Jim Carrey was one of the greatest comedians to come out of Saturday Night Live. We have died laughing along with him in movies like Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. He’s been out of the limelight now for years and we haven’t seen him in much in the past few years and he certainly hasn’t been launching our favorite comedies out of the box office. It’s not because he suddenly became unpopular in Hollywood. He left of his own free will because he realized he needed to find himself. Many people might find that weird for a celebrity that was so popular at the time, but for Carrey, he realized that there was more out there for him than fame and fortune and he wanted to discover it for himself. We’ll actually be seeing him soon in a new shows called Kidding with Jason Bateman as one of the producers.
We’ve certainly seen him do a few bizarre things over the past few years that have had some people question his sanity even though he’s claimed that he’s finally woken up. He’s probably saner than anyone else in Hollywood. In an interview with W, he said, “The truth is, I was spirited into the forest by a sprite, and you know, you really just follow it when it happens.” That was basically his way of explaining the fact that he exited from Hollywood for about a decade. We may think that he’s been off in la la land, but he’s been doing plenty of things.
20 He’s Been Painting For Six Years
We had no idea that he even liked to paint but apparently, for the past six years, he was painting so much that they consumed his home. He was even eating off of paintings because they covered his house so much. If you haven’t seen the collection, then you must because this isn’t an actor being whimsical, he actually appears to have a lot of talent which isn’t surprising for someone with a creative mind.
“I wake up some mornings and sit and have my coffee and look out at my beautiful garden, and I go, ‘Remember how good this is. Because you can lose it.’”
He released a six-minute documentary last summer that showcased his painting lifestyle called I Needed Color. Not only did it surprised us, but it blew everyone’s mind when they saw the paintings because we didn’t realize that the hilarious comedian had this in him, but he sure proved us all wrong. Regardless of whatever weird pursuits he’s been up to lately, it seems as if he has his priorities in check which is the most important thing.
19 His Home Is Like A Museum
Sometimes, that’s what happens when a creative gets to work. He has a home in Los Angeles that is apparently overgrown with flowers. It actually sounds sort of beautiful. The massive number of flowers has become the home to hummingbirds who he lovingly calls his “landlords.” He himself has referred to his home as a “museum, with [him] as the curator and artist and tour guide.” He had spent the morning painting before having an over the phone interview with W magazine. He’s come a long way in his career and when it comes to his home and career, he feels he’s in a good place. “It’s nice to finally get scripts offered to me that aren’t the ones Tom Hanks wipes his butt with.” He’s someone that always manages to surprise us on the big screen and that’s why we have missed him so much over the years.
“I try to do something the audience might not have seen before.
Like if I’m going to kiss a girl I want to kiss her like a girl has never been kissed. Like maybe I would kick her legs out from under her and catch her right before she hits the ground and then kiss her.”
18 He Literally Turned Into A Character He Was Playing
We have all heard of method acting and sometimes there have been times when we can all agree that an actor may have gone too far. When Jim Carrey was hired to play Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon, no one could tell the difference between him and the character he was playing. It was downright creepy. If you haven’t seen the documentary called Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, then it’s a must-see. He showcases Carrey’s weird behavior as he played the character. He stayed in character the entire time even when cameras weren’t rolling. He drove the cast nuts and even got into a few fights with people because he was behaving like a jerk, essentially the way Kaufman did when he was alive. It was as if Kaufman had taken over Carrey’s body during filming. He antagonizes Jerry Lawler, a wrestler that was in the movie, even to the point of provoking him to be violent. When he was cast in the role, he said,
“That’s the moment that Andy Kaufman showed up, tapped me on the shoulder, and said, ‘Sit down, I’ll be doing my movie,’”
Carrey said. “What happened afterwards was out of my control.”
17 His Weird Red-Carpet Interview
When he was on the promotion tour for the documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, he had done a few red carpet interviews and one, in particular, had everyone wondering if the actor had finally lost his mind. He decided to hit up the Harper’s Bazaar’s party during New York Fashion Week. Many people were surprised to see him at the party and he explained his presence by saying,
“I wanted to come to the most meaningless thing I could come to.”
Ouch! He wasn’t done, however, and he gave a quick James Brown impression before stating, “I believe we’re a field of energy dancing for itself. And I don’t care.” The interviewer looking somewhat bewildered and concerned while she tried to move the conversation in another direction, but Carrey maintained control. “There is no me,” he said. We weren’t quite sure if he was mimicking someone in the same way that he did when he was playing Kaufman or whether he was kooky. Was it a stunt or was he pretty much the most “awake” person at the event? He was, after all, promoting the documentary of Kaufman, so maybe it was all just a stunt.
16 He Manifested His First Ten Million
For years, Jim Carrey has talked about how he manifested the life that he has just by willing it into existence. He once went on Oprah many years ago and told an old story about how he wrote himself a check for ten million dollars for “acting services rendered.” The story is actually a pretty cool one.
“I wrote myself a check for $10 million for acting services rendered and dated it ‘Thanksgiving 1995.’ I put it in my wallet and it deteriorated. And then, just before Thanksgiving 1995, I found out I was going to make $10 million for Dumb & Dumber. I put that check in the casket with my father because it was our dream together.”
He believes in the power of positive thinking and if you are a fan of the book The Secret, then you will know exactly what he’s talking about. He told the story to Oprah who seemed to know exactly what he was talking about. He also told an old story about how when he was little, he prayed to God for a bike and it magically appeared in his living room. He stated, “whenever I wanted something to happen, I manifested it.”
15 He Gave Himself Over To A Personality Called Hyde
He’s a talented actor that is genuinely concerned about what his fans want. He said there was a time where he was genuinely struggling to determine what his fans really wanted from him. He was laying in bed one night when it finally came to him. “They want to be free from concern.” An interesting thought indeed. He figured out that in order for him to free his audience from concern, he would need to do the same himself while onstage.
He decided he needed to give himself over to his maddest instincts, a personality that he referred to as Hyde, and devote that personality to what he considers the extremes of performance.
We’ve probably seen him doing that already, especially when we started wondering if he had lost his mind. Just think back on all his catchphrases, facial expressions, and how he uses his body in awkward angles — these are all forms of his Hyde. It made him different from all the other comedians out there and shot him to superstardom, so was it really a bad thing? He hasn’t had a major role since 2011 and he’s more than fine with that. “I don’t want anything,” Carrey says. “I have no ambition.”
14 He’s Showcasing His Art
If you ever wanted to own a piece of art from a famous celebrity, then now is the time. His art is quirky and weird and it’s now for sale. Last year, he had his very first opening at Signature Galleries at the Venetian in Las Vegas and it was titled Sunshower, which is about
“witnessing moments like a sun shower or a beautiful moon and being brought into awareness in this present moment, to that part of your consciousness that wants to stop in time and own it.”
It’s pretty awesome that he’s embarking on a career as a serious painter. He never has to worry about money however regardless of whether he does more movies or not. He’s always been careful with the millions that he already made. “I haven’t been as wild with my money as somebody like me might have been. I’ve been very safe, very conservative with investments. I don’t blow money. I don’t have a ton of houses. I know things can go away. I’ve already had that experience.” That’s probably why he’s been able to live a comfortable life all these years without having to work.
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13 He Takes Mindfulness Quite Seriously
We already know that he believes in the power of positive thinking and that he believes that he can manifest anything that he desires. Hasn’t he already proven that with the life that he leads? Not only does he study mindfulness, but he’s also into Bhagavad Gita, Christ consciousness, and non-dualism.
“I was a seeker for a long time, but I’m not seeking anything anymore. I feel like I don’t need anchors anymore, because there’s no boat to anchor, and you only need anchors if you have a boat.”
He once painted a picture of Jesus and that painting got him into a fist fight. Not exactly what we would expect from a painting. “Someone said, ‘You drew a picture of the lord.’ A fight started, and I just remember seeing the picture float through the air between bodies and a mud puddle, because it had been raining, face down. And then I became like a whirling dervish and just started punching faces, any face that I could find. I lost my mind. It was like somebody killed my baby. I don’t remember what happened exactly — all I know is I punched a lot of people that day. Maybe not the reaction you want, and not the reaction Jesus would have wanted, but it just took over. There was love in that picture, and someone was ruining my art, and I couldn’t have it. I’m a different person now, though — it would still hurt, but I wouldn’t punch them in the face.”
12 He Experienced A Tragedy
Jim Carrey was dating makeup artist Cathriona White on and off for three years between 2012 and 2015. Their relationship came to a tragic end in 2016 when White took her own life with prescription pills she stole from Carrey. The final moments of her life were depicted in the haunting note she left behind. She signed the letter as “Dewdrop” and left it on her kitchen table. “I’ve spent 3 days now in disbelief that you’re not here. I can go on brokenhearted and try to put the pieces back. I could, I just don’t have the will this time. I’m sorry you felt I wasn’t there for you. I tried to give you my best part. I don’t really know about burial or that sort of thing. You are my family, so whatever you choose will be fine. Please forgive me. I’m just not for this world.” The day before her passing, Carrey texted her asking her where his medications were since he couldn’t find them underneath his sink. He had them for his back which was constantly flaring up. He never got a response from White.
11 He Likes To Impersonate Hugh Jackman
One of the best things about Jim Carrey is his ability to impersonate anything and anyone. There was a period of time in 2015 when he and Hugh Jackman were impersonating each other. Personally, we think that Carrey would make a fantastic Wolverine. This photo was in response to Jackman’s impression of “Smokin” from the Mask. He tweeted out this photo with the caption, “Nice move @RealHughJackman. Now watch me make a meal out of your biggest role.” If you have ever wondered how he manages to make these faces so well it’s because he’s had a lot of practice.
“I practised making faces in the mirror and it would drive my mother crazy.
She used to scare me by saying that I was going to see the devil if I kept looking in the mirror. That fascinated me even more, of course.” It’s things like this that which put him a step above the competition. We don’t see too many comedians like him anymore. “Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them, or you stay afraid of taking them.” He’s all about taking risks and they have proven to be great for his career.
10 Celebrities Visit His Museum House
When we say that his home is like a museum, we weren’t kidding and that means that people will often stop by to take a look. When he was interviewed by W, he was asked what kind of people typically come to his home. “A lot of creative people. I don’t really want to give people’s names, but I have a lot of big athletes come through that want to see certain things, whatever inspires them. A lot of people are buying the materials and paintings now because I’ve chosen to let them go, which to me, is like an adoption.
I really want them to sync up with someone who’s moved by it. To me, I value the idea of it going out into the world and being part of somebody’s life more than I do hanging onto it. There’s nothing better for an artist than empty walls. They’re extremely motivating.
Just a couple of months ago, I saw a picture of a couple holding the first print I ever sold in a gallery, and holding each other and smiling, and it just made me so happy.” Carrey has clearly found something he’s extremely passionate about.
9 He Wants To Take On Different Characters
Now that he’s perfectly impersonated Andy Kaufman, he’s considered his next personification. We wouldn’t expect anything less from Carrey who is breaking new ground in who he is from one week to the next. He loves the performance of being someone new. “I wonder if I could do that with other people,” he mused to the interviewer from The New Yorker reflecting about how he had successfully cohabited with Kaufman. “I wonder what would happen if I decided to just be Jesus.” After that, he simply smiled at the interviewer while lifting a mug of tea and taking a sip, giving us a peak of his mischievous side. Speaking of Jesus and religion, Carrey has an interesting take on hell and it makes us shudder just a little bit. “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.”
8 He Thinks That Social Media is Baloney
Can we even argue that point? He may say that social media is baloney, but he also admits that it’s a great place to find hidden gems like intellectuals that are interested in the same things that you are. “It’s just a nice thing. For the most part, there’s a gigantic opportunity in social media, if you can sift through the garbage and baloney. There are teachers and there are great intellects and great discussions, so I use it to go, ‘Gnosticism, what’s that?’ and start looking. There’s a wealth of knowledge on there — and a lot of baloney, too. The fact is, it’s really impossible to know anything at all anymore. There’s so much noise, but it’s entertaining.” He also uses his Twitter platform as a means of getting his political views out there. He’s admitted that he’s given away control is various ways, however, he still takes it upon himself to express his views on politics and society. “I still tweet and draw political cartoons and play the part of Arjuna who has to fight the battle in Bhagavad Gita. It’s not a battle I want to fight, but you’ve got to play a part. Every day, at some point, there’s pretty much a peaceful acceptance of what’s going on in my life right now, but I do also tune in to the Republican — what could I call on it — war on logic, intelligence, and compassion at least once a day.”
7 Sometimes, He Takes Off His Mask
During his interview with W, the interviewer asked him how he felt about the reaction he got during fashion week. Of course, there were many people who thought he was off his rocker including the red-carpet reporter. Carrey thought the whole thing was funny. “I actually am surprised. There’s a lot of surprise around it — pleasant surprise. You know, when you take your mask off, there’s a ton of people still wearing the mask who are not going to like that you’re making their mask look like a mask.
But being authentic, you always risk people calling you crazy or thinking you’re having a nervous breakdown. And it’s nothing like that. I’ve never been more calm in my life; if anything, I’m the eye of the hurricane and there’s this force that’s traveling around me, which is wonderful. People often mistake freedom and liberation for crazy. And do I sound crazy to you? I don’t know.”
Those who think Carrey has lost his mind are probably just a little freaked out by his philosophical thoughts, and when his quotes are being taken out of context, it’s no wonder people think he’s lost his marbles. We think he’s a smart guy that has gone through an awakening and is no longer interested in the Hollywood life, but others have a difficult time understanding that.
6 His Message to Emma Stone
Jim Carrey is a big fan of Emma Stone. He posted a video parodying with Emma Stone as the lead character and he basically told the actress how he wants to make babies with her. He tells her she’s pretty and asks her what they would call their “chubby little freckle-faced kids?”
“I just wanted to let you know that I think you’re all the way beautiful. Not just pretty, but, you know, smart and kindhearted. And if I were a lot younger, I would marry you, and we would have chubby little freckled faced kids.”
A lot of people thought it was super creepy, but he claimed it was just a joke. “Yes, my message to Emma Stone was a comedy routine and the funniest part is that everything i said is true,” he tweeted, before continuing, “People often ask me if I’m being funny or serious. The answer is “YES”. ?;^]” Stone didn’t find it creepy at all, however, and she stated that she was flattered by the video. “I was so flattered I can’t even tell you,” she says the latest issue of New York Magazine. “Honest! I was really flattered, I really was!”
5 Cathriona White’s mother Thinks He Was An Enabler
That’s a severely cold message and one that should not be taken lightly. No one should be blamed for someone’s suicide because it must have been hard enough for him to live through. Considering the way that Carrey lives his life, the whole incident must have been very emotionally disturbing to him. White’s mother, however, thinks that it’s Carrey’s fault because she took the pills from his cabinet. She filed a public suit against him because she said he was the reason why it happened. She stated that he would often call White an insulting word and was constantly shaming her. He also allegedly dumped her because she wasn’t good for his image and used expensive lawyers to intimidate and threaten the makeup artist. It really doesn’t sound like the same “enlightened” person we read about in interviews. Carrey’s lawyers stated that White “sought out and stole Carrey’s prescription medication from his home without his knowledge.” It’s a very sad situation and one that was never resolved. Carrey was never held accountable and he attended her funeral.
4 He Once Told A Broadway Audience They Don’t Matter
He definitely shocks people every time he opens his mouth. People don’t expect a famous person to look at them and tell them that they don’t matter but Jim Carrey had no problem doing so. “The other night, I found myself at a Broadway show telling the audience they don’t matter, and that’s just not done.
I’m not being obstinate, I’m not trying to put them down — I just really don’t think they matter. I don’t think we matter. And to the extent that we just give ourselves a purpose, if anything matters at all, maybe it’s the alleviation of suffering. But that only matters to us — it doesn’t matter to the universe.
Carrey has admitted that he usually doesn’t prep for things — he prefers going with the flow. He’s more concerned about connecting in the moment than anything else. While he used to be the type to prep in advance, his priorities have changed. When he was part of Michael Moor’s Broadway show The Terms of my Surrender, he only started thinking about it the night before. “There’s nothing at stake. I don’t care what happens, except about connecting in that moment. But it’s weird what happens now — I was just supposed to go out there for 10 minutes, but it was half an hour.”
3 He Doesn’t Believe In Vaccinations
He wouldn’t be the first celebrity who doesn’t believe in vaccinations, so we’re not surprised that he’s one of them. He used to date Jenny McCarthy who has an autistic son. She’s been open about her thoughts again vaccinations and when they were dating, he jumped on the bandwagon. He started posting Tweets like this one: “They say mercury in fish is dangerous but forcing all of our children to be injected with mercury in thimerosol is no risk. Make sense?” And, “I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines — not all!” It’s one of the many things that made him sound just a touch crazy, but he was also dating someone who was spewing the same stuff in the media. He’s apparently tried out a lot of methods himself over the years.
“I’ve tried everything. I’ve done therapy, I’ve done colonics. I went to a psychic who had me running around town buying pieces of ribbon to fill the colors in my aura.”
That might have something to do with his point of view, though.
2 He’s Writing A Novel
If anyone should write a novel, it should be Jim Carrey because at the very least, it would be interesting. We would love to read something about his life and what inspires him. What’s it going to be about? Well, he’s not telling us everything. “Yeah, it’s going to be very special. I don’t want to drill down on exactly what it is, but I can tell you that it’s a completely original idea. And it’s a literary piece; it’s not pulp. I’m writing with a wonderful writer friend named Dana Vachon. We’ve been working on it for several years, and we’re like an old married couple that talk to each other at least twice a day. I’m super excited about what’s going to happen with that; it’s not going to be like anything anybody’s ever seen.” Keep your eye peeled because the book should be hitting store at the end of the year. Although we don’t know exactly what the story will be about, we can assume that he’ll include his thoughts on mindfulness and the universe, and perhaps what he thinks the point of life is really about.
1 He Got Caught Graffitiing
In 2011, Jim Carrey found himself in trouble with the police for graffiti. The NYPD caught him vandalizing a building. It wasn’t just any building however it was the outside of his West Village art studio and he was just trying to make it look better. Police didn’t see it that way, especially since he was spray painting the building with something he called “Baba.” That’s a “mischievous deity…[who] exists in negative space.” Telling that to the cops would likely confuse them to no end. The police decided to cover up his first painting, so Carrey put it upon himself to do a second painting of Baba with a message that said, “This graffiti reapply pursuant to… [drawing of Baba] …Ordinance F.F.C.” He feels as if he always has to be performing when he’s awake so he likes the fact that he can work at night when no one bothers him. “I tend to stay up late, not because I’m partying, but because it’s the only time of the day when I’m alone and don’t have to be performing.”
References: wmagazine.com, nydailynews.com, huffingtonpost.com, newyorker.com
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