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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).