williams – yet. I really wish Carrey would make another bid to be taken seriously as an actor. He just needs to pick better projects. But, sure, a good TV show would be a smart career choice as well.

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  23. Carrey cracks me up and is very talented. He fell into depression and I think that was why his career toned down. He needed a break and now needs time to get back up. Hollywood can be tough on comedians. I don’t think people give them enough credit, it’s hard to make people laugh. Comics don’t get golden trophies and rarely get taken seriously. When comedians want to take it up a notch (into drama), people don’t react well. I think it’s easier to go from drama to comedy than the other way around.

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    • I don’t know that Carrey fell into depression. It’s something he has always struggled with. So I don’t think you can blame his career downturn on his depression. He was dealing with depression when he was at the peak of his career as well. It has contributed in that his depression is likely responsible for some of his more erratic behavior.

      I do agree with you about comedians. Most popular comedic actors rely on a schtick and schtick gets old. Eventually, the same old routine won’t get laughs any more. The comedic actors who have long careers are the ones who can adapt their schtick to keep it fresh or who don’t rely on schtick at all. Carrey relied on schtick and has struggled with getting past it.

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  24. “Cable Guy” has an interesting back story–It was originally attached to star Chris Farley and had none of the really dark humour it ended up being–the legendary Bernie Brillstein says in his book “You’re No One In Hollywood Unless Someone Wants You Dead”, that taking the role ultimately hurt the studio and Jim Carrey, who nevertheless rebounded with another big hit afterwards.

    I think Carrey is an insanely talented guy, and he’s proven that over the years. But like most funnymen, he strives to go for that elusive “acting” gig that lets him stretch out, and Cable Guy was supposed to be one of these movies. Brillstein says rather than give the people what they wanted, they got self-indulgent with the movie and probably should have waited a couple more films before they went ahead with this one. I think the Truman Show was underrated, in a lot of ways.

    LIke a lot of guys with that $20 million dollar price-tag, when he stopped making blockbusters, those $20 million dollar offers stopped coming in. He had a good run of it, and clearly doesn’t need more money, but I think people just got sick of him in general. He has it in him to re-invent himself as a serious actor, but he just needs the right couple of vehicles.

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    • I think the problem with The Cable Guy was that they didn’t make the movie the studio wanted them to make. Now, that’s not a problem with the movie itself. It’s better than the stupid cookie cutter movie that the studio suits wanted. But that’s what they paid Carrey $20 million for. So I can’t blame them for wanting something that would play to Carrey’s fans. Instead, Carrey and Stiller went off into dark territory that was sure to upset Carrey’s fan base. The studio didn’t know how to sell a black comedy like the one they got, so they just sold it like a typical Jim Carrey movie. His fans showed up and pretty much hated it. But arguably Carrey did earn his paycheck. His fans did show up. And he did right by them by falling back into his usual formula. Problem is he has been unable to break out of that formula and it has gotten tired. I do agree that he’s tremendously talented and I’d love to see him in a role that really let him display his range.

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  25. The Truman show was a real hit I can’t remember the last time I watched a different movie than the Truman show it was a really good movie

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  26. Top 10 Hilarious Jim Carrey Moments:

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  27. 12 Inferior Film Sequels That Totally Missed The Point Of The Originals:
    http://whatculture.com/film/12-inferior-film-sequels-that-totally-missed-the-point-of-the-originals.php/5

    9. Jim Carrey-Less Sequels To Jim Carrey Movies

    Jim Carrey was the most popular comedic actor of the 1990s, and most of his movies during that decade made over $200 million at the worldwide box office. However, after starring in a 1995 Ace Ventura sequel Carrey turned down huge paychecks to make sequels to his hits.
    Producers went ahead anyway and made Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003), Son of the Mask (2005), Evan Almighty (2007), and Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective (2009), and all each did terribly at the box office (Ace Ventura, Jr. went direct-to-video in most countries). The point that producers kept missing is that the primary reason people saw the originals was Carrey.

    Since Carrey’s most recent original films have done poorly at the box office, he has finally agreed to do a sequel to one of his classics: Dumb and Dumber To, which will be released in November 2014. He’s either finally doing it on his own terms or just finally desperate enough for a hit.

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  28. Has Any Comedic Actor Ever Come Close to ’80s Eddie Murphy?

    http://forums.wrestlezone.com/showpost.php?p=4813683&postcount=2

    In terms of critical acclaim and being a box office draw, I don’t really think anyone can come close to Murphy.

    Adam Sandler has starred in so many bad movies. He makes money for sure, but he’s one of the most hated actors in the world today. Will Ferrell has, quite simply, never made another movie as good as Anchorman. And I doubt he ever will at this point.

    With that said, Jim Carrey’s ’90s run is quite incredible. Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Liar Liar. The Cable Guy is very underrated. Plus, the Truman Show and Man on the Moon, while not comedic, are both great movies.

    Although, I’m fairly surprised you didn’t mention Bill Murray’s ’80s run. Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Scrooged. That is a very decent CV, and I still like Caddyshack more than anything Eddie Murphy is done. And that’s coming from an Eddie Murphy fan.

    #3 03-16-2014, 07:08 PM

    Jim Carrey is the only reasonable argument.

    With The Mask, Ace Ventura, and Dumber & Dumber, Carrey pulled off three consecutive hits, but he’s too streaky. It’s been that way for years now, and The Number 23 was a disastrous setback for Carrey’s career.

    Adam Sandler had the potential to be something years ago, but he sacrifices quality for laziness and big box office paydays with the same old tired routine.

    Will Ferrell? I agree with Blade. In the grand scheme of things, he’s a one-trick pony with Ron Burgundy. Anchorman was good, and Anchorman 2 was a surprisingly satisfying sequel, but that’s about it. The rest of his films are solid, mediocre (Semi-Pro is a close pick for unbearably awful), or forgettable at best.

    Murphy had an incredible run in the ’80s, but for me, it’s bittersweet, when you consider his horrific downfall after Beverly Hills Cop III, an easy top ten pick for one of the worst sequels ever made. And A Thousand Words is a potential nail in the coffin for a comeback run. It’s a shame, because Murphy is hilarious in Tower Heist.

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  29. Carter’s idiotic anti gun rants killed hid career.

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    • That’s what I would call a gross oversimplification. For one thing, Carrey’s (not Carter) career isn’t dead. He’s still working. Dumb and Dumber 2 may reek of desperation. But it could also be a big hit. Do I think his gun rant hurt his career? Yes. So did his anti-vaccination crusade. As well as his other erratic behaviors. But at the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that his movies just haven’t been connecting with audiences the way they used to.

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  30. The unforgivable missed opportunities of 2005’s Fun With Dick And Jane:
    http://thedissolve.com/features/forgotbusters/686-the-unforgivable-missed-opportunities-of-2005s-fun/

    by Nathan Rabin

    FORGOTBUSTERS RE-EXAMINES MOVIES THAT WERE AMONG THE TOP 25 GROSSING FILMS THE YEAR OF THEIR RELEASE, BUT HAVE RECEDED CULTURALLY, IN ORDER TO EXPLORE WHAT ORIGINALLY ATTRACTED AUDIENCES TO THEM, AND WHY THEY FAILED TO ENDURE.

    My wife and I are expecting our first child in November, and one question looms above all others as we prepare for the blessed event: How are we going to pay for all of this? I make a solid living and have not been sued by a major credit-card company in over a year. I am lucky to have good insurance and a wife who works, but it’s hard not to look at the decades ahead and wonder how we will be able to afford daycare, schools, summer camps, clothes, college, and all the other components of middle-class American life.

    I suspect I’m not alone in experiencing a little soul-shaking dread over the economics of first-time parenthood. Children aren’t necessary for life in the U.S. to seem prohibitively expensive, but they do add an additional element of urgency and gravity to the situation. I’ve been in such dire financial straits that I was willing to do anything to make money as long as it was legal, and if the money was good enough, legality might not even be that important. In that respect, the 1977 action-comedy Fun With Dick And Jane has a brilliant premise, one that taps into the free-floating sense of fear that it’s impossible to keep up with the Joneses without resorting to criminality.

    The original film follows an upper-middle-class couple played by George Segal and Jane Fonda, who resort to armed robbery after losing their cushy jobs. Directed by journeyman Ted Kotcheff (Weekend At Bernie’s), the film is notable largely for its squandered potential. It’s smug, condescending, and mean, while containing the germ of a brilliant idea that might have flowered in more capable hands. So when the film was remade in 2005, I was more than cautiously optimistic. This was an opportunity to address a deep strain of economic insecurity coursing through our country, one that found particularly pure expression around the time the film takes place—in 2000, shortly after the Internet bubble burst. It could have been funny, insightful, and even cathartic. It should have provided a chance to laugh at the things that keep people like myself up at night, and comment on the way the roller-coaster movements of an economy nobody really seems to understand can drive us crazy.

    I wasn’t overjoyed that Jim Carrey was headlining the remake (which made more than $110 million in American theaters alone), but encouraged to see the screenplay would be written by Judd Apatow (and his protégé Nicholas Stoller), who had released his breakout film, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, earlier that year, and had script-doctored and produced one of Carrey’s best and most daring films, The Cable Guy. Furthermore, just a year earlier, Carrey delivered a career-best performance in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. It seems like the moment Carrey signed on, however, it became a “Jim Carrey movie,” not a movie Carrey acted in, like Eternal Sunshine or Man On The Moon or The Cable Guy. Apatow, Stoller, and director Dean Parisot consequently got the job of servicing the star. Their task wasn’t to push Carrey out of his comfort zone and get him to deliver a textured performance as a complicated, fascinating character, as Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman did in Eternal Sunshine. Their job was to provide a context for Jim Carrey to do what he does in movies that earn him and studios lots of money: make goofy faces, talk in crazy voices, and contort his body like a meth-addled clown:

    In Fun With Dick And Jane, Carrey never seems fully, or even mostly, human. He’s more like a cartoon character, or an alien pretending to be a human being, and overdoing the cheerfulness to a disturbing extent. It might just be that Carrey is too much of a movie star to be believable as a run-of-the-mill human being ever again. It’s the same problem Jack Nicholson has: Stephen King famously complained that Nicholson’s persona broadcast his descent into craziness in The Shining, and it’s similarly counterproductive to cast Carrey as a man driven nutty by a brutal economic downturn when he seems like he’s already a kook the first time we see him.

    Carrey, his rubber limbs, and an unnerving rictus of inexplicable delight star in the lead role of Dick Harper (or as his Hispanic nanny refers to him throughout the film, “Mr. Retard”), a goony corporate-ladder climber who begins the film convinced he’s destined for a big promotion at Globodyne, the massive international corporation where he works. If decades of film-watching have taught me anything, it’s that protagonists who begin a movie moony over an imminent promotion are destined to spend the rest of the film either dealing with the “Monkey’s Paw”-style unwanted consequences of getting that promotion, or the equally unfortunate consequences of getting passed over.

    Sure enough, Dick is promoted to VP of communications, and soon winds up on a Moneyline-style show where he’s ambushed by the host and special guest Ralph Nader (played stiffly and unconvincingly by Ralph Nader, which is all the more remarkable, considering that stiffness is the essence of his whole public persona) about the corporate malfeasance of Globodyne’s crooked CEO, Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwin). By the end of Dick’s appearance, Globodyne’s stock has become worthless. Soon, the company has declared bankruptcy, and emptied out its employees’ pensions in the process.

    The newly unemployed Dick is dispirited, and the filmmakers convey his listlessness and lack of direction by having him leap acrobatically around the house to the mellow sounds of Sublime’s “What I Got,” which is exactly what a depressed corporate mouthpiece would do when sad, assuming he was actually a manic physical comedian renowned for his rubber-limbed shenanigans.

    After months of unemployment, Dick is overjoyed to get an interview with a rival tech company, but upon arrival, he’s horrified to see Oz Peterson (Carlos Jacott), one of his old corporate rivals from Globodyne. Oz, eager to get the competitive advantage, kicks Dick in the nuts. When Dick races ahead of his competitors, he sprays Oz with a fire extinguisher and throws water-cooler bottles at him to try to trip him up. Dick gets to the interview ahead of Oz, only to discover a long line of people ahead of him who presumably did not need to physically assault other applicants to get a competitive advantage. It’s the kind of gag that might play better in an episode of Family Guy, where the joke would be the absurdity of men in business suits pummeling each other to get to a job interview first. But live-action movies play by different rules, and Fun With Dick And Jane has a Kung-Fu Hustle/Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World-level disconnect from reality, without an equivalent sense of fun or invention.

    There are a couple of inspired moments hinting at the smarter, more insightful comedy that might have been if Fun With Dick And Jane were devoted to anything other than showcasing Carrey’s unique skill set. Before the bottom falls out, Dick and Jane, being terminally boring upper-middle-class married people, decide to have sex the upcoming Saturday, after first stocking up on candles and acquiring a sampler from Starbucks featuring the sensual sounds of Sade. And after bottoming out, Dick gets drunk and humiliates himself at his fancy country club, where a waiter matter-of-factly confides that since the economy tanked, such displays are a common occurrence, and that Dick’s psychotic tantrum ranks among the milder displays of insanity. The closest Fun With Dick And Jane comes to satire is its suggestion that the criminal mania gripping the title couple is fairly widespread, and that many of Globodyne’s former employees have slipped outside of the law in their quest to pay the bills. But even that feels, if not completely toothless, then distinctly on the soft-boiled side.

    The makers of Fun With Dick And Jane apparently decided that the only way to make a movie where upper-middle-class white parents commit a series of violent crimes palatable for a mass audience would be for the film to take the form of a mindlessly upbeat live-action cartoon. It’s a testament to how unmemorable Fun With Dick And Jane is—despite grossing more than $200 million worldwide—that I had completely forgotten that the couple had a son—a blown opportunity, since having a child would inherently up the film’s stakes. In hindsight, it’s easy to see why I forgot the son, since the filmmakers do as well, for long stretches of time. Hell, Dick and Jane seem to forget they have a son, even though early in the film, Jane (Teá Leoni) ostensibly quits her job as a travel agent to spend more time with her child. The kid has maybe has three minutes of screen time, and is almost never mentioned when he isn’t onscreen.

    Maybe if the film spent more time with the child, it would cast the protagonists’ actions in a darker light. If the son were anything more than a cute little prop saying adorable things in an incongruous Spanish accent in the background of a few scenes, we might start thinking about the boy having to visit his father and mother in prison, or worse, his future compromised by their recklessness and criminality. If Fun With Dick And Jane were to address the way parenthood and economic anxiety affect each other in any real or substantive way, it might compromise the film’s status as pure escapism, a mindless vacation at the movies. Fun With Dick And Jane eschews comedy based in any recognizable reality, but it also deliberately eschews satire for slick, pandering popcorn mindlessness.

    The film is at least slickly efficient in its storytelling. The first act is devoted to Dick’s professional disgrace and his inability to get a job that doesn’t involve getting sassed by customers at a Walmart-style big-box store. The second act is devoted to Dick and Jane’s decision to reinvent themselves as shockingly accomplished criminals who rob a series of bad guys while wearing outrageous disguises. For example, during one robbery, the flamboyant couple dress as Sonny and Cher, only, get this, Dick is dressed as Cher and Jane as Sonny, because c’mon, you’re not going to cast Carrey—once one of Las Vegas’ top impressionists—as lead in a film without letting him indulge in a Cher tongue-waggle, right? You wouldn’t want to deprive viewers of the cheap buzz of recognition that comes with your heroes (or antiheroes, or whatever, since nothing anyone does is of any consequence) committing theft while dressed as the Blues Brothers, would you?

    The wacky robberies net the couple enough money to transform their desperate husk of a home back into a sprawling mansion. Then in the third act, the robberies subside, giving the couple an excuse to pull one last caper, this time an insanely complicated switcheroo involving Dick’s crooked former boss. The couple tricks Jack McCallister into personally funding the bankrupted pension plan of the company he destroyed, allowing Fun With Dick And Jane to pat itself on the back for having the brass cojones to boldly take a stand against the terrible people ruining everyone’s life with their unforgivable greed.

    Fun With Dick And Jane closes with Dick, Jane, and the son we’ve spent a good three minutes getting to know driving happily off into the distance, when Dick sees a man he tried to hold up earlier in the film, who says he’s “…hooked up with a new company! Great benefits! Yeah. They trade energy! It’s called Enron.” Then the end credits begin by thanking Kenny Lay, Enron, and the principals of other companies whose duplicity inspired the film. Even if Fun With Dick And Jane were sharper, this would reek of noxious self-aggrandizement. Considering the toothlessness of the non-satire, it seems much worse than that; it feels disingenuous and dishonest. The filmmakers lazily give themselves too much credit for a level of satire they never even aspire to, let alone attain.

    Fun With Dick And Jane connected with audiences enough to be the 18th highest-grossing film of 2005, with a domestic gross that put it just above Apatow’s other project of the year, The 40-Year-Old Virgin. So while the film purposefully avoids saying anything satirical about the capitalism or corporate greed, it at least offered people whose pensions had been fleeced by the likes of Kenneth Lay the cathartic opportunity to see a man who makes $20 million a movie pretend to strike a blow against corporate stooges for the benefit of the imaginary workers of a fictional company that doesn’t even exist by the end of the film. That is the essence of the film’s movie magic: It embodies such a preposterous world of pure fantasy that it never honestly addresses the soul-shaking dread that should be at its core.

    Oh well. Perhaps the third time this weirdly timely, weirdly timeless tale gets told—say, following the economic crash of 2027, when the robot-aliens in power decide to downsize the lot of us—it will finally succeed in realizing at least a fraction of its endless wasted potential.

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  31. i think carrey needs another dramatic role at his age his humor getting old he excels better at drama anyways truman show good example

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    • I’d like to see Carry stick with supporting roles whether they are in dramas or comedies. I think that’s a better fit for him these days than leading man roles.

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  32. he just needs the right material

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  33. dumb and dumber too should be a hit

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  34. I’m in SHOCK that In Living Color, the tv show, was not mentioned in this article! That was my introduction to Jim Carrey. He was really good on that show.

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  35. Jim Carrey To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ Oct. 25 Ahead of ‘Dumber To’ Debut:
    http://deadline.com/2014/10/jim-carrey-to-host-saturday-night-live-oct-25-ahead-of-dumber-to-debut-850110/

    By David Bloom on Oct 12, 2014 8:00 pm

    Jim Carrey will host Saturday Night Live for its Oct. 25 episode, the show announced during last night’s broadcast. Up-and-coming electronic diva Iggy Azalea will be the musical guest. Carrey’s appearance is tied to the long-in-arriving sequel Dumb and Dumber To, costarring Jeff Daniels, due to debut in theaters Nov. 14. Dumb and Dumber To also stars Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden and Rob… Read

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  36. Jim Carrey Says BATMAN FOREVER Co-Star Tommy Lee Jones Hated Him:
    http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=110135#.VFA5LR28MOc.facebook

    Jim Carrey (“The Mask”) appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show today and was asked about the rumors of him and his Batman Forever co-star Tommy Lee Jones (“The Fugitive”) not getting along. Come listen to it or read the transcript fashionnstyle.com wrote up.

    Riddle me this, riddle me that, why did Jim Carrey’s Batman Forever co-star Tommy Lee Jones hate the funnyman so much? Before the two actors began working on Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman film, the two sort of competed at the box office. In December of 1994, Jim Carrey had Dumb and Dumber coming out the same weekend Tommy Lee Jones had his Ty Cobb biopic Cobb coming out. Carrey’s film pulled in $16M in its opening weekend and went on to gross $247M. While Tommy Lee Jones’ Cobb opened in limited release, pulling in only $63,786, and would end up grossing just north of a million. Above is audio of Jim Carrey’s appearance on the Howard Stern Show, in which he discusses the matter, or you could read the transcription that fashionnstyle.com have written.

    Howard Stern asked:

    “When you were doing ‘Batman Forever,’ the legend goes that you were on the set fighting with Tommy Lee Jones the whole time. The two of you did not get along at all, you annoyed him, he annoyed you…”
    Jim Carrey explained:

    “I was really looking forward to working with Tommy, but he was a little crusty. I think he was just a little freaked out because ‘Dumb and Dumber’ came out on the same weekend as [his movie] ‘Cobb,’ and ‘Cobb’ was his big swing for the fences and that didn’t work out and that freaked him out a bit.”

    Jim Carrey recounts first time meeting Tommy Lee Jones:

    “I walked into a restaurant the night before our big scene in The Riddler’s lair and [Tommy was there]. I went up to say hi and the blood drained from his face, in such a way that I realized that I had become the face of his pain. He got up, kind of shaking, hugged me and said ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I was like ‘Wow, ok. Well, what’s going on man?’ And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.’ He did not want to work with me.”

    Riddle me this, riddle me that, you’ll adventure on the wings of bat! Brace for excitement as Val Kilmer (Batman), Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face), Jim Carrey (the Riddler), Nicole Kidman (Dr. Chase Meridian) and Chris O’Donnell (Robin) star in the third spectacular film in Warner Bros.’ Batman series. Joel Schumacher (The Client) directs and Tim Burton co-produces this thrill-ride of a movie that thunders along on Batmobile, Batwing, Batboat, Batsub and bold heroics. Hang on!

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    • I have always felt like Jones was so intimidated by Carrey and so afraid of being upstaged by him that he acted like a buffoon himself. He tried to out-Carrey Carrey which was a huge miscalculation. If he would have played Two Face as a serious threat, it would have been a perfect compliment to Carrey’s goofy Riddler. But instead, he went down as one of the worst villains in the series.

      Either way, that make-up and costume wasn’t helping matters. He was doomed from the outset.

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      • Tommy Lee Jones Really Disliked Jim Carrey:
        http://officialfan.proboards.com/thread/511142/tommy-lee-jones-disliked-carrey?page=3

        Post by Death to Analog on yesterday at 11:05pm

        And of the two of them, Jim Carrey easily gave the better performance in the film. Sure, there was plenty of buffoonery from him, but it was (relatively) in keeping with the character and was the whole reason Carrey was cast in the first place.

        Tommy Lee Jones was fresh off an Oscar win, was playing a character that had a lot of depth and gravitas too it… and took it in the one-dimensional “wah, look at me, I’m crrrrrrrazy!” direction.

        Post by Death to Analog on 17 hours ago

        Schumacher apparently wanted a darker Two-Face performance than what we got, which led to battles between the two on set and both vowing to never work with each other again. Given how honest Schumacher’s been about accepting the faults of the movies, I’m inclined to believe it was just a lazy performance from TLJ.

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  37. tommy lee jones is known to be a douch hes a better actor then carrery and as good as carrey is hes no tommy but tommy is a dick towards his fans and difficult to work with it dosent surprise i heard he said to carrey iam classical trained actor your just a comdien yet jones only acted in 2 Broadway plays he took no lessons hes slightly more trained then carrey but not classically trained kilmer had his own feud with joel it seemed like everyone hated eachother in batman forever carrey i never heard any bad things about him hes a nice guy dumb and dumber 2 will be his comeback jones career is doing fine he wont ever be on this site but him and kilmer could learn a thing or two about not being an asshole despite your fame like carrery who hasnt let fame get to his head carrey is awesome and its shame he was oscar snubbed for truman show

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  38. batman forever was fun movie it was good no one was bad in it its a good movie not the best but not the worst to be honest i never hated a single batman movie each entertaining some better then others but still fun

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  39. its doing good lebeau looks like his career is back

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    • It’s way too early to say something like that. A #1 opening is nice. But what’s going to happen next week? What does Carrey do for an encore?

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      • New Feature!: 20 Years Later:
        https://znculturecast.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/new-feature-20-years-later/

        In 20 Years Later, I will take a look at the cultural impact films have had in the two decades since their theatrical releases. I invite Nick to join in on the fun as well! Our first film covered in this new feature is Dumb and Dumber, the influential 1994 mega-hit that featured Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels and was directed by the Farrelly brothers, who would go on to make several other films of varying quality over the next two decades. Their latest film, Dumb and Dumber To, just happens to be a sequel to their most popular (arguably) film, and I have absolutely zero intention of seeing it in theaters because it looks horrible. But first, the original must be discussed.

        In December of 1994, Jim Carrey scored his third big hit of the year with Dumb and Dumber, a comedy by the Farrelly brothers that met with mixed critical reception but enormous box office success and popular acclaim, grossing almost 250 million dollars worldwide against a budget of only 17 million (seven of which went to Carrey’s salary, amazingly). I, and every kid I knew, fell in love with the film, and Jim Carrey became everyone’s favorite comedic actor and a physical comedy tour-de-force in the process. The film would go on to become tremendously influential, immensely quotable, and a cable TV staple. It would also spawned a short-lived cartoon series, a prequel film no one asked for (made by a completely different creative crew), and a recently released sequel, which just happened to coincide with career low-points for everyone involved except co-star Jeff Daniels.

        But would Dumb and Dumber as a film hold up to scrutiny after two decades and hundreds and hundreds of comedy films in its wake? That’s the question that needs exploring. Let’s take a look first at what holds up in the film before the bad stuff.

        So, What Holds Up?:

        The performances definitely hold up – Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are still great as Lloyd and Harry. The two give amazing physical performances and are both genuinely hilarious in their roles. There’s a reason why the two actors became so closely associated with this movie. Co-star Lauren Holly is also cute as all get out, though her role is much smaller than I remember it being from when I was a kid. It’s hard to believe that she didn’t go on to bigger and better things. I would have loved to see her in more high profile roles.

        The physical comedy also holds up. It’s pretty obvious that the Farrelly brothers have an affinity for the Three Stooges, as Harry and Lloyd are clearly modeled after Stooge-like characters and updated for the 90s. I’m not a fan of particularly mean-spirited comedy, and Dumb and Dumber ventures off into that territory at points, but it doesn’t cross over into being unfunny. Many of the gags are still hilarious, and some of the more subtle looks characters give each other went completely unnoticed by me until this critical viewing. Jim Carrey can make a hell of a goofy face as well.

        And What Doesn’t Hold Up?:

        The fashion, the music, the directorial style – it’s all so very 1990s. In many ways the Farrellys never completely moved on from this style either. All of their subsequently released movies, including Kingpin, There’s Something About Mary, and Me, Myself, and Irene look almost exactly the same and follow the same format essentially. Two of those three movies even have a road trip element to them. It’s like they found something comfortable and stuck with it for most of their careers. Dumb and Dumber isn’t directed in any way that makes it stand out from the crowd whatsoever. Even Carrey’s other two 1994 megahits, Ace Ventura and especially The Mask, have directorial flourishes that make them stand out in some way.

        I realize it’s really unfair to fault a film for its time period, but early 90s fashion is about as bad as it gets. At one point Jeff Daniels dons a hot pink ski suit and it looks absolutely horrid. Additionally, none of the villains are particularly noteworthy or worth remembering. The female villain, J.P. Shay (played by actress Karen Duffy), disappears halfway through the film and doesn’t factor into the plot after that. Lead villain Andre, played with a layer of sliminess by actor Charles Rocket, isn’t developed enough by the script to be particularly menacing or threatening.

        So, What’s the Assessment?:

        Dumb and Dumber isn’t as funny as I remember in some places, but it’s also extremely funny in other places I had forgotten about in the years since I last watched it. It’s easy to see why it’s considered a comedy classic, even if it veers into territory I don’t always find particularly funny. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are great in it and the script is surprisingly focused – the film doesn’t lag in any one particular area. The Farrelly brothers’ directing style never progressed beyond the 90s and the film certainly shows its age in that respect, but I still find Dumb and Dumber to be a funny movie regardless (in much the way I still like films like Sixteen Candles). Just because it’s a time capsule doesn’t make it bad. It has it faults, but it’s still pretty damn funny.

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        • “At one point Jeff Daniels dons a hot pink ski suit and it looks absolutely horrid.”

          That’ll be the outfit that’s described IN THE SCRIPT as being Eurotrash, yes?

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        • 10 Delayed Sequels That Really Weren’t Worth The Wait:
          http://whatculture.com/film/10-delayed-sequels-that-really-werent-worth-the-wait.php/8

          Dumb And Dumber To (20 Years)

          Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s debut feature is without a doubt one of the greatest studio comedies ever made, a gross, stupid and more importantly hilarious comedy that also features a surprising amount of heart and charm. Comedy sequels are very difficult to pull off, and it took a full 20 years for follow-up Dumb and Dumber To to hit theaters. When it did, audiences were greeted with a final product that was closer in quality to the misjudged 2003 prequel than the original classic.

          While there is nostalgia value in seeing Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back as dimwit best friends Harry and Lloyd, the effect soon wears off after sitting through a string of largely unfunny sketches. Whereas in the original the main characters were portrayed as harmless and innocent idiots, in the sequel they come across as mean, vulgar and often plain creepy middle-aged men.

          A handful of decent gags isn’t enough to sustain an entire movie, and Dumb and Dumber To joins the lengthy list of disappointing comedy sequels.

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        • DUMB AND DUMBER TO (2014):
          http://cinefilestv.blogspot.com/2015/09/dumb-and-dumber-to-2014.html

          It’s been 20 years and Harry Dunn has found something out – he has a daughter! Lloyd Christmas, his equally dim-witted friend, takes one look at a picture of her, develops a crush, and insists the two track her down. What ensues when Harry finally agrees is a bizarre encounter with an old lady and more hilarity because of their sheer stupidity.

          Now while I will admit the first film is one of my laugh out loud comedic favorites. I knew once I began seeing the trailers this would be disappointing.

          Now having watched it, it’s not as bad as I would think. It actually had me laughing out of pure silliness rather than jokes. As with most Farrelly brother films. They all have a certain nasty charm. Where we shouldn’t like the film or most of it’s character by the end they have won us over, it might even be by exhausting our defended until we give in.

          The Farrelly brothers early comedies seem to all be on point. Then they reached critical mass with THERE’s Something About Mary. After that they seemed to try and repeat that success hard by soon making their films less well structured comedically and more about shocking and gross out gags. These films seemed to diminish on quality. Though against hey all had this aw shucks charm that they tried to relate and would land. Maybe it is their tendency to have so many writers on a project that they seem to go all over the place and have so many different tones.

          With this film though it is familiar and gross at times. They seem to have slowed and softened a bit. Letting the film not be all I out shock and grossness. Unless I have just gotten used to their films. It seems here while more about jokes and keeping a comedic spirit. It also seems like they are trying. Even if half the gags feel flat or like nothing new.

          It’s a nice follow up, but even with the same characters and actors still seems to not measure up to the original. The original seemed more focused in it’s agenda. Here it seems like a bunch of made up gags while needing the characters to get from point A to point B.

          It is nice to see Kathleen Turner on the big screen again and in a more comedic role then she has been in, in awhile.

          After all these years Jeff Daniels actually seems to good for his role here. He full commits and seems to be having fun, but recently as he has been in more dramatic roles or smarter comedic roles it feels like a backslide it makes him feel less believable in the role that we remember him in.

          Jeff Daniels won his first Emmy award the night before production began.

          Jim Carrey of course is over the top and fully commits and is all over the place. Though somehow his mad antics don’t add up to the demented joy that he bring to the role in the original. Maybe we as an audience are so used to his hijinks that if hems not going. Above and beyond it seems fun yet typical?

          The films story is predictable, though the surprises are more in the comedy and how they get to the punchlines. Even if at times it makes no sense.

          Now, no matter what I am usually a fan of Farrelly brother comedies. As even at their worse I can find something nice to say or admire about the films they make and are involved in. Even MOVIE 43 which i will just say was a good idea and bad follow through. Not entirely their faults. Here the film seems like most of their recent output. It’s ok at a base level. Yet never rises above OK. Especially as sequels are supposed to be bigger. Usually trying to be better hey come off as the same or below. Here of course it’s not as good, but it also seems like little effort or fanfare was made when it comes to story, characters or gags. Almost feels randomly inspired. Like they were at the locations and then thought what can we do now, here.

          Considering their last few films like HALL PASS and the remake of THE HEARTBREAK KID. It is kind of a relief that this film in sexually clean and chaste. Next to those films as this is aimed more at a teen audience then anything else.

          If you are a completest and huge fan of the original. You might find some laughs and enjoyment here. It just seems like the spirit of the film was taken or that no one had as much energy as they had with the previous film. As before they seemed to enjoy trying to prove something. Here they already have success. Items like a reunion tour only with some familiar hits, but a bunch of new material. That they act liens are gifts. As they will be new classics. Unfortunately they play more like filler.

          GRADE: C-

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    • 12 Terrible Movies That Killed An Actor’s Winning Streak:
      http://whatculture.com/film/12-terrible-movies-that-killed-an-actors-winning-streak.php/8

      1. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – Jim Carrey

      The Streak: Though Carrey’s boom period was largely considered to be during the mid-1990s, his longest streak came during the 2000s, beginning with Bruce Almighty and continuing with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (more critically than commercially), Fun with Dick and Jane, The Number 23 (financially even though critics trashed it), Horton Hears A Who!, Yes Man, I Love You Philip Morris (again, critically more so than at the box office), A Christmas Carol and Mr Popper’s Penguins. For ten straight movies, Carrey hit with either critics, audiences or both, proving the popular comedian’s staying power.

      The Film That Broke It: Though the starring role was taken by Steve Carell, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone was heavily sold on Jim Carrey’s supporting part as a flashy magician boasting a unique physical appearance. Despite Carrey’s game performance in the part, the movie failed to make its $30 million budget back and was panned by critics for failing to make the most of its promising premise.

      Current Status: Kick-Ass 2 was also a box office disappointment despite making a profit (Carrey was easily the best thing in it), but the actor rebounded with last year’s

      Dumber and Dumber To, which grossed $162.4 million against a $40 million budget, reinforcing his popularity. As for future roles, the actor has absolutely nothing on the slate, so it remains to be seen whether the sequel succeeded more because of the nostalgia factor than for Carrey. His star certainly isn’t as bright as it once was, but he’s clearly not out for the count either.

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      • Anyone who judges Wonderstone’s BO failure on Carrey’s performance is an idiot. I’m sorry, but I didn’t see a bad review of his performance. Nor of Buscemi’s. Carell, Wilde, and the script, on the other hand …

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  40. he could work with peter weir again in dramatic role recreate truman show success

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  41. 10 Actors Who Must Regret Turning Down Major Film Roles:
    http://whatculture.com/film/10-actors-who-must-regret-turning-down-major-film-roles.php/6

    1. Jim Carrey – Jack Sparrow (Pirates Of The Caribbean)

    Captain Jack Sparrow is easily one of the most movie popular, recognizable movie characters of the 21st century, and Johnny Depp has played him brilliantly, combining great humor and charm. His decision to base the character on Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones’ legendary guitarist, was a masterstroke, and it’s almost impossible to imagine anyone else playing the zany pirate.

    What many people don’t know, however, is that Jim Carrey was actually director Gore Verbinksi’s preferred choice for the role. He had been the biggest comedy actor on the planet during the mid 1990s, starring in The Mask, Dumb And Dumber and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, but by 2002 he wasn’t quite as prolific as he had been. His amazing energy, charisma and comic brilliance made him perfect to play Sparrow in the eyes of Verbinski though.

    As it happened, filming for The Curse Of The Black Pearl clashed with Carrey’s comedy Bruce Almighty, meaning The Truman Show star had to frustratingly turn down the role. Despite Bruce Almighty’s success, had he been able to play Sparrow it would have been huge for him, both in terms of money and his popularity. The Pirates Of The Caribbean movies have grossed over one billion dollars worldwide, and they have made Depp one of the world’s most bankable movie stars.

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    • 1) Carrey’s never been a big one for franchises.
      2) ‘Bruce Almighty’ was a massive success, even if I personally think it’s a bit feeble.
      3) Depp is, on current numbers, nowhere near one of the the world’s most bankable movie stars. ‘Mortdecai’ is coming in with crap box office, and ‘The Lone Ranger’ was just embarrassing. DD2 had crap reviews, but the box office was great.

      and 4) Mr.Clay, it’s all very well consistently posting links to other people’s opinions, but what do you think?

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      • 10 Actors Who Desperately Need A Hit:
        http://www.cinemablend.com/new/10-Actors-Who-Desperately-Need-Hit-70382-p9.html

        Jim Carrey

        Last hit: It was supposed to be Dumb and Dumber To. That didn’t happen. So you have to look all the way back to 2009’s A Christmas Carol — where Carrey played multiple characters – to dust off the comedian’s last big hit.

        Recent misses: Outside of that reunion with the Farrelly Brothers, Carrey swung and missed on Kick-Ass 2 (a movie he condemned after shooting, to be fair), the mediocre Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and the edgy indie comedy I Love You, Phillip Morris. Even Yes Man, which felt like a traditional Carrey vehicle, stalled before the $100-million mark back in 2008.

        Next chance: Unknown. Possibly stung by the tepid response to Dumb and Dumber To, Carrey has nothing on the books, as reported. Rumors of a third Ace Ventura remains just that… rumors.

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  42. now with dumb and dumber to being hit he can do dramas he some clout

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  43. The Anonymous Lady

    Hey, remember when Jim Carrey got Oscar buzz?! I do! Here: https://prettyandwittyandbright.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/movies-awards-season-oscar-snubs/6/

    Times change…

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  44. eastwood got his first oscar nom when he was 63 gary old man 53 michael keaton 64 sean connery 57 hopkins 55 so jim will likely be like keaton get a makeup oscar for all times hes snubbed and win

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  45. forrestbracket

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4334266/ link jim and keanu two people on the website are making movie together

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  46. Most underrated Jim Carrey movie?

    http://officialfan.proboards.com/thread/520611/most-underrated-jim-carrey-movie

    *Earth Girls Are Easy.

    9th
    1 vote (2.00%)

    *Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.

    5th
    3 votes (6.00%)

    *Batman Forever.

    9th
    1 vote (2.00%)

    *The Cable Guy.

    2nd
    12 votes (24.00%)

    *Man on the Moon.

    1st
    13 votes (26.00%)

    *Me, Myself, & Irene.

    9th
    1 vote (2.00%)

    *Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

    14th
    0 votes (0%)

    *The Majestic.

    3rd
    7 votes (14.00%)

    *Bruce Almighty.

    9th
    1 vote (2.00%)

    *Fun with Dick and Jane.

    6th
    2 votes (4.00%)

    *The Number 23.

    9th
    1 vote (2.00%)

    *Yes Man.

    6th
    2 votes (4.00%)

    *I Love You Phillip Morris.

    14th
    0 votes (0%)

    *A Christmas Carol.

    14th
    0 votes (0%)

    *Dumb and Dumber To.

    6th
    2 votes (4.00%)

    *Other.

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  47. forrestbracket

    that movie with keanu sounds like a hit it benefit jim and keanu career not that those guys are doing bad.

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  48. This recent article had a paragraph about “American” comedians’ overseas impact which sums up why JC keeps ticking over despite the US’s perception that he’s done & dusted. Apparently most of the comedians’ films struggle to breach 30% of earnings overseas, but then …

    “A true global comedy titan like Jim Carrey – who has barely dropped below 40% since The Mask made an astonishing 65.9% abroad in 1994, when he was little-known – is a once-a-decade phenomenon.”

    (from: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/apr/22/global-box-office-child-44-furious-7-paul-blart-mall-cop-2)

    & I’m with forrestbracket that ‘The Bad Batch’ looks like a seriously interesting new project. Probably the most intriguing predominantly male cast I’ve seen in, um, forever.

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  49. forrestbracket

    i think this will be interesting step in jims career tkaing more darker roles. i wish he got more credit for eternel sunshine and truman show great movies

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  50. 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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  51. WatchMojo’s Top 10 Jim Carrey Performances

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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. Cathriona White, Jim Carrey’s on-and-off girlfriend, has reportedly committed suicide http://peoplem.ag/XVOsp15

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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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  61. 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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  62. 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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  63. Jim Carrey and Sylvester Stallone on WatchMojo’s Top 10 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless

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  64. 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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    • 8 Insane Things Celebrities Actually Believe Are Real Science

      http://whatculture.com/science/8-insane-things-celebrities-actually-believe-are-real-science?page=6

      Jim Carrey Is An Anti-Vaxxer

      Sigh. It always hurts to read those words.

      A brief stroll through Carrey’s twitter will probably be enough to give you an idea of his views on vaccines. The actor vehemently condemns the “poisoning” of our children (not the children!) with “mercury and aluminum in manditory [sic] vaccines.”

      He also says that, “They say mercury in fish is dangerous but forcing all of our children to be injected with mercury in thimerosol [sic] is no risk. Make sense?”

      Yes, it’s probably too much to ask that an anti-vaxxer actually knows what they’re talking about, but in a few short tweets, Carrey manages to prove that he has literally no idea how vaccines work. He doesn’t know, for example, that ethylmercury – which is a byproduct of thimerosal, used to preserve vaccines – is different to methylmercury – which is found in fish- and is found in completely negligible amounts. Neither does he know that aluminium is used as an adjuvant in vaccines to stimulate the immune system and make them more effective.

      No, Carrey has fallen into the trap of being frightened by things he doesn’t understand. Thankfully, anti-vaxxers are a dying breed, it’s just a shame that they’ve got to take the confused and frightened down with them.

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      It seems like his whole shtick turned out to be actual insanity. Setting aside anti-vaxxers (which is tough for me,) you’ve still got stuff like tweet-creeping Emma Stone, The Number 23 and the rest. Knowing where things went takes some of the fun out of watching him be “pretend” insane when he was younger.

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        • Why did Hollywood stop casting Jim Carrey?

          https://www.quora.com/Why-did-Hollywood-stop-casting-Jim-Carrey

          Charlotte Lang, Pianist since 1970. Singer since 1992
          Answered Aug 30, 2016 · Upvoted by Richard White, Member of Actor’s Equity and SAG/AFTRA
          Not an expert, but having observed the careers of actors that started off as stand up comedians, they appear to follow a predictable trajectory:

          They become the “it” person -either their act breaks through to a national audience, or they get picked up by a show like Saturday Night Live (or in Carrey’s case, “In Living Color”) that exposes them to a wider audience, or they get cast in a TV or movie and they catch on.
          They then enjoy a period of success in various movies or TV that lasts for a while, like Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Jimmy “JJ” Walker, Monique, Sinbad, etc. There is a period where Hollywood movers and shakers cannot put the “it” flavor in a movie or a TV sitcom fast enough.
          Then they cool. Their brand of comedy or their persona gets old and they are unable to rebrand themselves as actors who can supersede their comic persona, and there is another “it” person who has broken through and sucked all the air out of the room. Good examples would be comedians like Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, or Jimmy Walker.
          It is at the cooling point that if they don’t figure out how to make the transition from comedian to a legitimate actor who happens to be a comedian, they will either die off or be relegated to the sidelines. Some have managed to make that transition and as a result they enjoy(ed) strong acting careers, or at least steady visible work that has kept them in the national eye: Robin Williams, Bill Murray, Billy Crystal, Joan Rivers, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Redd Foxx, Phyllis Diller, Bob Newhart, George Lopez, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, etc. Some of these comedians left the comedian part so far behind people have forgotten that they used to be comedians first.

          Tina Fey is in that limbo stage now-it remains to be seen if she can sustain a visible long lasting career as an actress. Certainly the acclaim she has gotten from her stint on 30 Rock can be used as leverage, and she has a movie out (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”) but it is really too early to know how her career will go. Given how short women’s careers in front of the camera tend to be on average even for acclaimed actresses, she may find herself transitioning to producing and maybe directing before long. Other currently hot women comedians such as Amy Schumer and Leslie Jones may be entering that limbo stage now-the jury is still out on them as far as longevity.

          The key is to figure out how to be more than just a comedian and many comedians simply cannot do that, either because they don’t possess the acting talent to do so, or just for whatever reason, no matter how hard they try they cannot break through as more serious actors-either the opportunities don’t come or their personas that made them successful as comedians simply are so overwhelming that they aren’t seen as being viable for more dramatic or tamer parts-and they cannot get cast. Jim Carrey appears to be one of those comedians who cannot make that transition, just like Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell appear not to be able to.

          Robin Williams was pretty smart when it came to this-he had a manical, jittery, very physical comic persona (which personally made me crazy after about five minutes) that wasn’t all that different from what Carrey’s brand of humor was like-take a look at any episode of “Mork and Mindy”or any of his standup routines. What I think he did differently with regards to his career than what Sandler, Farrell and Carrey did was that he didn’t choose projects that capitalized on that comedic persona. He went directly from “Mork and Mindy” to projects like “Good Morning Vietnam”, “Dead Poets Society” as well as other serious (or at least more sedate roles if they were comedic) roles and was able to establish himself as a serious actor. Even a movie like “Mrs. Doubtfire” had enough meat to the character where Williams was able to demonstrate some range as an actor-it wasn’t two hours of mugging and cutting the fool like a Sandler, Carrey, or Ferrell movie would be. Bill Murray and Billy Crystal did the same thing to a lesser degree-they both chose projects post-SNL that were less mugging in front of the camera for two hours and more about acting. In contrast, Sandler, Ferrell and Carrey continued to make goofball movies that for the most part further cemented their personas, and when that ran out of gas, so did their high profile careers.

          I don’t think Jim Carrey is an anomaly. He is following the typical track I’ve seen with stand up comedians: he burned brightly for a time, then flamed out when his persona wore thin.

          Warren Kramer, Visualist
          Answered Aug 22, 2016
          Why did Hollywood stop casting Jim Carrey?

          I don’t know that I’d say they’ve stopped casting him, dude still gets work. If you look at his list of credits on IMDB, you’ll see that he has two credits in 2014, and two in 2016: Jim Carrey

          I will say that he was less successful at broadening his talent than another actor who first gained attention as an outrageous comic. Carrey tried doing largely dramatic roles with mixed success. Compare that with the late great Robin Williams, who proved he could sell tickets in dramatic roles as well as over-the-top crazy ones.

          I remember seeing Jim Carrey in a minor role in some low-budget Canadian after school special, before he was famous. I recall thinking he was probably going to go far. The only reason I remember this is because he did. But in the end, he just doesn’t have the range of talents of a Robin Williams.

          That range made Williams a more bankable star, and the lack of it has limited Carrey to the relatively fewer roles for which he is suited.

          Dimitris Chloupis, Another Lawyer trying to change profession and become a game developer
          Answered Dec 16, 2016
          I don’t think Hollywood stopped casting Carrey. Carrey is an extraordinary actor , not just comedian, as he has proven again and again . Till 2004 he has a wide array of very successful films. Films that will be watched again and again.

          Its not just that his acting is great , its also the film themselves that have interesting stories.

          But after that though he remains an amazing actor the films he starred in are far from amazing.

          Some people saying that his problem is that he did not stick to what he knows best, comedy, but if you ask me this is a ton of bs because his dramatic films have been as successful as his dramatic films , I will even dare to say that they are even better.

          None the less after 2004 his choice of films starts to decline. I noticed this first with Number 23, not a bad film but I felt watching it that he deserved a much better story.

          Someone mentioned my favourite comedian Robin Williams as a comparison and that he has limited range compared to Robin. Do I prefer Robin ? Sure , but I do not think for a second that Jim has any issue doing dramatic roles.

          Even if accept that he has an issue, things did not look good for Robin Williams either after 2002 . Sure he had a few of popular films but in most of them he played a secondary role. However the majority of them have been like Jim’s from mediocre to plain bad.

          Frankly going through a dry spell , even a long one lasting more than a decade, is normal for Actors. Why that happens ? My theory is that they just burn out at some point working hard and maybe the decide to turn down the volume . It may be luck .

          However I think the big reason has nothing to do with actors at all.

          I think that Comedy in general , Hollywood wise, passes through a crisis for over a decade now. For over a decade now , sci fi is doing amazing , capitalizing the advances in computer graphics. As a matter of fact the latest great comedy has been the biggest suprise of last 5 years. Deadpool. Cannot even remember a comedy that I had a big laugh after Deadpool or even before that .

          During 80s it was the golden age of Comedy but now is the Golden age of Sci Fi (including super heroes and fantasy).

          As it is usual with these things Comedy will become popular again when people get bored with big budget sci fi movies.

          In the end actors like Robin and Jim need very good stories to shine, especially comedic stories where they excel, they did not have such a big array of choices for over a decade now.

          Drama has not been doing great either , look at the amazing actor Antony Hopkins, who he is well, amazing. Probably the best actor alive. He has not done anything significant after Beowolf in 2007 , with the exception of Thor and lately Westoworld which is not even a film.

          Thing in Hollywood generally are not very good, people have been going less and less to the theatres, USA is no longer a big market forcing Hollywood to concetrate on other big rising markets like China, the main reason being the economic crisis. To make things even worse because of the rise of internet TV, big productions have been moving to this medium.

          Netflix just a week ago released in my country (Greece) a sci fi that blow my mind. Story , production, directing , acting , music anything inside it made me feel I was watching a big budget Hollywood movie in a movie theater . Pretty much convinced me that cinema as we know it is slowly dying in. The future is Internet TV and Virtual Reality.

          So the problem is not on the individual , its complex time of rapid change.

          Jon Mixon, Well over 13,000 movies by now.
          Answered Aug 21, 2016
          They haven’t.
          He has a niche in child entertainment films and small comedies where his manic antics and overly broad comedy would play well to fans. Unfortunately, as he ages, Mr. Carrey seems to be leaning toward dramatic roles for which he often ill-suited.

          If Carrey accepted his limitations as a performer and simply stuck what he is good at, he would be seen a great deal more in Hollywood features. He won’t and while he’ll never actually disappear, he will become less relevant as time moves forward.

          Dean La Douceur, works at Round Table Promotions
          Answered Dec 20, 2016
          I think if many of us worked in the current Studio system that movies are made under these days, I think many of us would take a step back and reassess our priorities like Jim Carrey did.

          I heard him interviewed on Howard Stern where he talked about the layers and layers of bureaucracy that shape a studio made movie these days. He wants to be able to be entertaining and not have to write comedy by committee. He doesn’t want somebody to have to absolutely guarantee that the movie is going to absolutely be a success. Instead he wants the freedom to express things that are funny and humorous and engaging to him.

          Carey was fortunate and cursed to make some of the most financially successful movies of his early career. So many Studio Moguls seem to think that he can reach into his bag of tricks and pull out another Dumb and Dumber or The Mask at will. This comes from the mindset of people who also couldn’t tell a decent dirty joke at a cocktail party.

          I seriously doubt that you’ve seen the last of Jim Carrey. I still believe he is a very bankable star who’s got some very funny and entertaining things to say in the future. You just are not going to see him turn out movies the same way McDonald’s turns out hamburgers.

          Justin Benson, CEO of Spreedly
          Answered Sep 6, 2016
          No one mentioned his support for the immunization = autism theories. That turned off a lot of Hollywood execs as well as his target market (mother’s who would take children/teenagers to his movies) In addition, he had that awkward stalking/video/love declaration for a much younger actress.

          When you add in the fact he was unable to pivot professionally like Robin Williams you get a downward spiral.

          Scott Vrable
          Answered Sep 8, 2016
          I think Jim Carrey is his own biggest enemy. After doing a lot of funny and successful but silly comedies in the 90s, he started to go the more “respectable” dramatic route with The Truman Show. The Truman Show was widely lauded by audiences and critics alike, but it was no secret that Jim Carrey was angling for an Academy Award; unfortunately, he was snubbed by the Academy altogether and didn’t even get a nomination.

          It wasn’t long before Carrey doubled-down on a prestige biopic by going the full-out method acting route in Man on Moon. Whether one likes the movie or not, it was undoubtably one of his best performances and, again, he was completely snubbed by the Academy.

          Carrey’s next “serious acting” attempt was The Majestic which had “Oscar-bait” written all over it. It was a somewhat cheesy throwback to Frank Capra movies of 40s that also made a half-assed comment on the blacklist of 50s Hollywood. No surprise, the Academy completely ignored his performance again.

          Carrey basically tried one more time by going the small indie-movie route with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. A lot of people, including me, think this was probably his best movie to date, but not necessarily Oscar-worthy for his largely muted (but great) performance. He, again, wasn’t nominated.

          After that, it seems like Carrey gave up. (Let’s not discuss the disaster that was The Number 23.) For the most part, he returned to the silly comedies that first made him famous. But they weren’t funny anymore. Maybe it was just that times have changed, or Jim Carrey wasn’t aged well or maybe he just stopped caring that’s come through. I don’t know. As other posters have said, he’s still getting work, but he’s just not as visible or relevant anymore.

          It’s sad. I think if he had stopped chasing the Oscar, he could have gone the Bill Murray route after Eternal Sunshine and kept doing small indie dramadies and continued to be a really well-respected actor who did great movies instead of the over-the-hill hack a lot of people think he’s become.

          Drew Gormley, Writer and funnymaker, who thought up jokes you’ve been quoting for years.
          Answered Nov 2, 2016
          There’s a line in KickAss 2 that sums up Jim’s life philosophy.

          “Try to have some fun with it. Otherwise, what’s the point?”

          I don’t agree with your assessment that he’s not being cast.

          I think he’s just not taking anything he doesn’t want to do. He has enough money to meditate all day and paint and write kids books and ponder the universe. He’s given quite a few speeches that show he’s broken through the illusion of ego, and is now focusing on how he treats others instead of amassing more wealth.

          So for me, the real question is, why is it so hard to imagine that he doesn’t NEED to be cast anymore now that he’s proven his value again and again?

          Jim is a rare human being who drove himself to the top with ambition and did in fact see it didn’t answer his deeper needs as a person. Gary Shandling came to the same conclusion in his work as well, and was seriously meditating at the end.

          Think about what lies ABOVE Hollywood that makes so much magic come true?

          Jesse Frankel, works at Writers and Authors
          Answered Aug 21, 2016
          They haven’t, but trends change, and Carrey’s gone from his madcap manic persona to doing some more introspective movies, some of which have been good and some which haven’t. He was good in I Love You, Phillip Morris. A very offbeat film, but a good one. The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine…when he goes dramatic, it seems his work is either very well liked or panned. No in-between with him.

          Personally, I prefer a more restrained version of him and in some films—although I’m not a fan—he’s been excellent. If a role comes along and he’s suited for it, well, wait and see. He has improved as a dramatic actor, that’s for sure.

          Richard Luck, Pro critic since 1994, author of books on Steve McQueen and Sam Peckinpah
          Answered Aug 26, 2016
          As most of the other responders have said, Hollywood hasn’t given up on Mr Carrey. However, it’s fair to say that, to a certain suggest, Jim has given up on Hollywood.

          In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, Carrey adopted a strong anti-gun stance that left him reluctant to promote Kick-Ass 2. Since then, he has largely concentrated on family-oriented projects in tune with his new worldview.

          Not that he doesn’t still have a sense of mischief. Indeed, if you’ve seen the video for his anti-NRA anthem ‘Cold Dead Hands’, you’ll be aware that we haven’t entirely said farewell to the mischief Mr Carrey.

          Salena Gao, I want to rid people of their concerns
          Answered Sep 20
          I don’t think it was their choice to be honest.

          Jim has become less focused on fame and more on his spiritual well-being and I don’t believe he is as interested in playing his old character anymore. He is trying to wake up the rest of the world and is doing so through different avenues.

          Did you know that he became an artist?

          To get a sense of his change, you can watch his commencement speech here, where you can see glimpses of his old comedic self, along with his new enlightened self:

          Gus Miranda
          Answered Aug 31, 2016
          One of the things to consider is that people change. And their professional priorities and goals change as they get older. In the 90s, Jim Carrey was at one point the highest paid actor in Hollywood. That’s a professional peak that once reached, can’t be maintained for long.

          What I found when searching for him on Google is that he has always had a passionate life as a painter. It appears that as he has grown older, he has found more satisfaction in devoting himself to this aspect of his life rather than in trying to recapture those 90s glory days.

          Jim Carrey, the actor, may not be the highest paid and most in-demand movie star in Hollywood anymore, but Jim Carrey, the painter, seems to be doing just fine.

          Asad Jaleel, Film buff
          Answered Aug 30, 2016
          By Hollywood standards, Jim Carrey’s last live-action hit was 2003’s Bruce Almighty. Sure he’s done other movies, starring in some, but how do you think a studio is going to look at his movies that failed to recoup their budget? Looking at A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Amazing Burt Wonderstone, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, there isn’t one of them that turned a significant profit.

          I don’t know how much Carrey’s political stances have affected him. It’s hard for me to comprehend someone being too liberal for Hollywood. Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., and many others are out there for liberal causes but are still very successful.

          I think it has more to do with failing to adapt to changes in the market and to the tastes of young audiences.

          Read this article for a more thorough explanation of his decline: The Decline and Fall of Jim Carrey.

          Tony Garcia, Self-employed
          Answered Feb 3
          Originally Answered: Why won’t Hollywood cast Jim Carrey anymore?
          Some of the reasons have been splashed across the pages of Hollywood’s trade paper, Variety. Here are but a few, explaining why Jim Carrey is no longer considered bankable:

          He’s fighting two wrongful-death lawsuits accusing him of complicity in the death of his former grilfriend, Cathriona White, who died of a drug overdose in September 2015.
          He’s accused of assaulting White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, and White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton, who have accused Carrey of supplying White with the painkillers she used to end her life.
          His over-the-top acting style, which initially ingratiated him to his fans, has now polarized his audience. Some people consider it so off-putting that they will not watch a movie if Carrey is in it.
          His rant against the California law requiring vaccinations for all public school children, referring to California governor Jerry Brown as a “corporate fascist.”
          His often hateful Twitter rants.
          His Razzie nomination for worst actor in the film The Number 23.

          Terry Marvin, worked at Phoenix Industries in Dallas, Texas
          Updated Aug 24, 2016
          I’m just guessing. They probably stop casting Jim Carrey, because some people probably thinks his too old, he’s 54, also probably because he’s a hard actor to work with. I’m a great fan of Jim Carrey’s. Also, probably because he refused to promote “Kick Ass 2”. It be because he wants to do more dramas than comedies, and he probably wants to concentrate on producing things.

          Jim Carrey has two new movies coming out this year, “The Bad Batch” and “True Crimes”, haven’t seen any trailers of the new movies yet, because both of them need distributors. “The Bad Batch” will be premiered at the Venice Film Festival , August 31—to September 10, 2016. The Toronto International Film Festival next month. Don’t think “True Crimes” is quite finished yet.

          Jim Carrey has been working on his Showtime TV show “I’m Dying Up Here” he’s Executive Producer of the show, “I’m Dying Up Here” is a drama dealing with comedy in the 1970s. Jim will be working on a Horror film called “Alesteir Aracane” a comic book adaption he’s gonna be Executive Producer on that movie too.

          Vincent Beers, works at Artists and Creative Professions
          Answered Dec 29, 2016
          They haven’t .

          Jim Carrey hasn’t had more than 2 years between films since 1980 and had 2 releases in 2016.

          If he stops taking parts it’s purely because he wants a break, he’s already rich and he’s getting older. But he still cranks out successful films like Dumb and Dumber To (2014) which made almost 170 million at the box office and even more on DVD/BluRay release.

          All you have to do is look at his filmography to know he’s still working in Hollywood:

          Jim Carrey

          Jogu Orar, works at Biology
          Answered Sep 1, 2016
          Last I’ve seen of him he seemed pretty weird, a very zen type of crazy, very chill and care free. I don’t think he cares at all about acting. He’s been painting and doing other stuff. He seems to be a nice guy a little weird. He is my childhood hero

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      • Re: Is it safe to say that Jim Carrey’s career is pretty much over?

        http://forum.dvdtalk.com/12842133-post59.html

        Other than that though, yeah it’s a near-dead career. Of course, he was dead to me the moment he started regurgitating then-girlfriend Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vax bullshit.

        Lest we ever forget his super-creepy online proposal to Emma Stone :

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        • The “Kick-Ass 2” incident also didn’t help. I don’t mean to repeat what I likely said before, but it gave the notion that you couldn’t entirely trust Jim Carrey. I mean why should I hire somebody who is going to turn on it just because of a real world tragedy that only has a minor similarity?

          It also further cemented the notion that Jim had turn into a sad, crazy old man who has to wear his “sadness” on his sleeve (as if he relishes in being seen as a serious “tragic artist”)..

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  65. 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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    • 14 Actors Who Desperately Need A Hit Movie

      http://whatculture.com/film/14-actors-who-desperately-need-a-hit-movie?page=11

      Jim Carrey

      Jim Carrey was one of the minted Kings of the box office in the 90s, but in recent years his activity has slowed down significantly, and aside from the nostalgia-fueled cash-grab sequel that was Dumb and Dumber To, his last commercially successful comedy vehicle was 2011’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

      Carrey’s recent public issues, such as badmouthing his own movie (Kick-Ass 2) and the controversial fallout of his ex-girlfriend’s tragic suicide, have no doubt cooled studios on the actor somewhat, but hopefully in the years to come, he might be welcomed back, because audiences have gone way, way too long without a classic Jim Carrey comedy.

      Carrey doesn’t actually have any films in production at this moment, so it seems he might be taking a breather with the pending wrongful death suit filed against him, but hopefully he might come out the other side with an enticing new project…assuming audiences are still prepared to give him a chance, of course.

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  66. 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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  67. 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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  68. Jim Carrey and Robin Williams on WatchMojo’s Top 10 Celebrity Impersonators

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

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

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  71. 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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  72. 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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  73. 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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  74. 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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  75. 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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    • 15 Actors Who Should Have Retired By Now

      http://screenrant.com/actors-should-retire-by-now-hollywood-movies/

      Jim Carrey

      Jim Carrey’s output has already been pretty sporadic over the last few years, so retirement from acting wouldn’t be a huge stretch. The actor’s classic schtick has gotten pretty tired lately—his most notable recent comedy being the uninspired Dumb and Dumber sequel. Since then, Carrey has turned to a couple more dramatic roles (also not new territory for the multi-talented actor), but nothing to signify a renaissance of any sort.

      Most recently, Carrey has served as executive producer on the Showtime comedy series I’m Dying Up Here. The show is kind of a slice of Carrey’s own life, taking place in L.A.’s 1970s comedy scene, and it’s garnered enough critical acclaim to assume that Carrey’s brightest future might be in producing full time.

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

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

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    • It was. But that doesn’t mean a Bruce Almighty sequel would be. Evan Almighty tanked. Kick Ass 2 whiffed. You just never know until you know.

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    • Let’s put things into perspective, Jim Carey had his creepy Emma Stone stalker video, and has only “Dumb and Dumber 2” since. And no one took his Emma stone love letter as a joke because it didn’t even seem like one (and probably wasn’t one), otherwise Emma Stone probably would have done some jokey video in response, especially as a kid who probably grew up with “Ace Ventura”, the original “Dumb and Dumber”, and “The Mask”. But her PR people were probably like, “don’t even touch that.” And this was after he dated Jenny McCarthy, who started all that anti vaccine nonsense herself after being no longer relevant.

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  79. 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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  80. 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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  81. 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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  82. Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts On: The Grinch (2000)

    Why do so many people find this a Christmas classic? Doug and Rob try to figure out as they discuss what they really thought of The Grinch.

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  83. I don’t know how to properly explain it right now, but I do wonder if Jim Carrey’s movies during his prime don’t really hold up that much anymore. Maybe it’s simply just like say the “Austin Powers” movies, a case of outgrowing it. I guess that “Dumb and Dumber” to a certain extent holds up better but that has to do more with the fact that its more a series of comedic vignettes with a (admittedly weak) plot shoehorned in.

    In hindsight, it’s kind of amazing to watch “Ace Ventura” now and see how this was the movie that made Jim Carrey a star. I mean depending on what frame of mind you’re in on that particular day, try watching “Ace Ventura” now for at least 30 minutes without cringing. Not to be apart of the PC-police but the “Crying Game” parody ending really doesn’t do it any favors. I couldn’t help but think to myself there is no way you could get away with such an ending without getting a metric ton of backlash.

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    • I think the first Ace Ventura is still watchable, as long as you remember Einhorn is Finkle, and Finkle is Einhorn, or if you’d like to see Dan Marino rescued (I might let Dan the man stay tied up for a while longer, make him sweat it out more).

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  84. Jenny McCarthy alleges Jim Carrey was abusive during their relationship

    http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php/1153872-Jenny-Mcarthy-alledges-Jim-Carrey-was-abusive-during-their-relationship

    Speaking with E! News, the former The View co-host shared about being in an unhealthy four-year romance with a former ex-boyfriend (she did not reveal his identity).

    “What I thought was gonna be a typical relationship, turned into a relationship that you would never think you would get yourself into. Especially me. I mean, I really consider myself to be pretty strong-willed and confident, even back then,” McCarthy, 44, told E! News. “But I did find myself being slowly manipulated in to a very, very dark, abusive — verbally abusive — relationship that could have easily killed me.”

    “I no longer had my own thoughts. They were replaced with his thoughts about me,” McCarthy said. “That I was worthless, disgusting, talent-less, ugly, fat, smelled so badly. I was no longer worthy of being kissed.”

    The actress, who shares one son — Evan Joseph Asher — with ex-husband John Asher, told the outlet that she chose to address the negative impact of her previous relationship because of the campaign slogan for Schwarzkopf Gliss’, which “reminded me that beauty is not just a physical attribute, it’s something much more deeper and expands beyond anything on the outside.”

    At a certain point, McCarthy said she finally decided to leave the relationship and take back her own power that she had relinquished.

    She also opened up about talking to God about finding “the One” — to whom she has now been married for nearly three years — and not wanting to “settle.” Within a month, she says she met Wahlberg.

    She began dating Wahlberg in summer 2013 before he proposed that following April; they wed four months later in August 2014.

    McCarthy continued: “We quickly, quickly knew on a deeper level that this was something very special and something that we didn’t want to screw up, so we made sure that we did things the right way.”

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    • Re: The Violent White People in Hollywood that still have Careers

      http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php/1037828-The-Violent-White-People-in-Hollywood-that-still-have-Careers?p=31125610&viewfull=1#post31125610

      -Very sad to put this one, but Jim Carrey:
      Knowingly infected a woman with multiple STDs and was emotionally abusive to said woman. These were all factors that led to this woman committing suicide.

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      • ‘You introduced me to cocaine, prostitutes and disease’: Note written by Jim Carrey’s ex

        https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/you-introduced-me-to-cocaine-prostitutes-and-disease-note-written-by-jim-carreys-ex.1269882/

        In a newly-discovered note that she wrote two years before taking her own life, Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend blamed the actor for exposing her to a debauched life of sex and drugs and scorned him for ‘giving her’ herpes.

        The note was written by Catriona White on April 8, 2013, on her iPad. It is not known if she ever sent it to Carrey before she took her own life on September 28, 2015.

        At the time, she and Carrey had broken up after she told him about testing positive for herpes. He insisted and maintains that he never had the disease.

        The note was discovered by lawyers working on behalf of her family in a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey, 55. They say he gave her the pills to kill herself after obtaining them in a false name and also allege that he gave her STDs without warning her, an accusation he denies.

        On Friday, just as White’s note was obtained by DailyMail.com, Carrey filed his own lawsuit in California against the family and his ex-girlfriend’s former lawyer, claiming their legal efforts were merely an attempt to extort him.

        In it, he revealed that he in 2013, he paid White an undisclosed amount after she demanded ‘millions’ from him to stop her going to the press about her herpes diagnosis.

        Carrey said it was a ‘mistake’ to settle the claims with her and her former lawyer and vowed: ‘I will not give in a second time.’

        CATRIONA WHITE’S FULL NOTE
        You have not thought about the stigma I have to live with for the rest of my life, you have not apologized or once asked is there something you can do to make it better or even felt bad for it.

        Or even ask me how I’m feeling about it. Instead you did a whole lot of screaming and turned it around on me.

        Have you even once sat down and really thought how this affects me? I still love you and I believed that you sent that text because you cared about me.

        I was going to tell my lawyer that I didn’t want to go any further with it when I realized you changed lawyers and you were advised to text me. It wasn’t coming from you at all, you probably hate me and are saying whatever is necessary.

        ‘The decent thing to do, what is that? I think keeping quiet and private about it when I want to scream from the rooftops is a decent thing to do . You know what I want and it’s nothing to do with money.

        ‘I didn’t get a lawyer so I can take your money and I’m probably going to get in trouble for texting you. I’m sure you will use it against me but I wanted to say this Thursday. Whatever the lawyers decide to do I don’t care.

        This is what I want, you gave me hsv and hpv, I want you to apologize for it because you care enough to. I want you to understand that however little a thing seems to you, it ruins a girl’s life.

        ‘I want you to take care when you are with other girls and pay attention to your body your actions effect people. I don’t want to be disrespected like you have been doing.

        ‘Before you, I might not have had very much but I had respect, I was a happy person. I loved life, I was confident and I felt good in my skin and was proud of most decisions I made, I met you, you introduced me to cocaine, prostitutes, mental abuse and disease. You did good things for me but being with you broke me down as a person Jim. I was promise Jekyll and instead I got Hyde.

        ‘Because I love you I would have stuck out Hyde all year and done everything he wanted to be with Jekyll for 5 of those but you threw me away when you absorbed anything worthwhile that was left of me.’

        They allege that before her death, she threatened to ‘go to the press’ with her claim that he had given her Herpes unless he gave her ‘millions of dollars’.

        He settled her claim and paid her an undisclosed amount to stop her from making the issue public but insists it was not him who gave her the disease.

        In 2015, the pair got back together despite their earlier legal feud.

        Carrey’s lawsuit claims he thought they would be together permanently after their reconciliation and that her suicide cut that short.

        ‘Then, on the verge of a lasting relationship and love affair, came the unthinkable loss that was Cat’s suicide,’ it said.

        I made the mistake of giving in and settling false claims….I will not give in a second time

        Jim Carrey on Friday as he filed his own lawsuit against White’s family
        In a statement to DailyMail.com on Friday afternoon, Carrey said: ‘Today I filed a cross-complaint against Fillipo Marchino, The X Law Group, Mark Burton and Brigid Sweetman.

        ‘Unfortunately, I made the mistake three years ago of giving in and settling false claims made against me by Mr. Marchino, on behalf of Cat, as mounting a public defense is a very costly and painful process.

        ‘At the time I felt Cat was being exploited by Marchino. Since this new case was filed, I have discovered the depth of deception behind those false claims, the kind of deception decent people fall for, because to us, such behavior is unimaginable.

        ‘I will not give in a second time to these same fraudulent charges initiated by Cat’s husband in name but not substance Mark Burton, and her estranged mother.

        ‘Nor am I responsible for what these desperate characters have inadvertently unearthed about the woman I adored. I was clearly blinded by my affection.

        ‘Regardless, I will hold a place of empathy, and forgiveness for Cat and continue to focus on the many blessings in this life.’
        His lawsuit claimed that he wanted to marry her and that he allowed her to live at his house in Malibu while he was out of the country for work because she had no way of making a living. At the time, White was living in the country illegally.

        In his version of events, he seriously considered marrying the woman and began drafting a prenuptial agreement.

        He claimed he called it off, however, when it became apparent to him that ‘for her, the marriage ‘was more about convenience and finding a way to stay in the United States without fear of deportation than about her love for him.’

        On October 20, he claimed told her he would not marry her but that he wanted to continue dating and would help her gain legal status in the country by hiring her an immigration attorney.

        The next day, she drafted a suicide note which was revealed after her death two years later.

        Carrey claimed his decision not to marry her turned her ‘bitter and angry’ and that she ‘lashed out’ when he told her to ‘ease off’.

        Convenient marriage: In January 2013, White married Mark Burton (above) – an ‘acquaintance’ who Carrey said she married to stay in the country. He is now suing the star

        ‘Dissatisfied, Cat soon became bitter and angry, taking Jim’s decision not to marry her as rejection. She began placing more pressure on him, including sending him a text adding his last name to hers, “Cathriona Anne Carrey, . . . how does that sound,'” his lawsuit claimed.

        He claimed she continued to put pressure on him to marry her and alleged that this was the reason he called off their romance.

        She then, weeks later, married ‘acquaintance’ Mark Burton as a means of staying in the country, he said and claims that had the union only took place after she begged other men to marry her to gain immigration status.

        ‘Cat tried on several occasions to convince other men to marry her so that she could stay in the country and circumvent immigration laws. At one point, she even staged a phony wedding and posted pictures of it on Facebook.

        ‘On another, she was set to marry a man she was seeing until she learned he was already married. Prior to their marriage, Cat and Mr. Burton had worked together but knew little about each other—they had never dated, had never lived together, and they never intended to live as husband and wife.

        ‘In fact, Mr. Burton was “hooking up” with one of Cat’s friends at the time and after they married. they decided to marry,’ his lawsuit claims.

        On Friday, White’s attorney Michael J. Avennatti accused the actor of being unstable and pointed to a recent appearance he made at New York Fashion Week which drew concern for his wellbeing.

        ‘As his red carpet interview from a few weeks ago shows, the guy is incoherent and unhinged. He needs help,’ Avennatti said.

        The interview occurred on September 9 in New York City. Carrey, who’d arrived alone to the event, told E! reporter Cat Sadler who asked him for a question: ‘There’s no meaning to any of this.

        ‘I just wanted to find the most meaningless thing that I could come to and join, and here I am. You’ve got to admit, this is completely meaningless.’

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    • Inside Jim Carrey’s broken heart: Comedian reveals painting healed agony of breakup with Jenny McCarthy…as he tries to settle wrongful death suit

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4772574/Jim-Carrey-says-art-healed-Jenny-McCarthy-split.html

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  85. Keenen Ivory Wayans discusses working with Jim Carrey – EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

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  86. Not aging well! Jim Carrey shocks fans with Easter selfie showing him with gray bushy beard

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4420254/Jim-Carrey-shocks-fans-selfie-showing-ray-bushy-beard.html

    The actor, 55, posed holding a small rabbit

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    • Jim Carrey looks gross and has no movies coming out

      https://www.datalounge.com/thread/18736133-jim-carrey-looks-gross-and-has-no-movies-coming-out

      He’s been under a ton of stress with the death of his ex-girlfriend and the lawsuits that have followed. I’m glad he’s keeping a low profile. Though I haven’t liked all of his movies, I do like him as an actor. He’s admitted to being in therapy throughout his life and frankly, I hope he’s in therapy getting help now.

      —Anonymous

      reply 6 16 hours ago

      He probably lost his appeal when it came out he gave his ex-gf herpes and that’s why she killed herself.

      —J McCarthy

      reply 9 16 hours ago

      Supposedly the girlfriend who he dumped had contracted STDs from him and was tormented by it. Never liked him much although I am ashamed to admit that Dumb and Dumber had its moments.

      —Anonymous

      reply 13 16 hours ago

      I thought his film career had been over for a long time. He was hugely popular for a while, and then his brand of comedy wore kind of thin. He’s a very disturbed guy. No doubt he doesn’t have to work due to all the millions he made when he was a big star. I never much liked him. In interviews he came across as mentally disturbed and very weird.

      —Anonymous

      reply 14 16 hours ago

      is now all I associate with him. And the texts, vm, or whatever they were in which he was dismissive of, and cruel towards, his now dead ex. And his vaccine stance craziness while he was with McCarthy.

      —Anonymous

      reply 15 13 hours ago

      He looks fine. Just sporting a gray beard. He’s older and has been rather reclusive and “difficult”. He’s admitted to suffering from depression like many comics before him.

      —Anonymous

      reply 27 2 hours ago

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  87. The real reason Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy split

    http://www.nickiswift.com/60333/real-reason-jim-carrey-jenny-mccarthy-split/

    Actor and comedian Jim Carrey first met actress and former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy in 2005 and the couple spent five years dating. They appeared to be the image of happiness and surprised family, friends and fans when, in April 2010, they went public with their split.

    The separation seemed amicable, as McCarthy told Us magazine in a statement that she was “so grateful for the years Jim and I shared together. I will continue to be in his daughter’s life and will always keep Jim as a leading man in my heart.” Meanwhile, Carrey echoed her sentiment on social media when he tweeted about the news, writing: “Jenny and I have just ended our 5yr relationship. I’m grateful 4 the many blessings we’ve shared and I wish her the very best! S’okay!”

    According to insiders, however, not all was as it seemed and the couple reportedly faced numerous problems during their time together, which eventually resulted in them calling it quits. So what was really behind their surprising separation? Let’s take a closer look.

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  88. ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER 05/19 #12

    https://goo.gl/mM91kS

    Gone are the days when this foreign born former A+ list mostly movie actor was at his peak. Since his decade of A+ listedness he has slowly moved down to A list. I will give him that because everyone knows who he is and he would only headline a movie if he was offered one. He has gone down a road to where he seems well on his way to a Howard Hughes lifestyle. As for women? Multiple women have told me going out with him was the worst experience they ever had with a man. One woman was forced to tears after he berated her for 30 minutes about her oral skills. Sex is on his terms and apparently his terms change all the time. When they do change and if they don’t change with him he will yell and scream and tower over them. He will never actually touch the women when berating them but he will walk them to where they are trapped in a corner. He makes them do things they had not planned on doing just because he verbally abuses them they feel like he will physically abuse them if they don’t. Jim Carrey

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  89. ‘It’s a comedian’s job to cross the line’: Jim Carrey comes to Kathy Griffin’s defense after bloody Trump head photo causes outrage

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4563898/Jim-Carrey-defends-Kathy-Griffin-Trump-photo-outrage.html

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      • Jim Carrey comes to Kathy Griffin’s defense: ‘Hold up a severed leg as well’

        https://www.datalounge.com/thread/18982066-jim-carrey-comes-to-kathy-griffin-s-defense-hold-up-a-severed-leg-as-well-

        Jim Carrey has come to Kathy Griffin’s defense, speaking out against the backlash generated by her widely derided photoshoot holding a facsimile of president Donald Trump’s severed head.

        Griffin posted a video apologizing for the photo on Twitter soon after, but on Wednesday was fired from her job as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve special. “I made a mistake and I was wrong,” said the 56-year-old comedian.

        At the premiere of I’m Dying Up Here, a new Showtime comedy he executive produced, Carrey told Griffin to “hold up a severed leg as well”. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, he elaborated, explaining: “It is the job of a comedian to cross the line at all times, because that line is not real.”

        He continued: “We’re the last line of defense. And really, the comedians are the last voice of truth in this whole thing.”

        President Trump directly addressed Griffin’s photo, shot by Tyler Shields, in a tweet on Wednesday that read: “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”

        In his interview, Carrey professed to having recently dreamed about playing golf with the president. “I had a dream the other night I was playing golf with Donald Trump,” he said. “I was standing beside him with a club in my hand, and I was considering my options when I suddenly woke up. It was one of those dreams where you just want to get back to sleep so you can finish it, you know?”

        Griffin has also been defended by Larry King, who claimed that he wouldn’t have fired her if he had been in charge of the decision. “She’s my friend,” he told TMZ. “She made a mistake. She apologized. Let it go.”

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    • I agree with Jim Carrey’s statement, though I always found Kathy Griffin to be too shrill for my liking.

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  90. 10 Actors Who Really Need To Fire Their Agent

    http://whatculture.com/film/10-actors-who-really-need-to-fire-their-agent?page=6

    Jim Carrey

    Arguably the biggest movie star on the planet at one stage of his career, Jim Carrey could also have reinvented himself as a serious dramatic talent but chose to remain safely within his comedic wheelhouse instead. Nowadays, the 55 year-old finds himself struggling for relevance in the modern Hollywood landscape.

    A Golden Globe winner for Best Actor in both the Drama and Comedy or Musical categories, at the turn of the 21st Century Carrey was receiving serious critical praise for his work in The Truman Show, Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Had he wanted to, the actor could have easily retained his place at the top of the A-list by seguing into more dramatic material on a regular basis.

    Instead, the Canadian funnyman attempted to hold on to former glories with the likes of Fun With Dick and Jane, Yes Man, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Dumb and Dumber To. Jim Carrey has proven himself to be an incredibly talented actor and with his 60th birthday getting ever closer, surely it is now or never to give up the rubber-faced antics and play things straight.

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  91. Jim Carrey May Be Becoming The New Hollywood Darling Of The Christian Right

    http://uproxx.com/news/jim-carrey-christian-right/

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  92. Me, Myself, and Irene (2000)

    http://officialfan.proboards.com/thread/562354/me-irene-2000

    Post by agent817 on 15 hours ago
    What are your thoughts on this film? I had recently watched this for the first time in many years. I really don’t remember the last time I had watched it in its entirety, even though I had caught parts of it on TV here and there. I remember thinking that it was hilarious and it still holds up. I remember that this was also around the time when Jim Carrey wanted to do more serious roles as he had done this after The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, and then with this he reverted back to the goofy persona he had. Of course, he was a riot in this film whether it was playing the nice and gentle Charlie and also the aggressive Hank. I just love the scene when he transformed into Hank and taking all of his repressed rage out on people.

    What did you think of this film?

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  93. Jim Carrey says Andy Kaufman took over and things got ‘psychotic’ making ‘Man on the Moon’ http://uproxx.it/2gEFRhw

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  94. ‘There’s no meaning to any of this’: Jim Carrey unleashes BIZARRE red carpet rant which leaves TV host cringing as he awkwardly remarks that ‘there is no me’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4872346/Jim-Carrey-unleashes-BIZARRE-red-carpet-rant.html

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    • Jim Carrey Acting & Talking Crazy On The Red Carpet @ NYFW

      https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/jim-carrey-acting-talking-crazy-on-the-red-carpet-nyfw.1251904/

      I think he’s beginning a downward spiral; and he looks sick. Not that I feel sorry for his nasty self.

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      • A gaunt Jim Carrey shows up to chat during Toronto event… the day after THAT strange interview where he said ‘there is no me’ Went on a bizarre rant

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4874348/Jim-Carrey-looks-gaunt-Toronto-event.html

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      • Something is wrong with Jim Carrey

        https://www.datalounge.com/thread/19618939-something-is-wrong-with-jim-carrey

        There is something really off about this guy. Drugs, mental illness, maybe stress from the lawsuit by his deceased girlfriend’s family? This brief interview is strange and he doesn’t look good at all. The headline of the article calls it “hilarious” but I thought it was unsettling.

        —OP (92 views)

        6 replies 2 18 minutes ago

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      • Wow! That was really AWKWARD! Jim Carrey gives THE most interesting red carpet interviews! http://cbsloc.al/2w3bE6f

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        • Jim Carrey gives cringe-worthy NYFW interview, calls everything ‘meaningless’

          http://www.nickiswift.com/85288/jim-carrey-gives-cringe-worthy-nyfw-interview-calls-everything-meaningless/

          That interview went south super quickly.

          E! News reporter Catt Sadler spoke with Jim Carrey at a New York Fashion Week party and was, understandably, surprised by the comedian’s responses—though she kept her composure like a pro.

          The interview, which was conducted outside of Harper’s Bazaar’s ICONS event in Manhattan, began with Carrey circling Sadler like a shark. Then, once the man came to a stop, Sadler asked how the Dumb and Dumber star came to be at NYFW, given that he’s not exactly known for his passion for fashion.

          “There’s no meaning to any of this,” Carrey responded. “So I wanted to find the most meaningless thing that I could come to and join and here I am. You got to admit, it’s completely meaningless.”

          When Sadler countered that people were there celebrating the night’s icons, Carrey, 55, exclaimed, “Celebrating icons? Boy, that’s just the absolute lowest aiming possibility that we could come up with … I don’t believe that you exist but there is a wonderful fragrance in the air.”

          “I don’t believe in personalities. I believe that peace lies beyond personalities, beyond invention and disguise, beyond the red ‘S’ you wear on your chest, that makes bullets bounce off,” Carrey continued, after he attempted a James Brown impression.

          And, when Sadler tried to steer the conversation back to fashion, complimenting Carrey on his stylish suit, the actor said, “I didn’t get dressed up.”

          “There is no me,” he explained. “There’s just things happening. And there are clusters of tetrahedrons moving around together.”

          …Okay?

          Maybe Carrey’s just trying to joke around, embracing the absurd and the existentialist in an attempt to find humor? Or maybe the death of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White—and the subsequent wrongful death lawsuit filed against him—is just taking a toll on him.

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        • Jim Carrey, Behind the Mask: The Actor Explains His Viral Red Carpet Interview, Painting, and Life

          https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/jim-carrey-behind-the-mask-the-actor-explains-his-viral-red-carpet-interview-painting-and-life.1254775/

          Jim Carrey likes to mess with people. Using 100 hours of behind-the-scenes footage from Milos’ Forman’s 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic “Man in the Moon,” Carrey and director Chris Smith created “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” a documentary that details Carrey’s aggressive Method approach to portraying Kaufman and his abrasive, lounge-singing alter ego Tony Clifton. It shows that Carrey baffled everyone on set and beyond it, crashing parties and workplaces in character as he burrowed so far inside the role no one was sure he’d come back. Pitched somewhere between a punchline and psychosis, the result was one of his most remarkable, lived-in performances in a career filled with jarring slapstick creations.

          “It was a choice as an actor to have Andy come back and make his movie, to push me aside,” Carrey said during an interview in Toronto to promote the documentary, which Netflix recently acquired. “I was wondering how much of that inside me is because I don’t have the same courage as Andy. In order to do those things that flout convention and challenge people, make them angry, Andy was the better man for the job.”

          Carrey hasn’t starred in a comedy since 2014’s “Dumb and Dumber To,” but this documentary gives context to recent outings like his New York Fashion Week red-carpet appearance September 8 at New York Harper’s Bazaar’s ICONS party. As a helpless E! reporter tried to take control of the situation, Carrey went on an existential rant (“it’s not our world, we don’t matter”) and claimed that the icons celebrated by the party don’t exist. A few days later, he was still mulling over whether he had gone too far.

          “Every time something like that has happened, I’ll look at it and go, ‘Oh my gosh, I really wasn’t very respectful of what they were trying to do,’” he said. “But at the same time, people are drawn to it. Because it is bulls***, it doesn’t mean anything. What’s an icon? It’s like, these are all abstract ideas. I have characters that I think about fondly, but the icon business is a weird deification of people that is never really a healthy thing.”

          While he hasn’t tackled a role as audacious as “Man on the Moon” in years, the last decade has found Carrey toying with new ways of pushing his deranged comedic persona to the masses — often with an edge of uncertainty about his intentions that resembles Kaufman’s agenda.

          In 2011, Carrey released a YouTube video professing his undying love for Emma Stone in an unnerving closeup that led many people to believe it was genuine. The negative reaction was more extreme that he expected. “The thing bothers me is a misinterpretation of my intentions or the flat-out predatory way of making trouble out of what I’ve said,” he said. “I can’t see personally how anyone didn’t think that was a joke. My chin is quivering. It was ridiculous. But it was a time in my progression as an actor and as a successful person for people to look for trouble and go, ‘OK, here’s our chance. He’s creepy.’”

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  95. Jim Carrey Has Always Regretted Turning Down Spike Jonze As Director of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

    http://www.vulture.com/2017/09/jim-carrey-turned-down-spike-jonze-as-ace-ventura-2-director.html

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  96. Jim Carrey Returns to TV with Showtime Comedy Series Kidding

    http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/kidding/267576/jim-carrey-returns-to-tv-with-showtime-comedy-series-kidding

    Showtime comedy series Kidding will mark the decades-in-the-making television return of Jim Carrey, who will serve as headliner.

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  97. Jim Carrey On Another Planet! Thinks Alien Reptiles Rule Earth

    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/jim-carrey-on-another-planet-thinks-alien-reptiles-rule-earth.1260789/

    Comic Jim Carrey is secretly a follower of a kooky conspiracy nut who believes alien reptiles run the world! Even nuttier, the Dumb and Dumber star plans to go public with his commitment to whack job David Icke’s bizarre theory!

    “Icke has spent years wooing Jim, and it’s finally paid off. Jim is now a disciple of this guy!” claimed a source.

    The crazy coupling helps explain Carrey’s bizarre behavior during New York Fashion Week when he declared he “didn’t exist.”

    Icke, a 65-year-old former soccer player, is a British broadcaster and author who frequently raves about the Illuminati, the legendary secret society aimed at global domination and populated by the alien reptiles.

    When confronted about his screwy convictions, Icke said: “For 26 years I have taken untold f–king s–t and ridicule from people who don’t know their arse from their elbow. I didn’t and I don’t have any regrets!”

    An insider tattled: “Jim’s into all of Icke’s weird theories. He’s studied his speeches and dispatches to the very last letter.”

    “He goes to as many of Icke’s public appearances as he can — often in disguise — to avoid any attention,” continued the insider. “He’s mesmerized by everything Icke says!”

    Insiders told Radar The Mask star wants Icke’s unhinged gospel spread to the masses — and his way-out Fashion Week outburst may be the first sign of more manic preaching to come.

    “It’s a big reason why Jim ranted on the red carpet,” the source spilled.

    “If you thought he was crazy before, you ain’t seen nothing yet!”

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  98. THE GOSSIP LIFE 10/02

    https://goo.gl/hNqyLz

    We may all love this A list actor, but the people in his life don’t share our love right now. ‘He’s going through something,’ says a source. ‘A midlife crisis, where he’s flitting in and out of relationships, and religions funnily enough. It’s hard to see and I worry about him.’ Another leaker accuses him of surrounding himself with yes men that endorse his capricious, promiscuous behaviour because they’re exploiting him and his fame. Jim Carrey

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  99. ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER 10/22 #6

    https://goo.gl/9eSjKz

    I actually think the next person in the line of fire will be this former A+ list mostly movie actor who was the biggest actor on the planet at one point. He is writing checks as fast as he can to women he treated like crap over the years so they will fall in line or stay silent in his current situation. His problem is that he is going against a well financed organization that wants to bring him down or have him join. Jim Carrey (Scientology)

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  100. Forgotten MTM: A Look at Three Short-Lived ’80s Sitcoms

    https://jacksonupperco.com/2017/10/25/forgotten-mtm-a-look-at-three-short-lived-80s-sitcoms/

    The Duck Factory (1984, NBC)

    Created by Burns with UPA animator Herbert Klynn, The Duck Factory starred Jim Carrey as a wide-eyed Hollywood import who takes a job at a struggling animation house that produces a long-running weekend children’s cartoon series called “The Dippy Duck Show.” An ensemble comedy in the classic MTM vein, the show was centered around Carrey as the logical, good-hearted Midwestern executive producer Skip Tarkenton (a role that didn’t allow him to do ANY of the shtick for which he is now known — sadly). Skip was hired following the death of the company’s leader Buddy Winkler (his funeral is the first half of the pilot) by the deceased’s ditsy and vivacious widow Sheree (Teresa Ganzel, whom you may remember as Greedy Gretchen). Others at the company included Clarence Gilyard Jr. and veteran funnyman Jack Gilford as animators, Nancy Lane as the editor, real-life voice actor Don Messick as the talent, Julie Payne as the uptight business manager, and writer Jay Tarses, coming off the cancelled Buffalo Bill (covered here in 2015 — and the show that The Duck Factory replaced on the schedule) as “Dippy Duck”‘s writer. The Duck Factory‘s scribes included many familiar Newhart names: John Steven Owen, Barbara Hall, Katherine Green, and Dan Wilcox. 13 episodes were produced and then broadcast from April to July 1984 — the first six of which were scheduled after Cheers.

    Having seen all 13 offerings, I can tell you that the show (shot single-cam) is feel-good and uncomplicated, but old-fashioned and comedically inconsistent. While the debut starts relatively amusingly — if slightly goofy and contrived (it’s a pilot, so we excuse some inartfulness) — and the show is poised in its next three episodes to be both funny and character-driven in that quintessentially MTM way, this quality declines as the series progresses. (Of course, the episodes were broadcast out of production order, disrupting the emotional continuity.) But I think the biggest issues — in fact, Grant Tinker, who ordered this highly anticipated series, eventually came to dislike The Duck Factory — stem from its style, which I assume was implanted by Burns. First, the tone is sweet, with a traditional sense of optimism and humanity — the kind reminiscent of 1970 (pre-Archie Bunker). But it feels decidedly retro and disconnected from truth for 1984, which required more frankness about the realities of the world, even as the decade sought to be brighter and shinier than its predecessor. So, the truth inherent in this premise and its casting choices (like Messick and Tarses) is diluted by the stagnant comedic style. In the ’70s, MTM was progressive — comedically — moving the genre forward, but in the ’80s, MTM (and The Duck Factory in particular) was looking to the past, with nothing new too offer, especially in terms of humor. Also, swimming against the current requires stronger muscles.

    On the narrative front, I’d cite the series as being mostly character-driven, as the players (unlike in many Hollywood-based concepts) aren’t subordinated for the premise. But part of the problem is the way the show invokes its premise, for in its rosy perspective (where ideas are cut and dry and the regulars are all basically good), the show is limited in what it can do with the characters. So, instead, the scripts — perhaps nobly — focus on the regulars’ relationships, using this as the source of emotional weight. However, after a few weeks of novelty and some genuinely amusing ideas, this relationship angle becomes a gimmick that halts character development in favor of manipulative, unmotivated story points. For instance, in the seventh aired entry, Gilford’s character has an affair with Ganzel’s — an episodic convention that I imagine is supposed to be “adult,” but rather comes out of nowhere and means nothing; as if the series is attempting to be risqué, but only superficially. Also, the show clearly hopes to build a romance for Carrey’s character with Lane’s, which is obvious in the ninth aired installment (produced and narratively intended to be the season finale). And yet, with these folks still in need of more individual investigation, it’s hard to invest in l’amour, which feels writer-imposed.

    So, The Duck Factory starts promisingly with a solid premise and an intent to develop its classically designed ensemble. But the writing is comedically regressive, shortchanges the audience on behalf of its star (and I think we might say this even if Carrey didn’t become the comedian we know him to be today), and struggles to use its characters in stories that actually develop them. Yet more than any other here, I so wish it could have worked — these writers are top-notch, the cast is excellent (Ganzel is a hoot; Gilford is always a delight; Tarses and Messick have truth), and the idea holds merit. In fact, the first three and last three episodes of the series were released on VHS in the mid-’90s. The best installment is probably the second aired (produced eighth, bumping the intended sophomore entry out of its rightful slot), “Filling Buddy’s Shoes,” in which the office staff vies for the executive producer title. It’s funny and uses the players within the premise, granting them exploration in the process. Directed by Rod Daniel (WKRP In Cincinnati, Filthy Rich), written by John Steven Owen (Operation Petticoat, Newhart), this outing aired on April 19, 1984. Lots of unfulfilled potential.

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  101. Ace Ventura & Major League Reboots Could Be On the Way

    https://screenrant.com/ace-ventura-major-league-reboots-possible/

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