If you grew up in the 1990s, chances are you grew up on the comedy of actor and comedian Jim Carrey. Between films like The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Dumb and Dumber, he virtually capitalized on countless childhood memories, forever making an impact on young viewers and the industry as a whole. You may also be wondering, “What the hell has Jim Carrey been up to these days?”
It’s a fair question to ask. In all honesty, a lot of his comedic work hasn’t aged very well, so it’d be easy to assume that Hollywood just got sick of his shtick and was no longer offering him roles. But, according to a new extensive profile on the actor, that isn’t the case. As the writer put it, “The industry never tired of writing that guy huge checks; it was Carrey who got tired of cashing them.” Carrey himself embellished on that idea, saying:
“I just didn’t want to be in the business anymore. I didn’t like what was happening, the corporations taking over and all that. And maybe it’s because I felt pulled toward a different type of creative outlet and I really liked the control of painting — of not having a committee in the way telling me what the idea must be to appeal to a four-quadrant whatever.”
But don’t go feeling sorry for Carrey. The dude had his time, and every so often, he’ll pop up in a movie, and will often steal the show while he’s at it. In addition to that, he’s also proven time and again that he’s a stellar dramatic actor as well, and should he find roles that he likes in the future, I’m sure he won’t fail to dazzle us then.
Carrey has also taken on a second career as a political cartoonist. Don’t believe me? His official Twitter account has a new image posted every couple of days, with many of them poking fun at the current president of the United States, Donald Trump. I suppose he’s had something of a second calling since he became more and more disenfranchised with the Hollywood system.
Are you sad to see Jim Carrey taking a backseat these days? What’s your favorite role of his? Personally, I don’t think you can top what he did in The Truman Show, and while I’m not sure I’d call it a good movie, I did enjoy the work he did on the underrated Fun with Dick and Jane. Let us know your personal favorites below!
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