Trivia: Jim Carrey

  • 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). This had an arguably 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).