Something’s happened to one of the greatest comedians of our time. He’s recently transformed into a figure that makes everyone ask, what the hell happened to Jim Carrey? From being broke, to following his ambition, to finding success, to making millions and to one day just, quietly stepping away from the spotlight. The very same spotlight that made Jim Carrey into the man loved by people all around the world as he anxiously pursued the challenge of putting a smile on our faces by subtly exaggerating the simplest of his movements.
Perhaps we’ll always remember him as a one of a kind comedian with a thousand faces, but the truth is, more than being a funny guy, Jim Carrey has the greatest command over dramatic moments that puts a doubt in our minds as to whether he’s actually a comedian or was he just pretending to be one?
The very first time he decided to take on a high profile serious role, it was when he took on the lead character in the movie Truman Show. But in order to do so, he had to take a pay cut. Carrey was soaring through the timeline of establishing himself as an unforgettable joker who made us question about how we looked at comedy and yet, when given the opportunity, he let go of the materialistic return in exchange for something more unconventional, the first chance ever to be himself in front of the camera.
Carrey has very few comedy scenes in the film, but when he’s on it, just take a look at how he plays them. He’s crazy, insane, energetic, powerful, subtle, intensely in and out of control. This is the real Jim Carrey and once he got the taste of that, he was ready to portray one of his real life idols, the song and dance man, Andy Kaufman in the thought grabbing film, Man on the moon.
Carrey continued to exert his unconventional comedic energy in the following years to come with his project choices, but it wasn’t until the mind twisting love story, Eternal Sunshine of the spotless Mind that Carrey showed what he’s really made of. It was the tale of an introverted guy and an extroverted woman where Carrey was able to portray his character on the deepest level possible and put him in front of the audiences in a way that you imagine yourself in Carrey’s place and feel the excruciating pain of falling in love and for some immature reason, deciding to erase all of your beloved memories that you cherish and desperately want to hold on to.
His choice of comedic projects continued later on, but the last time we saw Carrey with a face that made the most sense for him to play was when he unofficially continued his portrayal of his Eternal Sunshine’s character with the film ‘Yes Man’ where he played yet another closed off guy from the world who learns to say yes to all the opportunities thrown his way.
Since then, everything just sort of stopped. Carrey silently turned into someone who in his own words, was playing the character of Jim Carrey as Jim Carrey never existed. His purpose was to get famous, rich and have all the things that people desire and then just simply let it all go. Some think he’s found religion, some think he’s dramatically changed and some think that he’s simply gone mad. But the truth is far more mind twisting than that.
You just need to go back to the four key projects he did. The Truman Show: where the character’s entire life is manipulated and scripted. He has no clue what the real world tastes like. Man on the moon: where the character is sort of a psychotic comedian who just has been launched into the world. Eternal Sunshine: where the closed off character finally finds complicated love and the ‘Yes Man’, where he finally learns to live.
Carrey wasn’t just playing these characters, he was actually searching for himself and when he found it, he figured out that nothing really matters except the legacy which he’s already solidified. No matter the amount of money, the amount of accolades, the amount of fame, Carrey knows that you’re leaving the world empty handed. So why not let the people know about it in a way they will never forget?
No matter how much I miss the Jim Carrey who made us smile and gave everyone something that’s going to stick with us until the end, I’m actually kind of glad that he’s left us. It was his leaving that has given us a mind twisting question to answer. Every morning you wake up, work hard, find success, make millions of dollars, get married, have a family and live happily ever after. But what the hell does it all mean? What does your legacy mean? Is it something people going to put aside and forget about or is it something that’s going to be remembered by if not millions, then thousands of people all around the world, impacting their lives, molding it into something gold like and inspiring them to be something similar, something better…, for an eternity to come.
I'm not into Hollywood comedians, but Jim Carrey is one of thos rare comedians who just had me hooked to his exaggerate style of putting a smile on our faces. His recent transformation into some who stepped away from the spotlight is very mysterious and mind twisting to look at and that inspired me to produce this narrative.
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