* PlayingAgainstType: He played a variety of both comic and serious roles prior to becoming an A-lister and thus identified only with comedies. ''TheMajestic'', ''{{Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind}}'' and ''{{The Number 23}}'' are his most deliberate attempts to play against type since then.
** PlayingWithCharacterType: ''TheCableGuy'' and ''TheTrumanShow'' played his over-the-top, zany persona for, respectively, BlackComedy and drama.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Carrey was originally supposed to be a cast member on ''Saturday Night Live'' when the original cast left in 1980 and Jean Doumanian was hired to create a new "Not Ready for Primetime" cast for the sixth season. Considering how terrible the 1980-1981 season was and how most of the cast has faded into obscurity (with EddieMurphy, GilbertGottfried, and Gail Matthius [when she spent most of the 1990s doing voicework on kids' cartoons], as the only ones who found fame outside of their time on ''SNL''), it was probably a good thing he wasn't picked.
** Plus, the Wachowski Brothers wanted him to play ComicBook/PlasticMan in the never-made film based on their script. Which, even if the script was kinda crappy, ''still'' would have been epic.
** He almost didn't do ''AceVentura'' because he didn't care for the script. He only said yes after they allowed him to work on it.
** He was originally cast as Doctor Evil in ''[[Film/AustinPowers Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery]]'', but he dropped out due to schedule conflicts with ''Film/LiarLiar''.
** He was considered to star as Captain Jack Sparrow in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' and as Willy Wonka in ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. Both roles went to JohnnyDepp.