History Creator / JimCarrey

3rd Jan '17 9:52:15 AM AlternativeCola
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* TheCastShowoff: In quite a few of his films, he's gotten the chance to show off either of his pretty impressive singing or dancing skills, or sometimes both. A few memorable examples being ''Film/OnceBitten'', ''Film/TheMask'', ''Film/TheCableGuy'', ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'', ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', and ''Film/YesMan''.



* FakeAmerican: He's actually from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (that's in Greater UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}), though he is a naturalized American with dual citizenship.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: He cannot be scripted. He cannot be directed. He can only be aimed.



* JustHereForGodzilla: If the movie he's in is lousy, expect him to be [[AuthorsSavingThrow the only good thing about it]].



* LeslieNielsenSyndrome: A lot of his early acting work, all done while he was gaining notoriety as a standup comedian, was in serious roles in serious dramas. Anyone who has paid attention to his career laughs at people who were amazed at Carrey's ability to do drama in later roles, because they'd known for decades.



* StarMakingRole: Ace Ventura. And as luck would have it, immediately followed by the Mask and Lloyd, making him the first actor to headline three #1-opening movies in one year. And he did it in his first three movies as a mainstream lead actor. How about Star-Making ''Year''?



* TomHanksSyndrome: After establishing himself as a goofy LargeHam, many were surprised when [[Film/TheTrumanShow his]] [[Film/ManOnTheMoon more]] [[Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind dramatic]] [[Film/TheNumber23 work]] came out.



* TypeCasting
22nd Dec '16 4:06:00 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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Speaking of which, he ''almost never'' makes sequels. He explains that he got a distaste for playing the same character in ''In Living Color''. The only reason he did the ''Ace Ventura'' sequel was due to contract reasons. In 1995, he even turned down a $10 million paycheck--which would have set a record, at the time, for the highest sum ever offered to a single actor--to reprise his role as Stanley Ipkiss in ''The Mask 2''. 2014 saw him break his rule a second time in ''Dumb and Dumber To'', re-teaming with Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly brothers. He actually ''was'' interested in reprising the role of Count Olaf for a sequel to ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', but the film did not do well at the box-office, resulting in sequel plans being put in limbo.

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Speaking of which, he ''almost never'' makes sequels. He explains that he got a distaste for playing the same character in ''In Living Color''. The only reason he did the ''Ace Ventura'' sequel was due to contract reasons. In 1995, he even turned down a $10 million paycheck--which would have set a record, at the time, for the highest sum ever offered to a single actor--to reprise his role as Stanley Ipkiss in ''The Mask 2''. 2014 saw him break his rule a second time in ''Dumb and Dumber To'', re-teaming with Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly brothers. He actually ''was'' interested in reprising the role of Count Olaf for a sequel to ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', but the film did not do well at the box-office, resulting in sequel plans being put in limbo.



* Count Olaf -- ''Lemony Snicket's Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''

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* Count Olaf -- ''Lemony Snicket's Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''
17th Dec '16 2:34:49 AM Xtifr
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'''James Eugene "Jim" Carrey''' (born January 17, 1962) is a colorful Canadian-born actor with a face for molding and often plays the central character. He had been acting since the mid-1980s, most notably in the short-lived sitcom ''The Duck Factory'', but came to attention as a TokenWhite cast member on ''Series/InLivingColor'' who managed to hold his own with several popular sketch characters, including Vera, the Mannish Bodybuilder, Fire Marshal Bill, a masochistic, cartoonishly destructive fire marshal hired to teach people fire safety (with disastrous results) whether or not he's somewhere where fire safety is needed, and Grandpa Jack, the depressed, divorced, alcoholic host of ''The Dysfunctional Home Show''. Some notable celebrity impressions include PaulReubens (as Pee-Wee Herman), Vanilla Ice, Tom Hanks (in a parody of the movie ''Philadelphia''), Sgt. Stacy Koon (from the infamous Rodney King beating trial in the early 1990s), George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Michael Bolton.

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'''James James Eugene "Jim" Carrey''' Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a colorful Canadian-born actor with a face for molding and often plays the central character. He had been acting since the mid-1980s, most notably in the short-lived sitcom ''The Duck Factory'', but came to attention as a TokenWhite cast member on ''Series/InLivingColor'' who managed to hold his own with several popular sketch characters, including Vera, the Mannish Bodybuilder, Fire Marshal Bill, a masochistic, cartoonishly destructive fire marshal hired to teach people fire safety (with disastrous results) whether or not he's somewhere where fire safety is needed, and Grandpa Jack, the depressed, divorced, alcoholic host of ''The Dysfunctional Home Show''. Some notable celebrity impressions include PaulReubens (as Pee-Wee Herman), Vanilla Ice, Tom Hanks (in a parody of the movie ''Philadelphia''), Sgt. Stacy Koon (from the infamous Rodney King beating trial in the early 1990s), George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Michael Bolton.
16th Dec '16 5:03:34 PM gjjones
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* CanadaEh: He used to get annoyed with the same trite reaction people in Los Angeles gave whenever he mentioned where he was from (‘Canada? Wow, must’ve been cold!’), but ultimately started playing along and giving [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ic3xNfEP_o this]] brilliant response.

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* CanadaEh: Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario. He used to get annoyed with the same trite reaction people in Los Angeles gave whenever he mentioned where he was from (‘Canada? Wow, must’ve been cold!’), but ultimately started playing along and giving [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ic3xNfEP_o this]] brilliant response.
16th Dec '16 5:03:34 PM gjjones
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7th Nov '16 8:39:39 PM NWolfman
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* AnimatedAdaptation: His first [[Film/AceVenturaPetDetective three]] [[Film/TheMask hit]] [[Film/DumbAndDumber movies]] were all turned into Saturday morning cartoons in the mid-90s. Note that all of those movies were rated PG-13, resulting in more family-friendly jokes white retaining all of the wacky characteristics.
5th Sep '16 2:14:41 PM ngh93
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James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a colorful Canadian-born actor with a face for molding and often plays the central character. He had been acting since the mid-1980s, most notably in the short-lived sitcom ''The Duck Factory'', but came to attention as a TokenWhite cast member on ''Series/InLivingColor'' who managed to hold his own with several popular sketch characters, including Vera, the Mannish Bodybuilder, Fire Marshal Bill, a masochistic, cartoonishly destructive fire marshal hired to teach people fire safety (with disastrous results) whether or not he's somewhere where fire safety is needed, and Grandpa Jack, the depressed, divorced, alcoholic host of ''The Dysfunctional Home Show''. Some notable celebrity impressions include PaulReubens (as Pee-Wee Herman), Vanilla Ice, Tom Hanks (in a parody of the movie ''Philadelphia''), Sgt. Stacy Koon (from the infamous Rodney King beating trial in the early 1990s), George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Michael Bolton.

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James '''James Eugene Carrey "Jim" Carrey''' (born January 17, 1962) is a colorful Canadian-born actor with a face for molding and often plays the central character. He had been acting since the mid-1980s, most notably in the short-lived sitcom ''The Duck Factory'', but came to attention as a TokenWhite cast member on ''Series/InLivingColor'' who managed to hold his own with several popular sketch characters, including Vera, the Mannish Bodybuilder, Fire Marshal Bill, a masochistic, cartoonishly destructive fire marshal hired to teach people fire safety (with disastrous results) whether or not he's somewhere where fire safety is needed, and Grandpa Jack, the depressed, divorced, alcoholic host of ''The Dysfunctional Home Show''. Some notable celebrity impressions include PaulReubens (as Pee-Wee Herman), Vanilla Ice, Tom Hanks (in a parody of the movie ''Philadelphia''), Sgt. Stacy Koon (from the infamous Rodney King beating trial in the early 1990s), George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Michael Bolton.
21st Aug '16 3:31:58 PM Saveelich
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James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a colorful actor with a face for molding and often plays the central character. He had been acting since the mid-1980s, most notably in the short-lived sitcom ''The Duck Factory'', but came to attention as a TokenWhite cast member on ''Series/InLivingColor'' who managed to hold his own with several popular sketch characters, including Vera, the Mannish Bodybuilder, Fire Marshal Bill, a masochistic, cartoonishly destructive fire marshal hired to teach people fire safety (with disastrous results) whether or not he's somewhere where fire safety is needed, and Grandpa Jack, the depressed, divorced, alcoholic host of ''The Dysfunctional Home Show''. Some notable celebrity impressions include PaulReubens (as Pee-Wee Herman), Vanilla Ice, Tom Hanks (in a parody of the movie ''Philadelphia''), Sgt. Stacy Koon (from the infamous Rodney King beating trial in the early 1990s), George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Michael Bolton.

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James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a colorful Canadian-born actor with a face for molding and often plays the central character. He had been acting since the mid-1980s, most notably in the short-lived sitcom ''The Duck Factory'', but came to attention as a TokenWhite cast member on ''Series/InLivingColor'' who managed to hold his own with several popular sketch characters, including Vera, the Mannish Bodybuilder, Fire Marshal Bill, a masochistic, cartoonishly destructive fire marshal hired to teach people fire safety (with disastrous results) whether or not he's somewhere where fire safety is needed, and Grandpa Jack, the depressed, divorced, alcoholic host of ''The Dysfunctional Home Show''. Some notable celebrity impressions include PaulReubens (as Pee-Wee Herman), Vanilla Ice, Tom Hanks (in a parody of the movie ''Philadelphia''), Sgt. Stacy Koon (from the infamous Rodney King beating trial in the early 1990s), George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Michael Bolton.
16th May '16 1:35:17 PM ironballs16
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** In his first ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' appearance (1996), the ''Joe Pesci Show'' skit [[http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-joe-pesci-show/n10865/ he appeared in had him playing Jimmy Stewart]]... while [[TheKidsInTheHall Mark McKinney]] played Jim Carrey. "Stewart" is appalled by "Carrey" ("Smoke a lot of dope, do you son?") and mocks him as a diva who "needs attention twenty-four hours a day!"

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** In his first ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' appearance (1996), the ''Joe Pesci Show'' skit [[http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-joe-pesci-show/n10865/ he appeared in had him playing Jimmy Stewart]]... while [[TheKidsInTheHall Mark McKinney]] played Jim Carrey. "Stewart" is appalled by "Carrey" ("Smoke ("[[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Smoke a lot of dope, dope]], do you son?") and mocks him as a diva who "needs attention twenty-four hours a day!"
11th May '16 3:25:27 PM EBsessed
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* Ebenezer Scrooge '''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles and]]''' the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come (all via MotionCapture) -- ''Film/AChristmasCarol2009'' (2009)

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* Ebenezer Scrooge '''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles and]]''' the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come (all via MotionCapture) -- ''Film/AChristmasCarol2009'' (2009)''Film/AChristmasCarol2009''
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