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Creator: Jim Carrey

"Alrighty then!"

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 Token White cast member on In Living Color! who managed to hold his own with several popular sketch characters, including Vera, the Mannish Bodybuilder, and Fire Marshal Bill, a masochistic fire marshal hired to teach people fire safety (with disastrous results).

When the small-scale Ace Ventura: Pet Detective arrived on movie screens in early 1994, it was roasted by critics but proved to be a surprisingly big hit. As it happened, he did two other hit movies that year (The Mask and Dumb and Dumber) and was soon an A-list performer, in essence the first big film comedy star of the 1990s. He has played many classic characters, and his involvement in a movie will often be a success — so successful, the subsequent films and series usually go down from his absence.

Speaking of which, he 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 (as of September 2013, his only one) 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 will see 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 A Series of Unfortunate Events, but the film did not do well at the box-office, resulting in sequel plans being put in limbo.

Starting with The Truman Show, he has successfully made the transition to more serious films, with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind probably his most lauded serious role. It hasn't stopped him from appearing in goofy comedy as well, though, and nowadays he's well respected both aspects of his acting range. While not as popular as he was at his height in The Nineties, his career has proven surprisingly durable.

In his early days performing standup comedy, Carrey reportedly wrote himself a check for almost $1 million and promised himself that he would, one day, be worth enough to legally cash it. That promise was fulfilled soon after his performance in The Mask and Dumb and Dumber, though by that point, he had already earned several times more than the check itself was worth. When his father died, he put the check he wrote to himself in his father's casket.note 

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  • Adam Westing and Self-Deprecation: He's often poked fun at his goofy/Large Ham reputation.
    • From Batman Forever: "Was that over the top? I can never tell!"
    • In his first Saturday Night Live appearance (1996), the Joe Pesci Show skit he appeared in had him playing Jimmy Stewart... while another performer 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!"
      "Jimmy Stewart": Hello, I'm Jim Carrey! I'll do ANYTHING for a laugh! I need attention twenty-four hours a day! LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! *Brays like a donkey*
    • When he presented an Oscar in 1997, he envisioned himself being used in commercials after his death, making fun of a then-current Trident slogan: "Who wants gum? (turns around and starts talking out of his butt) I do! I do!"
    • When he didn't get an Oscar nomination for The Truman Show, he still agreed to present an award. He pretended to break down into self-pitying tears during his intro. He was asked to participate in a gag the following year during Billy Crystal's opening film montage segment to poke fun at not being nominated for Man on the Moon, but declined.
    • In Liar Liar, there's a scene where Carrey's five-year-old son has discovered that his father can't lie, and is asking Carrey if various parenting clichés are true. The last one is:
    Max: If I keep making this face (makes a face) will it get stuck that way?
    Fletcher: Not in a million years. In fact, some people make a good living that way.
    • During the Hilarious Outtakes, the opposing lawyer (Swoosie Kurtz) he's trading insults with screams "Overactor!" (after being prompted to as a joke by the director). He laughs and says "Oh no. They're on to me," after playfully pretending to choke her.
    • This clip from Late Night with Conan O'Brien is ostensibly from a Biopic with Carrey playing Conan (this was when Man on the Moon was new), and Carrey!Conan acts as if he holds a grudge against the actor. At the three-minute mark, Carrey!Conan makes fun of the facial contortions and catchphrases of Ace Ventura and The Mask.
    • From his own website:
    Oh great and powerful creator, how can I distinguish myself from other actors? ....talk out of my what?
  • Black Comedy: The Cable Guy, in which his character turns out to be a stalker.
    • Me, Myself and Irene
    • Fun with Dick and Jane
  • Bus Crash: The reason he never appeared in sequels to the films he starred in, though he did star in the second Ace Ventura film as well as the third Dumb and Dumber film.
  • Catch Phrase: Many, especially as he became an A-list star.
    • "Let me show ya somethin'!" (In Living Color)
    • "All righty then!" (Ace Ventura)
    • "Sssssssssssmokin'!" (The Mask)
      • "Sssssssomebody stop me!" (from same)
    • "B-E-A-Utiful!" (Bruce Almighty)
    • "Hi-ho Silver! Away!" (He says this in both Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Bruce Almighty, despite playing a different character in each.)
    • "And if I don't see ya — good afternoon, good evening, and good night!" (The Truman Show)
    • Man on the Moon takes an askew glance at the trope. Latka, Andy Kaufman's Taxi character (adapted from his stage act), has "Tank you veddy much" as his catchphrase. The montage of his work on the show ends with several clips of him saying it presented in quick succession, implying that — at least to Andy — he isn't making progress as an artist despite his popularity and his character isn't much more than the catchphrase.
    • In his first Saturday Night Live appearance, he tries to do his opening monologue in character as an alien but ends up placating an unhappy "audience member" who just wanted to hear his catchphrases — namely the first three listed above.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he's not a Large Ham he's this.
  • Face Fault: He pulled it off in live action in the film Liar Liar. After a long sequence of hiding from high-end executive types, he runs into the last person he wants to see, shouts "God in heaven!" and collapses to the ground. He is probably the only person who will ever be able to pull of a Face Fault without it looking totally forced/awkward/just kind of stupid.
  • Fake American: He's actually from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (that's in Greater Toronto), though he is a naturalized American with dual citizenship.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: He cannot be scripted. He cannot be directed. He can only be aimed.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty run them over their respective end credits (the latter has additional outtakes on its DVD), the How the Grinch Stole Christmas DVD has an outtakes reel as a bonus feature, and before any of those was the In Living Color bloopers episode, where one montage focused just on him getting the giggles during various skits.
    • Apprently there's about 2 hours worth of footage of him from Fun with Dick and Jane torturing Jeff Garlin with a voice modifier. Though no footage has been released in full.
  • Large Ham: He has a subheading under Film at the trope entry for a reason (and the first one, at that).
    • There's an image somewhere on the internet of various expressions he's made juxtaposed with various Internet memes and the uncanny resemblance he has to them.
  • Leslie Nielsen Syndrome: 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.
  • Metal Head: Believe it or not, he is a fan of Death Metal and Grindcore.
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Slapstick: The modern master of the form. To the point where, during one scene in Fun with Dick and Jane, where he fell to the ground accidentally, he turned it into a joke. This included catching himself an inch from slamming his face into the ground.
  • Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: He said it in the movie that is the Trope Namer. Twice.
  • Stand-Up Comedy
  • Star-Making Role: 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?
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: His movies can put you in a good mood really quick.
  • Trickster Archetype:
    • Characters who qualify as this include Ace Ventura, the Mask, the Riddler, Andy Kaufman, and the Grinch. Word of God even said that the Frankie from One Piece is based on him.
    • On a similar note, a lot of Sokka's facial expressions are based off Jim.
  • The Tooth Hurts: He lost a chunk from one of his front teeth in a childhood bicycle accident. He usually wears a cap over it, but removed it for Dumb and Dumber as the damaged tooth fit the character.
  • Type Casting

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