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Arguably the top screen comedian of the 1990s, Canadian-born entertainer Jim Carrey has combined equal parts of his idol Jerry Lewis, his spiritual ancestor Harry Ritz, and the loose-limbed Ray Bolger into a gleefully uninhibited screen image that is uniquely his own. Carrey's life wasn't always a barrel of laughs; he was born on January 17, 1962, into a peripatetic household that regularly ran the gamut from middle-class comfort to abject poverty. James Eugene Carrey, the youngest of four children born to Percy (an accountant and aspiring jazz saxophonist) and Kathleen, Jim Carrey was an incurable extrovert from day one. As a child he performed constantly, for anyone who would watch, and even mailed his résumé to "The Carol Burnett Show" (1967) at age 10. In junior high he was granted a few precious minutes at the end of each school day to do stand-up routines for his classmates (provided, of course, that he kept a lid on it the rest of the day). Carrey's early adolescence took a turn for the tragic, however, when the family was forced to relocate from their cozy town of Newmarket to Scarborough (a Toronto suburb). They all took security and janitorial jobs in the Titan Wheels factory, Jim working 8-hour shifts after school let out (not surprisingly, his grades and morale both suffered). When they finally deserted the factory, the family lived out of a Volkswagen camper van until they could return to Toronto. Back on firmer ground, Carrey decided to strike out into the comedy club scene. He made his (reportedly awful) professional stand-up debut at Yuk-Yuk's, one of the many local clubs that would serve as his training ground in the years to come. He dropped out of high school, worked on his celebrity impersonations (among them Michael Landon and James Stewart), and in 1979 worked up the nerve to move to Los Angeles. He finessed his way into a regular gig at The Comedy Store, where he impressed Rodney Dangerfield so much that the veteran comic signed him as an opening act for an entire season. During this period Carrey met and married waitress Melissa Womer, with whom he had a daughter (Jane). The couple would later go through a very messy divorce, freeing Carrey up for a brief second marriage to actress Lauren Holly. Wary of falling into the lounge act lifestyle, Carrey began to look around for other performance outlets. He landed a part as a novice cartoonist in the short-lived sitcom "The Duck Factory" (1984); while the show fell flat, the experience gave Carrey the confidence to pursue acting more vigorously. He scored the male lead in the ill-received Lauren Hutton vehicle Once Bitten (1985), and a supporting role in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), before making a modest splash with his appearance as the alien Wiploc in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988). Impressed with Carrey's lunacy, fellow extraterrestrial Damon Wayans made a call to his brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans, who was in the process of putting together the sketch comedy show "In Living Color" (1990). Carrey joined the cast and quickly made a name for himself with outrageous acts (one of his most popular characters, psychotic Fire Marshall Bill, was attacked by watchdog groups for dispensing ill-advised safety tips). Carrey's transformation from TV goofball to marquis headliner happened within the course of a single year. He opened 1994 with a starring turn in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), a film that cashed in on his extremely physical brand of humor (the character's trademark was talking out his derrière). Next up was the manic superhero movie The Mask (1994), which had audiences wondering just how far Carrey's features could stretch. Finally, in December, he hit theaters as a loveable dolt in the Farrelly brothers' Dumb & Dumber (1994) (his first multi-million dollar payday). Now a box-office staple, Carrey brought his manic antics onto the set of Batman Forever (1995), replacing Robin Williams as The Riddler. He also filmed the follow-up to his breakthrough, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), and inked a deal with Sony to star in The Cable Guy (1996) (replacing Chris Farley) for a cool $20 million--at the time, that was the biggest up-front sum that had been offered to any comic actor. The movie turned out to be a disappointment, both critically and financially, but Carrey bounced back the next year with the energetic hit Liar Liar (1997). Worried that his comic shtick would soon wear thin, Carrey decided to change course. In 1998, he traded in the megabucks and silly grins to star in Peter Weir's The Truman Show (1998). Playing a naive salesman who discovers that his entire life is the subject of a TV show, Carrey demonstrated an uncharacteristic sincerity that took moviegoers by surprise. He won a Golden Globe for the performance, and fans anticipated an Oscar nomination as well--when it didn't materialize, Carrey lashed out at Academy members for their narrow-minded selection process. Perhaps inspired by the snub, Carrey threw himself into his next role with abandon. After edging out a handful of other hopefuls (including Edward Norton) to play eccentric funnyman Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon (1999), Carrey disappeared into the role, living as Kaufman -- and his blustery alter-ego Tony Clifton -- for months (Carrey even owned Kaufman's bongo drums, which he'd used during his audition for director Milos Forman). His sometimes uncanny impersonation was rewarded with another Golden Globe, but once again the Academy kept quiet. An indignant Carrey next reprised his bankable mania for the Farrelly brothers in Me, Myself & Irene (2000), playing a state trooper whose Jekyll and Hyde personalities both fall in love with the same woman (Renée Zellweger). Carrey's real-life persona wound up falling for her too--a few months after the film wrapped, the pair announced they were officially a couple. By then, Carrey had already slipped into a furry green suit to play the stingy antihero of Ron Howard's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). He plans to take a break from the limelight after the holiday flick (as he puts it, "I'm looking forward to getting out of America's face").

Continuing to seek acceptance as a skilled dramatist, Carrey next appeared in the 2001 box-office bomb The Majestic. Undeterred by the failure of The Majestic, Carrey returned again to both comedy and box-office success with 2003's Bruce Almighty. After handily proving that his power as a big-screen star was very much intact, Carrey wasted no time switching gears once again as he embarked on his most ambitious project to date, the 2004 mind-bending romantic-dramedy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Scripted by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, the film garnered rave reviews and featured what was arguably Carrey's most subtly complex and subdued performance to date.

More fun stuff about Jim Carrey

Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Trade mark

Flexible body movements.

Frequently plays a character who wears green or is green.

Makes weird facial expressions in his more comical roles. A lot of times, the expression is accompanied by an equally weird voice or laugh.

Dropped out of high school at 16.

During the filming of Me, Myself & Irene (2000), he and the production crew attended a private music show of the band Phish on June 24th 1999 at the guitarist/vocalist house in Careystock, Vermont. There, he sang two songs with Phish, "Hey You" by Bachman Turner Overdrive and "Come Together" by The Beatles.

Ranked #54 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]

Made his name in the US as a cast member of the show "In Living Color" (1990).

At age 10, he sent his resume to Carol Burnett.

He appeared at the 20th anniversary special for The Comedy Store wearing nothing but a sock on his penis.

Hosted "YTV Awards Show" in mid '80s with Laurie from "Fox After Breakfast" (1996). YTV is Canada's Youth Television station.

At one point his family lived out of their car/trailer.

Once performed "Rocket Man" on stage with Elton John at one of Elton's concerts (1998).

At one point he and his family all worked as janitors at a factory to make a living.

Wrote himself a check for $20 million and kept it in his wallet until he earned that amount for The Cable Guy (1996).

Relationship with Renée Zellweger ended while they were already engaged and had marriage plans. [2000]

Manager is Jimmy Miller, who is the younger brother of actor-comedian Dennis Miller.

Shares the same birthday with Andy Kaufman, who he played in Man on the Moon (1999).

December, 2001: Announces his intention to become a United States citizen.

His total of nine MTV movie awards as of 2001 is the most MTV movie awards won by any person.

Although Jim has plans to get an American citizenship, he still intends to keep his Canadian citizenship.

He, Michael J. Fox and the late Raymond Burr head list of top Canadians in U.S. television compiled by Banff Television Festival, June 2002.

As a child, he used to wear his tap shoes to bed just in case his parents needed cheering up in the middle of the night.

Performed his first stand-up routine (with disastrous results) in a yellow suit and tails (made by his mother) similar to what he would later wear in The Mask (1994).

Insisted that his favorite band, Cannibal Corpse, play in the movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).

Melissa Womer Carrey filed court papers in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting more child support, saying that $10,000 a month "is not sufficient" to meet the needs of their 15-year-old daughter Jane, who wants to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. An April 21 hearing is scheduled on the support request. (30 January 2003)

Has a daughter, Jane Erin Carrey, with first wife, Melissa Womer (b. 6 September 1987)

Ranked #5 in Star TV's Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s (2003)

Many of his characters are ordinary men whose lives are changed by supernatural or otherwise unseen forces. As in The Mask (1994) (" (Ipkiss happens to find the mask), The Majestic (2001) (Appleton is unlucky and suffers amnesia), Liar Liar (1997) (His son's birthday wish comes true), Bruce Almighty (2003) (Divine intervention), The Truman Show (1998) (He finds his life is a TV show), and so on.

His characters from Dumb & Dumber (1994), The Mask (1994), Bruce Almighty (2003), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and Man on the Moon (1999) are losers who want to be recognized and be famous.

There is some sort of a bathroom scene in almost every one of his movies.

Along with Jeff Goldblum and Damon Wayans, his voice was dubbed for certain scenes in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).

While filming Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), it took approximately two and a half hours for him and co-stars Jeff Goldblum and Damon Wayans to be suited up as the aliens.

Many of his characters have a job or interest in TV (The Mask (1994), Batman Forever (1995), The Cable Guy (1996), The Truman Show (1998), Man on the Moon (1999), Bruce Almighty (2003))

Has said that his least favorite movie is The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969).

Owns his own $25 million dollar plane.

October 2004 - Became a U.S. citizen.

He has said that Joel, his painfully shy, lovelorn character in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), is closer to what he's like when he's not "on," and that making the film lead him to reflect on his past relationships and why they didn't work out.

Attended Agincourt Collegiate Institute (High School), in Scarborough.

Auditioned for the role of Farmer Ted in the film Sixteen Candles (1984). Eventually, actor Anthony Michael Hall won the part.


His personal quotes:

"I tend to stay up late, not because I'm partying but because it's the only time of day when I'm alone and I don't have to be on, performing."

"Until Ace Ventura, no actor had considered talking through his ass"

"It's insane...I mean, Nicholson, Hoffman, Jackson, Kline - I don't see how I can lose." - Regarding his chances at 1997 Golden Globes

"I've been dubbed the man most responsible for the dumbing of America, so obviously I don't put much stock into thoughts like (the theme of the 'dumbing down' of contemporary comedy). People love to laugh, and most people can find humor in just about anything, which is great. Trying to label or categorize comedy is ridiculous. I mean, if you laugh at a fart joke, does that make you a moron? I don't think so."

"Maybe there is no actual place called hell. Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches."

"That's the trouble with being me. At this point, nobody gives a damn what my problem is. I could literally have a tumor on the side of my head and they'd be like, 'Yeah, big deal. I'd eat a tumor every morning for the kinda money you're pulling down."

"I'm charming, but I dip into the Prozac now and then."

I don't believe in this fairy tale of staying together for ever. Ten years with somebody is enough. In ten years, you can give a lot of love.

"I have no intention of giving up my Canadian heritage, and all those who loved and supported me. My upbringing in Canada made me the person I am. I will always be proud to be a Canadian."

After recording a cover of 'I am the Walrus': "There! I did it! I defiled a timeless work of art! For my next trick, I will paint a clown face on the Mona Lisa while using the shroud of Turin as an undergarment."
Salary
Bruce Almighty (2003) $25,000,000
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) $20,000,000 + merchandising
Me, Myself & Irene (2000) $20,000,000
Man on the Moon (1999) $20,000,000
The Truman Show (1998) $12,000,000
Liar Liar (1997) $20,000,000
The Cable Guy (1996) $20,000,000
Batman Forever (1995) $5,000,000
Dumb & Dumber (1994) $7,000,000
The Mask (1994) $540,000
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) $350,000

Jim Carrey: Creepy Fun

Jim Carrey stars in the eye-popping family adventure 'Lemony Snicket'

If I were you, I would immediately stop reading this article about Jim Carrey, an unpopular actor with a horrible sense of humor.

He stars in a new movie called "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events." He plays a certain Count Olaf, who inherits a trio of children after their parents are killed in a house fire. An aging actor with a receding hairline (the most dangerous kind, according to Carrey), Olaf wants nothing more than to get his gnarled hands on the kids' sizeable inheritance, even if it means offing them in some ghoulish way.

Supported by a troupe of crazed followers, Olaf menaces the children. But, like so many youngsters, the Baudelaire orphans -- a girl, a boy and a baby -- are much too clever for this diabolical thespian.
Much to the count's distress, they manage to thwart his schemes at every turn.

Based on an allegedly popular series of children's books, "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is a family adventure film, which may attract fans both young and old. If too many people see it, it may launch a franchise and Carrey might be compelled to return.

If you are still reading this article, you may be frightened to know that Carrey was encouraged by his manager's 11-year-old son, Sam, to portray Count Olaf. Sam is said to have exclaimed, "Jim's got to do Count Olaf. He IS Count Olaf." So the not-so-funny actor's manager told his client about the script and urged him to read the books (there are 11 so far). He did, and, well, you shouldn't know this, but he liked them.

You also may not want to know that Carrey, 42, is pleased with how the movie turned out. Dressed for his press conference in a black jacket, black striped shirt and jeans, he says he enjoyed getting into the skin of Count Olaf, who disguises himself as different characters throughout the film to try to fool the kids into giving up their inheritance. Unbelievably, the kids aren't fooled by Olaf's bad disguises, although a few adults are.

Be warned that Carrey shaved his head for the role, just as he did for "Man on the Moon." He also had to endure several hours in a makeup chair every day, which he'd also done for "The Mask" and "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

He half-heartedly claims that he loves transforming, comparing it to Christmas morning. Altogether, Carrey experimented with 30 different characters for his new movie. Not all were used, though, which portends a sequel.

"I love the idea that he thinks the children are so stupid that they would never recognize him in a million years," says Carrey. "No one believes the kids, so Olaf is trying to work off of that, but they immediately nail him every time. I think that's a really cool thing that comes from the books. It's just that feeling that kids are kind of on their own."

The film's dark tone reminded him of such childhood favorites as "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "Oliver Twist." "I loved creepy fun when I was a kid," he says.

But is creepy fun good for children?

"It depends," he responds. "I wouldn't bring your 4-year-old, maybe. But I think that (the movie) is more than just entertainment. It's entertaining and funny, but at the same time, as the books did, I'm hoping the movie does well because it taps into something that's going on with young kids and teenagers who feel like they're on their own."

Fans of the books who insist on seeing the filmed adaptation will know going in that Count Olaf is not a nice person and that the children face dangerous situations. But, thanks to 14-year-old Violet's gift for invention, 12-year-old Klaus' knowledge and infant Sunny's remarkable teeth, they manage to escape the perils they face.

Some unfortunate child actors portray the Baudelaires: Emily Browning, Liam Aiken and twins Kara and Shelby Hoffman. Carrey was constantly playing tricks on his young co-stars on the set. And working with the babies was horrendous, he adds with a smile.

There was some controversy during the making of the film over whether Olaf should slap one of the children. Cruel Carrey insisted it was necessary because there had to be a balance of tragedy and triumph. "The movie is meaningless without danger," he explains.

You will be alarmed to learn that the rubbery faced actor has performed in a number of other comedies over the years, including "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "Dumb & Dumber," "Liar Liar" and "Bruce Almighty."

Or maybe you have accidentally stumbled into one of his grown-up movies: "The Truman Show," "Man on the Moon" or even that unlikely critical favorite "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

Born in Ontario, Canada, Carrey from an early age had the unfortunate talent of making people laugh. "It was almost a slavery situation where I would get a knock on the bedroom door in the middle of the night and my parents would say, 'Get your tap shoes on, there's company,'" he sadly informs a sympathetic roomful of journalists.

He drew inspiration from his father, who was also cursed with the gift of being entertaining. (His on-screen portrayal of Count Olaf, he admits, bears a strong likeness to his father, though he insists that his performance was inspired by a bird of prey.)

Says Carrey: "I remember watching him just captivate a room and be so animated and I thought, 'Wow, that's how you get on in the world.' So I tried to be like him."

At 15, the misguided youngster was forced to go to Toronto where he performed at Yuk Yuks, a famous comedy club. Following that performance, his career took off and for the next few years he worked in comedy clubs all over Canada. In 1981, at the age of 19, Carrey moved to L.A. and continued to waste his time. Unfortunately, one night, Rodney Dangerfield was in the audience and recruited the unsuspecting Canadian to tour with him.

Carrey's own series of unfortunate events continued when he was cast in the NBC series "The Duck Factory." It lasted only 13 weeks. What an unlucky number! Then he landed his first starring role in the big-screen comedy "Once Bitten" opposite Lauren Hutton. Other roles came his way, including a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's "Peggy Sue Got Married."

In 1990, he was given the bad advice to join the cast of Fox Television's ensemble comedy hit "In Living Color." After several unsuccessful seasons on the show, he was cast in the lead in the comedy "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." So many people went to see that movie that Carrey was forced to make a sequel. Other roles followed and Carrey was soon an international movie star earning only $20 million a picture.

Despite all these trials, Carrey is under the delusion that he is a lucky man.

"For the most part, it's just been a pretty great ride," he laments. "Most of the stuff that I find that I have problems with is created by me in my head.

Jim Carrey Opens Up About Depression

Actor Jim Carrey has opened up about his long-running battle with depression, describing it as a "low level of despair". The Canadian Liar Liar star admits he spent years on antidepressant drugs at a time when he was trying to convince the world that his life was good. In a 60 Minutes interview which aired in America, he says, "I was on Prozac for a long time. I'm not sure, it may have helped me out for a little bit. People stay on it forever. It felt like a low level of despair.. You're not getting any answers, but you're living okay and you can smile at the office." Carrey now stays away from coffee, cigarettes and Prozac. He adds, "I had to get off at a certain point, because I realized that everything's just okay." In the interview, Carrey also shows off his secret getaway up a hillside behind his Los Angeles mansion. He reveals, "This is where I hang out with Buddha and Krishna and all those guys. I'm a Buddhist, I'm a Muslim, I'm a Christian, I'm whatever you want me to be. It all comes down to the same thing."

Jim Carrey: In the “Sunshine”

We love him for being a vulnerable clown; the guy who may not always get the girl or an average Joe who gets a little carried away with power (Bruce Almighty). What a lot of movie-goers won’t let Jim Carrey be is a true romantic leading man. Why not I say? This dude is cute and tall and smart. Not since The Majestic has Carrey tried true cinematic romance. He may have found the perfect niche in the wacky mind-game romance Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Kate Winslet as the object of his affection. In “Sunshine”, Jim gets to be funny and still get in some love scenes.
Carrey plays Joel, a guy whose girlfriend has had all memory of him erased from her mind. Hey, all of us would consider that after a heart-rending break-up, right? Shattered, Joel decides to undergo the process himself, with some very strange consequences. We talked to the popular actor recently and found him to be spontaneous about his heartbreaks, hilarious, friendly and also very thoughtful and earnest as he told us about lost loves and driving down the street in a bed that was also a car (huh? You’ll see). Carrey’s head is shaved to accommodate wigs in his next film Lemony Snicket. We noted that Jim has cute Mr. Spock ears…slightly pointed and elfish. We’re afraid to mention that so we ask about the shaved head.
TeenHollywood: Were you wearing wigs for Lemony Snicket?
Jim: Yeah, a lot of wigs, tons of wigs. It was so much fun. We’re about halfway through with filming it.

TeenHollywood: How did the role of Joel come to you?

Jim: The script came to me and I read it and I thought that it was incredible and I couldn't believe that I was being offered it. So, I was just very, very happy. I had this guilty feeling of, 'How did I get this one and The Truman Show, man? Great.' Those are two really interesting, original movies.

TeenHollywood: Do you have any other favorite romantic scenes from movies that you think about?

Jim: Just stuff from my own life.Movies are great, but I think that the real romance happens kind of like right here somewhere (he indicates his heart), real close up. To me, this part (Joel), I couldn't really have done it if I hadn't been through a lot in one way or the other. Either you are the one erasing or you are the one being erased. So, it's not a pleasant feeling.
TeenHollywood: How have you dealt with memories of a relationship gone sour?
Jim: I've had a lot of conversations with myself, a lot of summations and then generally, I forgive and move on and look at the world as a beautiful place again sooner or later. I think that the real magic is you accept the flaws and you accept what was wrong and you move on and you love the person for who they are, flaws and all. You can't help who you love either. It comes from a different side of your brain than the logic part that tells you that this person is horrible for you. You should walk away and so, while you are walking away, the other part of your brain is trying to gain control of your bodily functions. 'Turn around, she's the one.' (of course he’s acting all this out in front of us and it’s hilarious)

TeenHollywood: Sometimes the idea of erasing someone from my brain is extremely appealing, what about you?
Jim: Of course, in the moment especially when you're going through something and you think, 'I don't need this. I don't need to live in fight or flight response.Let me let this go,' but in retrospect, it always seems to work out that you can look back on something that was a disaster and find some gems in there. The wonderful thing about this movie is that it's about love and it's romantic without being romanticized. It's real love. It's love when you go, 'You are ugly to me sometimes, and I love you, but sometimes I'm not going to like you.'
TeenHollywood: How was working with Kate Winslet?
Jim: Well, I get excited when the people that I work with scare me.
I mean, she's just scary talented and an amazing actress or actor, whatever you call them these days, but I get excited when I'm going to be surrounded by people who make me better and make me stay on my game and challenge me. So, she's wonderful to watch, unbelievable, because you sometimes don't know what she's doing when you're in the scene with her and then, you look at it later and she knows what's going to come off and how it's going to look. It's beautiful.
TeenHollywood: Why have you chosen films such as this and The Majestic that have to do with memory loss?
Jim: Humm, truth be told, that didn't even occur to me when I read this script.It wasn't about memory, it was about being erased. It was a different perspective on it. It was about the idea of how it would feel to be erased, and that was the strongest pull for me. It's like, 'Wow, that's a heavy feeling,' and that's what hit me with the script, when he finds out that she's erased him, it's just a brutal thing to probably anyone's ego, but to a male ego especially. I think that quick fixes are big for sure. I think that we're all erasing things every morning when we go to Starbucks. We're just like, 'Ah, whatever, it can't come up again. Don't let it come up again,' and that kind of thing. We suppress. We don't completely erase, but I think that we would in the moment.
TeenHollywood: Did you identify with the Joel character?
Jim: I don't have any big blacked out moments of my life or anything like that, but I liked that this was by choice.You know, some Valentine's Days, I'd have worn the step (in front of the memory erase clinic) down a couple of years, waiting outside in the morning, 'Please, open up early.' Part of the aspect of doing this role is that you have to open up old wounds. I mean, I wasn't ecstatic and happy when I had to sit there and peel the scabs off, and go, 'Oh yeah, I remember that.' There was a lot of that, it opened me up. I also wanted to express a lot of anger and kind of resentment of old hurts past and things like that, and what ended up happening, and I'm really thankful that it ended up happening, is that when it was all put together, it became like a love letter. So, I was saved from myself. It was a love letter to everyone that I've loved. (awwwww, how sweet).
TeenHollywood: People make the distinction of the goofy Jim Carrey role and the dramatic role. Do you make that judgment yourself when considering projects?
Jim: It's a Jekyll and Hyde situation, lets face it. No. They come as they come and when something like this comes by, you just jump on and that's all there is to it. There's no question about it. I mean, anyone would be lucky to be part of this.

TeenHollywood: Charlie Kaufman scripts are so different (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich). Is this one special?

Jim: Oh my gosh. It's like Moses coming down from the mountain with the tablets.Every time that he has a script, all of Hollywood goes, 'It's here!' He's just so rock and roll yet at the same time, he's a complete intellectual and this movie has everything going. Most of the time, he stays in this wild, intellectual world and this one, it just has such an anchor of heart, and something that we can all identify with on an emotional level. I just feel like I won the lottery.
TeenHollywood: You've worked with a lot of beautiful women in Hollywood. Is there anyone left on your list that you'd like to work with?
Jim: Oh, there are so many talented women out there right now. It's incredible. It's like a group of uber-chicks. There are just some amazing talents out there. I'd love to work with Nicole [Kidman] and many people, many, many people.

TeenHollywood: You sing this crazy song about pecan pie. Is that going to be on the DVD for this film?

Jim: Michel (the film’s director) had rigged this bed with a Volkswagen chassis, It had a Volkswagen engine and everything, and he said, 'Come on out.I had sung my Pecan Pie which is a song that I was hoping to get to Elvis, but he passed on and it goes, (Carrey sings) 'I love pecan pie. I love a pecan pie, I love a pecan pie, I love a pecan pieeee, I love a pecan pie, I love a pecan pie. I love a peeeeeeeeecan pie.' That's the song. (we clap). Thank you, so much. We went out in the middle of shooting in between takes on a really busy night and took over this gas station with this bed/car. I'm just spinning around this gas station out of control almost hitting people. The cops came in just as we were leaving down the highway with this bed. It was so insane and later on that night, Kate collapsed in the hot tub, I almost punched Michel. It was the most insane night. It was like mercury in retrograde.
TeenHollywood: Okay, quickie questions. What are you reading? Your fave book as a kid and what music are you into?
Jim: I'm just finishing 'The Da Vinci Code'. I know that I'm behind the times, but it's pretty cool. As a kid, well, 'The Red Badge of Courage', 'Lord of the Flies' which is always a nice bed time story. And music? There's just so much stuff that I listen to, whatever mood I'm in. I like everything from The White Stripes to The Bee Gees.

TeenHollywood: We hear you may do a movie version of “The Six Million Dollar Man” t.v. show.

Jim: I am bionic. We're developing that script. I think that it's just going to be a whole lot of fun. I love playing ego and playing an insecurity combined, and that's the same thing, I guess. It's ego out of control. I think that it's just going to be fun. You know, six million dollars doesn't get you a lot in this world these days. So, you can kind of imagine where the plot is going to go.

Jim Carrey Becomes an American Citizen

Canadian comedian Jim Carrey has fulfilled a longtime ambition to become an American citizen. Following in the footsteps of fellow Canadian Pamela Anderson and Irish actor Pierce Brosnan, the star will make the most of his new status to vote in the upcoming presidential elections - but he's insisting on holding on to his Canadian citizenship. He says, "I have no intention of giving up my Canadian heritage, and all those who loved and supported me. My upbringing in Canada made me the person I am. I will always be proud to be a Canadian." While Carrey became a US citizen last week, it is not known if he made the October 4 deadline to register to vote in the November 2 showdown between President George W Bush and Senator John Kerry.

Jim Carrey, Knowles& Jolie Make Forbes Rich List

Beyonce Knowles, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angelina Jolie are debutantes on the new Forbes Magazine Celebrity 100 list, while Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have fallen out of the top 10 and off the annual survey. Jolie almost makes it into the top 10, with her $27 million fortune, while Knowles debuts at number 19 with $23 million and Zeta- Jones enters the list at number 56 with $18 million. J.Lo and Affleck, who were fifth and seventh on the 2003 list, fail to make this year's rundown. Meanwhile, Jim Carrey moves up five places to number 15, and is credited with being the highest paid actor on the list. The Forbes Celebrity 100 list is made up of the stars' personal fortunes and their public interest.

Carrey's Quest for Zellweger Dashed

Hollywood funnyman Jim Carrey's desperate bid to woo former fiancee Renee Zellweger back into his life has been thwarted - the actress has confirmed she's still dating White Stripes rocker Jack White. The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind star, 42, is attempting to rekindle his romance with the Oscar-winning beauty in a series of friendly phone chats - even though Zellweger is happily dating The White Stripes singer Jack White. The Cold Mountain star says of her relationship with White, "The secret of staying together is big phone bills and lots of emails. I haven't tried web cams yet, but I think that's in my future." Carrey dated Zellweger for more than a year in 1999, after falling for her on the set of Me, Myself And Irene.

Carrey's Heartbreaking Movie Experience

Hollywood funnyman Jim Carrey was forced to confront his demons on the set of new movie Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, and cast his mind back over a string of failed romances. The 42-year-old actor plays a heart-broken lover opposite Kate Winslet in the film, and admits the experience led to much soul-searching of his own. Twice-divorced Carrey has wooed a succession of beauties in recent years, including Lauren Holly and Renee Zellweger, but remains single. He says, "I learn to forgive and move on and look at the world as a beautiful place again. It always sees to work out that you can look back on something that was a disaster and find some gems in there." And Carrey is trying to remain optimistic for the future, despite his doubts over finding the right woman. "So many people expect that fairy tale where everyone is going to be together forever, but I don't subscribe to that. I'd love for it to happen but I think ten years with someone is enough. A lot of love can happen in ten years. I guess I want a lifelong love. I just don't think that's real anymore."

Bald Carrey Screens Movie on His Head

Jim Carrey made TV history Monday night when the trailer for his new movie Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind was beamed onto his bald head. The funnyman was on The Late Show promoting the film and decided to make the teaser a memorable one by inviting a Late Show hair stylist to shave a rectangular 'screen' on the top of his head. He joked, "The whole movie takes place in my head, so I figured... The weird thing is that my head is the perfect aspect ratio for this film." Carrey tried to make TV history earlier in the show when he attempted to perform a silent interview with host David Letterman. The couple sat in silence for a minute until a staged mobile phone went off - leading Carrey to jump up and smash it.

Carrey's Top Box Office Star

Actor Jim Carrey has topped a poll of the Top Ten Money-Making stars of 2003 in an annual survey of cinema operators in America. Carrey scored a box-office smash hit with the comedy Bruce Almighty, which grossed over $240 million in America alone. Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman finished second, followed by Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Renee Zellweger. Conducted every year since 1932, the Quigley poll asks owners to vote for the 10 stars who generated the most box-office revenue for their cinemas. Ashton Kutcher and Scarlett Johansson were named 2003's Stars of Tomorrow - the actor and actress who are most likely to be the top money- makers in the years to come.

Egypt Bans 'Bruce Almighty'

Egypt, which last June banned The Matrix Reloaded, has now dealt a similar blow to the Jim Carrey film Bruce Almighty. Madkour Thabet, who holds the title of Director of Artistic Censorship, issued a statement saying that the film "harms the Almighty by daring to have him incarnated by an actor." The film has been shown in other Muslim countries, but in some it has been heavily edited, press reports indicated.

Jim Carrey As the New Six Million Dollar Man

Jim Carrey is set to star in a send-up of the 1970s' ABC drama The Six Million Dollar Man, which starred Lee Majors, Daily Variety reported today (Wednesday). The trade paper said that Dimension Films will produce the film, with Todd Phillips directing and Scot Armstrong writing. Phillips is currently completing work on another comedy based on a '70s TV drama, Starsky & Hutch, also written by Armstrong, and starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Snoop Dogg. In an interview with Variety, Dimension Co-chairman Robert Weinstein said that the new movie would "launch the franchise."

Jim Carrey's New Girl

Hollywood superstar Jim Carrey has a new girlfriend - and she's roughly half his age. The 41-year-old Bruce Almighty star has fallen head over heels in love with 23-year-old Danish model Betina Holte. Last Friday, besotted Carrey even jetted to Copenhagen to be with his new girlfriend. They met up at posh five-star hotel d'Angleterre, and stayed there for 72 hours. Carrey arrived in a chartered Gulfstream jet - and, according to eyewitnesses in the Danish capital, he and his new squeeze barely left their luxury suite all weekend. On Saturday the happy couple biked around Copenhagen, where Betina showed the funnyman the sights. On Sunday they only emerged from their hotel room once. Carrey signed autographs for a selected few fans, who could barely believe their luck, and stunning Betina was seen lurking behind him wearing a robe. The loved-up comedian returned to Hollywood on Monday. The couple first met at a party in New York, where the leggy blonde lives.

Malaysia Lifts Ban on 'Bruce Almighty'

Jim Carrey's comedy Bruce Almighty has finally been granted a release in Malaysia, after the country's Religious Affairs minister claimed it would offend Muslims. The film - which sees Carrey's character taking on the role of God for a day - has been granted an 18 certificate by the country's film censors, even though government officials have slammed its content. Buena Vista's local general manager in Malaysia, Anna Ng, says, "They viewed it from every angle and found it was a typical Jim Carrey comedy, with nothing sensitive about it." Previously, Religious Affairs minister Abdul Hamid had blasted the film, saying, "We cannot equate ourselves with God almighty even as a joke."

Malaysian Official Condemns 'Bruce Almighty'

The Malaysian government is at odds with the country's censorship board over the Jim Carrey comedy Bruce Almighty, which was cleared by the board and is scheduled to open on Aug. 7. Britain's Guardian newspaper reported that religious affairs minister Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin has demanded that the film be banned because it is offensive to Muslims. "We cannot equate ourselves with God almighty even as a joke," the minister said. The newspaper observed that even if the film is not shown in Malaysia, it will nevertheless be seen, thanks to the country's thriving black market in DVDs and videocassettes.

Renee Plays Down Carrey Romance

Jim Carrey might be able to feign good loving as God in new movie Bruce Almighty - but he failed to make the earth move for his ex, Renee Zellweger. The actress was devastated when the couple's romance fizzled out at Christmas 2000 amid reports of an upcoming marriage, but admits, looking back, Carrey wasn't her most treasured romance. She reveals, "We were together for less than a year, and half that time, I was in England filming Bridget Jones's Diary. That relationship got so much attention because he was famous. What I'll say about Jim is that he's very, very talented. But I've had much longer- lived relationships that have had a much more resounding effect on my life." Zellweger refutes claims the pair were engaged. She adds, "We were not engaged. The papers described the ring, which didn't exist, and they had all this other stuff that was so totally false."

Fine Weather for Carrey

Funnyman Jim Carrey has something to smile about in the romance stakes - he's bagged himself a new weathergirl belle. The Bruce Almighty superstar has not had a serious relationship since his union with Oscar nominee Renee Zellweger floundered. But Los Angeles based Maria Quiban has turned his head. And their friendship blossomed on the set of the new box office smash hit, as Maria was working in a neighboring studio. Carrey says, "We have been out a few times. We are good friends. I was on a dinner break from the TV station and we just got together."

'Bruce Almighty' Leaves Woman with Hellish Torment

Jim Carrey's new comedy Bruce Almighty has caused a Florida woman to suffer constant harassment - because her number was given out in the movie as a direct line to God. In the film, Carrey stars as a regular guy who receives the powers of God - played by Morgan Freeman - after complaining too much about life. God tries to reach Bruce Nolan, Carrey's character, by repeatedly leaving a phone number on his pager. But instead of the usual 555 prefix most TV shows and films use in phone numbers, God's number is Pinellas Park glassmaker Dawn Jenkins' mobile phone number. Jenkins, who has been getting about 20 calls per hour, with callers asking for God before hanging up complains, "What am I to do? I e-mailed Universal Studios about this issue... I think I want payment." Jenkins isn't alone in her plight. The number on Carrey's pager also matches the one to a South Carolina woman who says she's been "getting aggravated to death" by the incessant calling. It also matches the number for a call center to a group of five Colorado talk-radio stations. Ron Nickel, senior vice president for the Radio Colorado Network, says, "My receptionist is going to go crazy."

Carrey's Child Support Case Resolved

Hollywood star Jim Carrey has resolved a child support dispute with his ex-wife Melissa Womer. The Bruce Almighty comic actor had been hit by court papers claiming the $10,000 a month child support he provided for his 15-year-old daughter Jane was "insufficient". Carrey's spokesperson yesterday confirmed that the The Cable Guy star had reached an agreement with his former spouse - but declined to reveal the terms of that deal. Melissa claimed that her teenage daughter intended to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, and needs the extra cash to pay for a talent agent, professional photographs and a $200,000 studio in which to practice her fitness regimen and musical instruments. The former waitress, who split with Carrey in 1995 after an eight year marriage, added in the court papers that she currently pays for Jane's classes in drama, music recording and arranging, singing, tennis, dance, pilates and computers, but would like to sign her up for horseback riding lessons and a private ski instructor.

Jim Carrey's a Keanu Lookalike

Rubber-faced comic Jim Carrey has been accused of undergoing plastic surgery, after he was seen on the cover of American magazine bearing a striking resemblance to Keanu Reeves. The Canadian funnyman appears on the cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly alongside sexy actress Jennifer Aniston to promote his upcoming comedy Bruce Almighty. And his barely-recognizable snapshot has prompted suspicion of plastic surgery or very heavy airbrushing - both of which his representative Marleah Leslie denies. She explains, "He's been working out so his face looks thinner, and he's wearing a new hairstyle." Carrey just finished work on Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind last week, with Kate Winslet, in which he wears a hairpiece. Entertainment Weekly spokeswoman Sandy Drayton, who insists photographic touch-ups were "not dramatic," says, "The feeling here was that this is the way he looks, even though it's not how people usually think of Jim Carrey."

Jen Left Battered and Bruised by Jim Carrey

Friends star Jennifer Aniston suffered bruising and carpet burns after her bedroom scenes with Jim Carrey in new movie Bruce Almighty. The physical challenges she faced working with her co-star certainly seemed to have left her a little achy. She says, "He just grabbed me, lifted me up and threw me on to the bed. It was like a wrestling throw. I've never been so bruised in my life as I have been working with Jim Carrey. I was black and blue."

Carrey Saves Aniston's Life

Jim Carrey dramatically saved Jennifer Aniston's life when he pushed her out of the way of a toppling crane on the set of new movie Bruce Almighty. The quick-thinking star sprung into action when he spotted the huge crane toppling over in high winds - and heading straight for his gorgeous co-star. An on-set source, "It was so windy, it was difficult to do the scenes. But Jennifer and Jim decided to keep going. Suddenly a gust of wind blew over a huge crane. Jennifer had her back to the crane and didn't see it coming. But thank God, Jim did - and he pushed her out of the way. Jim was a real hero. She could have been killed. It could have been a real tragedy." A relieved and shocked Aniston embraced her rubber-faced leading man after the incident, sobbing, "You saved my life. You're a real hero."

Jim Carrey the Karaoke King

Movie star Jim Carrey has a secret hobby - he can't get enough of karaoke. The Cable Guy actor stunned customers at a Hollywood karaoke bar recently when he strolled in a midnight and gave an impromptu performance. Rather than lark around with a comedy routine as the audience expected, Carrey crooned for over half an hour, wowing the crowd with Elvis Presley hits such as "Heartbreak Hotel" and Roy Orbison's "Only The Lonely." After his gig, Carrey ordered sushi takeout and left the joint.

Model Snubs Jim Carrey

Film funnyman Jim Carrey was brought down to earth when a stunning model rejected his advances. The Me, Myself & Irene star approached South African beauty Dune Kossatz and asked her for a date. After she politely declined a one-to-one with the actor, Carrey asked Kossatz if she'd seen his 1994 hit movie The Mask. A tactless Kossatz replied, "I'm not going to see that s**t!"

Jim Carrey's Ballet Beauty

Rubber-faced funnyman Jim Carrey has found another woman, just a month after he caught ex-lover January Jones two-timing him. Carrey reportedly fell for Jones after she split from actor fiance Ashton Kutcher - but was left heartbroken when he discovered last month that the striking blonde was also dating heir Brandon Davis. Carrey - who has dated actress Renee Zellweger and was married to Lauren Holly - seems to have got over the rejection and has found a new girlfriend, Russian ballerina Anastasiya Volochkova. Friends say 40-year-old Jim is smitten with the flexible beauty after they met during a holiday the actor took in Russia last year and Anastasiya - a soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet has already jetted to Los Angeles to stay with him.

Jim Carrey Uncomfortable With Having To Act Normally

Hollywood funnyman Jim Carrey found it difficult shooting his new movie The Majestic - because the script didn't require any of his usual mad-cap antics. Carrey, who has won praise for his many eccentric, face-twisting roles in films like Ace Ventura, The Mask and How The Grinch Stole Christmas, felt slightly uncomfortable about the fact that he'd have to do nothing but act as normal. He says, "Generally, the other things I've done have been 'doing' a lot of stuff to get attention and to effect something happening. This one, it was so important for me to trust that there was enough there. It was very confronting and I was uncomfortable with it a lot of the time. I come from a world where, basically, you're not doing anything unless you're risking your life on set. This was more about, 'How does a person make you feel? Don't tell us, just feel it and trust that it's going to be picked up somehow.'"

Jim Carrey Hopes For Oscar Nomination

Jim Carrey is hoping his new movie The Majestic will earn him an Oscar nomination - after years of being snubbed. Jim has featured in an array of successful movies and has received two Golden Globes, but has never been nominated for an Academy Award, which he hopes his new, more serious role in The Majestic will change. He says, "I would love it. But I have a great life, no matter what happens. I'd never let an award make me sit back and think my life is incomplete." Carrey, 39, adds, "I used to have this all-encompassing need to be this super-being. Now it's moved from 'look how different I am from you' to 'look how similar I am to you.' I want my movies to have a kinship with people. I'm as human and vulnerable and make as many mistakes as anybody. If my films show that, then I'm proud of them."

Carrey's Jet-set Lifestyle

Film funnyman Jim Carrey has splashed out $42 million on a private jet. The Canadian-born star has a bulging bank balance thanks to hit flicks like How The Grinch Stole Christmas. So the 39-year-old has decided to put some of his money to good use, buying himself a state-of-the-art Gulfstream V jet. Jim, who can now jet to premieres and film locations around the world, says, "You can do that when you're rich."

Jim Carrey Aims For American Citizenship

Canadian-born comic Jim Carrey is determined to gain US citizenship - and is studying hard to ensure he succeeds. Jim is brushing up on the Pledge Of Allegiance and other American citizenship questions, in his efforts to become a US citizen. The 39-year-old actor said he wants to become an American citizen because he credits the nation for his success. He says, "To me, this country defined me. This country allowed my dreams to come true." Carrey, who grew up in Toronto, is still early in the application process, which can take up to a year. But the actor will not renounce his Canadian status and wants to hold dual citizenship. He adds, "I always felt growing up that America was a big brother, protecting us in the school yard."

Carrey Donates $1 Million To Disaster Fund

Hollywood star Jim Carrey donating $1 million to the families of World Trade Center disaster victims. The rubber-faced actor - worth a reputed $153 million - said in a statement that he hoped his generosity would encourage other donations. The Canadian-born star described his "deepest sympathy" at the victims' families' "unredeemable personal losses." Carrey is just one of a range of film and music stars contributing to America - A Tribute To Heroes, a two-hour nation-wide telethon on Friday night.

Major Stars Join Forces For Charity Telethon

In an outpouring of star support reminiscent of World War II, Hollywood's top stars have been coming out in droves to join in public-spirited events following last week's tragic terrorist attacks. George Clooney, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey are among the high-powered names that will be headlining a telethon/special airing Friday, 9-11 p.m. According to Tuesday's press release, the program, America: A Tribute to Heroes, will "raise funds and raise the spirits of all who have been touched by the horrific tragedy that has struck America." An unusual co-effort by ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, all four networks will air the program simultaneously and commercial-free, not only footing the bill for the production and broadcast, but also offering the feed free to any other broadcast, cable or radio station that wants to carry it. MTV, VH1 and E! are among the cable outlets which have taken up the nets on their offer to carry the program -- which has also signed Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Billy Joel and Tom Hanks (to name just a few) -- and E! will be doing a 1-hour preshow on the behind-the-scenes efforts to bring the show together. In addition to the star-power at the show, the Screen Actors Guild announced Tuesday it has offered its services to President Bush in arranging celebrity appearances at the White House, military bases, hospitals, fundraisers and in public service announcements. Current SAG president William Daniels said "I have no doubt that our high-profile people will respond."

Jim Carrey: "Bruce Almighty"

Jim Carrey was full of energy when he met the press in a Los Angeles hotel recently. In good spirits, he seems to have forgotten the critical drubbing he received with the release of The Majestic. There are clearly no hard feelings for this ex-Canadian star. Back in top comedic form in Bruce Almighty, here playing an ordinary guy suddenly endowed with the powers of God [played by a scene-stealing Morgan Freeman], Carrey knows exactly what he would do if he really had the power. "First of all I'd send anybody who didn't like The Majestic to the fiery pit of hell and then I'd start a new Utopian society. People made out of Nerf material so that I could cave the critics' heads in and then they would pop right back out. No-one would be hurt and I'd get my rocks off; that is, of course, if there was anybody left to start a new society." Nah, no hard feelings there. But perhaps for Jim Carrey who, both on screen and off, can be ferociously hilarious on the one hand and seriously contemplative on the other, is vehement that he didn't go into Bruce Almighty merely to prove his Majestic critics wrong. "I think it's important never to look a gift horse in the mouth and never to overlook your talents, so I really don't consider that. Tom [Shadyac, long-time friend and director] comes and says 'We have this concept that's really cool' and I say 'now that sounds like a blast' and we get to sit in a room and hash it out like we did with Ace and Liar, Liar. It just sounds like a great creative challenge to me" and for Carrey "it doesn't matter whether it's dramatic or comedic." Of course it's not easy playing the Man Upstairs, but if Carrey is concerned about it being sacrilegious, "I think I'm going to be welcome anywhere and will share the host with many," he quips. But Carrey does attempt to be serious when elaborating on the thorny subject of humanising God, Hollywood style. "I know at least for myself, we've always tried to humanize Him, in some way but He's probably just a shaft of light in a doorway, or something like that. To me I think I wanted God in this thing to be the guy who's absolutely dignified, has this austere quality and kind of no-nonsense-ness to Him, but at the same time has a sense of humour, because after all, God made our sense of humour. That's what we don't get a lot of, is God kind of messing with your head."

If God indeed gave Carrey a sense of humour, he needed it, after the family moved from their native Toronto to the industrial city of Scarborough. It was a low point in Carrey's life, during which he and his family all took security and janitorial jobs in the Titan Wheels factory, Jim working 8-hour shifts after school let put. When they finally deserted the factory, the family lived out of a Volkswagen camper van until they could return to Toronto. Carrey has always been reluctant to discuss that part of his life, but starring as he in a comedy that in part satirizes the power of faith, it is fitting that Carrey reflect on a past riddled with tragedy. It is from which his own profound faith is derived. Perhaps part of the attraction of a film such as Bruce Almighty, is that afforded him to be that wild and crazy guy audiences love, yet at the same time, wear his heart on his sleeve in some genuinely emotional moments. The actor is comfortable showing a more vulnerable side, he says. "The wonderful thing about this movie in particular, is it has a very serious notion underneath it. It is comedic in a way and it allows me to go incredibly crazy, but at the same time there are real solid ideas and the question that all of us get to a certain point, where we're screaming at God in our own way and saying 'Why? Why? Why are you doing this to me?' It's always us and we always get to a point, hopefully, where we say "Oh, Ok, that's what I had to learn', but it sometimes it's a long time coming so it was a nice chance to say that." Carrey admits his character's values are kind of like his own. "We're spiritual in a sense and I've always been big about faith. Everything in my life has happened for a good reason. Generally when I'm on the beam, man, it's like the blessings just come one after another, like rain. It's unbelievable. When I'm in the right place," he says smilingly. Carrey says he is more spiritual, than religious, and doesn't abide to a specific religious faith. "I've gone multi-denominational. I've studied a lot of different things and basically I don't know what God is but I know that He's at least an energy that rules all that walks the earth and I really think there are laws. There are laws and maybe they're within us. I don't know what it is, but I call that God too." So Carrey has a specific philosophy of life that he adheres to. "My interpretation of the secret to life is, don't do anything or try not to do anything that makes you feel like you deserve to lose in life and be grateful for what you have and a lot of that is in this movie. Be grateful and protect what you've got that's beautiful too. If you've got a talent, protect the spark."

Carrey has been doing just since his struggling career began in the early eighties. These days, as the song says, he's got the power, and he intends utilising to star in films as broadly mainstream as Bruce Almighty or Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which he describes as "wonderful, wonderful material. I felt so lucky to be part of that and Michel Gondry is brilliant. All the special effects were done in camera so it's a really, really cool project." Then there is Children of the Dustbowl, which the actor hopes to realise soon. "I think it's a beautiful story and I love stories about teachers. For some reason I can't get enough of those kind of stories. If I turn a movie on about a teacher, I love it. I love that idea of an adult influence on kids and also the idea that those children, the Okies at that time were considered un-teachable and this man who considered his life kind of over, Leo Hart, and had decided, under his wife's instructions to rest, couldn't find it in his himself to do that. He saw a purpose. He saw the reason why you teach. You know? Laying right in front of him. He couldn't help himself. So he made these kids build their own school and it was a really special thing. Really gave them a sense of pride. I think if people built their own school they wouldn't graffiti it, you know what I mean?" Teachers have always influenced Carrey, from second grade and beyond. He says that if the acting ever dries up, that maybe he will become an art teacher. But based on his current slate of projects, the classroom will have to wait.

 


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