Trivia / Jim Carrey

  • The Cast Showoff: 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 Once Bitten, The Mask, The Cable Guy, Man on the Moon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and Yes-Man.
  • Creator Backlash: Despite being his Star-Making Role, Jim Carrey does not like Ace Ventura. Carrey was displeased with the sequel, causing him to swear off ever doing a sequel for any of his characters (though he has since done the Dumb and Dumber sequel Dumb And Dumber To and was interested in reprising his role as Count Olaf in the sadly now-cancelled sequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events). This had a lasting impact on his career as well since this role is seen as the reason why he's yet to get nominated for an Oscar.
  • 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.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: If the movie he's in is lousy, expect him to be the only good thing about it.
  • 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.
  • One of Us: Not surprisingly, he adores cartoons, which is one of the reasons he agreed to star in The Mask.
  • Playing Against Type: He played a variety of both comic and serious roles prior to becoming an A-lister and thus identified only with comedies. The Majestic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Number 23 are his most deliberate attempts to play against type since then.
  • Playing with Character Type: The Cable Guy and The Truman Show played his over-the-top, zany persona for, respectively, Black Comedy and drama.
  • 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?
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: After establishing himself as a goofy Large Ham, many were surprised when his more dramatic work came out.
  • Type Casting
  • What Could Have Been: 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 obscuritynote , it was probably a good thing he wasn't picked. Carrey tried again for the 1985-1986 seasonnote , and, once again, was passed over. Had Carrey been picked for the 1985-1986 season, he probably would have had more of a chance to shine (even going so far as playing then-President Ronald Reagan) and either would have joined the new Golden Age cast in 1986 or be a very entertaining one-season wonder)...or maybe not. On David Letterman's show, Carrey recalled that when he went to audition for Saturday Night Live, there was a man outside one of the high windows of the NBC building preparing to jump and kill himself. He considered this a bad omen and decided not to go through with it. Clips of his audition tape (for when he auditioned for the 1985-1986 season) have appeared on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special in a montage of audition tapes of past and present cast members (and some now-famous people who auditioned for the show and didn't make it, like Carrey, Andy Kaufman, and Kevin Hart).

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