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Jim Carrey: Crazy Genius or Just Crazy?

Jim Carrey has worn a lot of hats in his career, stunning impersonator, shaggy haired eccentric, slapstick comedian, children's book caricature, and that's just the beginning. In recent years, the man who immortalized the phrase "laces out" has been somewhat of a recluse, with rumors of on-set "diva-like" behavior and "obsessive" tendencies following him from project to project. While he seems to have settled down and found something like love with Jenny McCarthy (over a shared passion for fabulous hair, of course), his past few movies have all been cancelled before coming to life, and his newest film, The Number 23, is independent and dark, hardly a typical Jim Carrey vehicle. In the upcoming Radar Magazine, they break down the mystique of Jim Carrey, and try to answer the question of whether he will ever return to his Dumb and Dumber roots:

  • As he [shot a scene in 23], Carrey wrote on walls. He wrote on himself. And then, as the cameras rolled, he unzipped his fly and urinated. That last part wasn't in the script. Perhaps if Carrey weren't himself obsessed with the number 23, or if he didn't have a reputation for being both dark and obsessive, taking a leak on the set would have simply been regarded as an admirable commitment to his role–which is how dirrector Joel Schumacher sees it: "If Brando had done it in the early days, or De Niro, it would now be considered genius because they stayed in character."
  • "He's a tough guy to get along with, but he's not a dick," says a writer who's worked with him. "He doesn't kick people so he can feel better about himself."
  • "I've never seen a more meticulous re–hearser," adds director Brad Silberling (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events). What appears to be an off-the-cuff performance "is like choreography.…He spends an unbelievable amount of time at home, alone, rehearsing."
  • Whispers about his behavior became painfully public during the filming of his last comedy, 2005's Fun with Dick and Jane, on which Carrey's delays and demands caused the budget to balloon dramatically. Production on the film was so traumatic that Dean Parisot, its genial director, began referring to the project as "Fun with Jane."

As a huge Jim Carrey fan, it's fascinating (if not, at times, troubling) to get a glimpse into his personal struggles with his craft and the feelings of those who have worked closely with him throughout the years. No doubt there will be many different Jim Carreys in the years ahead, and I can't wait to see any of his incarnations. And if I don't see you, good afternoon, good evening and good night.


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garbanzo11 garbanzo11 7 years
karmasabitch karmasabitch 10 years
I LOVE him.. he has fantastic comedic ability but I also love his serious roles.. Truman Show is one of the best.movies.evaaa.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
He tries too hard to be funny. I like more dry humor.
Blessed2x Blessed2x 10 years
Love him!
RainbowCrayon RainbowCrayon 10 years
I didn't like him in Cable Guy, or anything before that. I loved him ....oh crap, what's the name of the movie, where.. he's being taped and he dosen't know it. For the love of.. TRUMAN SHOW. Ok, yeah after truman show I started liking him. **~~Everyone who's anyone has been on sesame street.~~**
NduguNStephie NduguNStephie 10 years
I think that he is mentally ill - when he was on Nickelodeon years ago - O.M.G. This guy is REALLY psychotic... the interviewers face was hilarious! Jim completely lost it and got WILD eyes... I would hate to be in the same ROOM with him - he scares me.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
He is too silly to be funny.
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
Well if you are judging him by "Dumb & Dumber" or the Ace Ventura movies then I agree - stupid boyfriend humor. But remember "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"? Brilliant! Comedians are usually troubled - I just hope he gets the help he needs without resorting to drugs or alcohol.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I think this guy is cool and he has an incredible story.
sarah100682 sarah100682 10 years
I cannot stand his work. If Jim Carey is in a movie, I will not watch it. However, I do not necassarly dislike him as a person.
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
I think he is a smart man.......and a great actor.
DulceSkye DulceSkye 10 years
I don't get him. I think he's hilarious, and even a great dramatic actor, but he really is a difficult guy to understand.
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 10 years
I like him a lot. I think he was great in that drama with kate winslet.... _____________________________________________ * yummers! *
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
laces out LOL
Living Color, Cable Guy and Liar, Liar were HILARIOUS!! You can't be THAT FUNNY and not have a screw loose. He's a comedic genius (at the price his sanity ~ poor guy~!) ~Let's Go~
Christina23559 Christina23559 10 years
I loved him most in his early work. It was pretty much after Cable Guy that I started loosing my love for him. LOVED LOVED LOVED him on In Living Color. Dude was hilarious in his characters on that show.
nomerz nomerz 10 years
I love him -- but I also appreciate stupid humor. :)
paigesweetkisses paigesweetkisses 10 years
carbizkate - i'm the EXACT same - you took the words right out of my mouth. he drives me nuts & to make it worse, my boyfriend loves his movies & insists that we watch them. I seriously can't sit through them.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I'm really curious to see him in a scary movie (The Number 23). I think he could pull it off.
JustMe21 JustMe21 10 years
I love him! He cracks me up.
Fantasia1 Fantasia1 10 years
hes amazing come on:P
carbizkate carbizkate 10 years
He drives me nuts! I absolutely can't stand watching movies with him in them because I find him to obnoxious.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
I used to love Jim.. but now I am thinking he has a screw loose.. Luckily Steve Carrell picked up the torch.
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