Who is Jim Carrey : 10 things you didn’t know about Jim Carrey
About Jim Carrey:
James Eugene Carrey is a Canadian-American artist, actor, comedian and a writer. Jim Carrey is famous for his energetic slapstick performances. He first gained recognition in America in 1990 after landing a recurring role in the sketch comedy television series In Living Color.
10 things you didn’t know about Jim Carrey:
1. Jim Carrey’s father lost his job when Jim was only 12 years old.
An event the actor would later describe as a traumatic kick in the guts because the family was unable to pay the mortgage they had to live in a camper van for a while. While his parents as well as the children worked as security guards and janitors, Jim used to work 8-hour shifts after school which affected both his morale and his grades. Going from being a straight-A’s to a student getting bad grades and not wanting to have friends anymore.
They eventually managed to get back on track but having to work so hard at such an early age is probably something that not many of us can relate.
2. Jim Carrey started out as a comedian who gave stand up shows.
Carrey was only 15 when he made his professional debut as a stand-up comedian in a Toronto Club. Guess what, he got booed off stage. Which gave him doubts about his capabilities as a professional entertainer.
However, after his family managed to solvethe financial problems they had, Jim found the strength and support to put together a better more carefully polished act. He then gave it another shot and this time the public immediately fell under his spell.
By 1979 he was able to make a living as a comedian and making a name for himself. Especially because of his racing energy level, frenetic improvisation and of course his technically brilliant mimic.
3. Carry’s movie breakout was : Ace Ventura pet detective (1994)
Carrey moved to Hollywood when he was 19 years old and started getting small parts and not so important productions. His real breakout though was Ace Ventura Pet Detective, the American comedy film directed by Tom Shadyac.
In spite of receiving mixed reviews from critics, the movie was a box office success grossing 107 million dollars worldwide from a 12 million dollar budget.
But one could say 1994 definitely was Carrey’s year. As he also got lead roles in the mask, as well as dumb and dumber in the last, being a commercial success, that grossed over 270 million dollars worldwide. And so it began…
4. Jim Carrey is worth no less than 150 million dollars.
Jim Carrey is one of the Hollywood actors who made history in terms of how well they were paid at some point in their career. To be more specific, he earned 20 million dollars for his 1996 film: The Cable Guy. And as surprised as your luxurious self might be, that was a lot of money back then. Still is by the way.
He lives in a house situated at the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and owns a 7,000 square foot duplex penthouse which is located in Manhattan, New York. This upscale apartment cost Carrey 13.5 million dollars. He also has a car collection and a private jet.
5. He struggles with depression.
It’s not his wallet that makes Carrey sad, but this doesn’t make depression easier to bear. Not even when you’re the always happy extraordinarily funny and talented comedian on the surface. Whether it was due to his teenage struggles or because of stress combined with ADHD, the disease got so serious that eventually he had to be medicated.
He took Prozac for a long time before eventually deciding to no longer take medications or stimulants of any kind, including coffee.
In 2009 he decided he had nothing to lose. So he finally opened up about the horrible battle he’s fighting on and off.
6. Carrey was married twice and has one daughter
The first woman to steal Carrey’s heart was former actress Melissa Wormer and the two got married March 28 1987. They have a daughter together: Jane Erin Carrey, who was born September 6, 1987. And she became known to the public in 2012, as she became a contestant on American Idol.
However, Jim and Melissa divorced in 1995. Carrey then fell in love with his Dumb and Dumber co-star, Lauren Holly whom he married in 1996. But the fairy tale only lasted for a year.
He also dated Jenny McCarthy, from 2005 to 2010. And they remained good friends even after the relationship ended.
7. Jim Carrey was the director’s first choice to portray Captain Jack Sparrow
It seems the role of good old Captain Jack Sparrow was initially offered to Jim Carrey, not the handsome Johnny Depp. Jim Carrey turned it down because Pirates of the Caribbean, the curse of the Black Pearl production schedule would have overlapped with the filming of Bruce Almighty.
And this is how we ended up with Johnny Depp to play the legendary role of the drunken pirate in history. But it’s also a well-known fact that Carrey is not a big fan of franchise movies, so in the end it all turned out to be a win-win.
8. He’s the only one Christmas lover that had to steal Christmas on several occasions.
One thing we know for sure about Jim Carrey is he’s a man of simple pleasures. He’s a huge fan of classic cartoons. He likes Johnny Bravo and death metal.
And we know for a fact he loves Christmas. Paradoxically though he’s the mastermind behind the impersonation of two of the most famous Christmas antagonists in cinema history. The Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge, have both been played by Jim.
9. He started painting because he needed color.
The recent documentary ‘I needed color’, reveals Jim Carrey’s newest hobby. It seems that his way of getting away from the darkness within is through painting. His new passion has its roots in this childhood, when Carrey used to do a lot of sketching. And the therapy he uses to heal in his own words a broken heart the documentary is honest and authentic and you can see on Carrey’s face the deep solitude he’s currently facing no matter how many of his works surround him.
10. Jim Carrey is spiritual but does not believe in organized religion.
Raised a Catholic and having dabbled in Presbyterianism, later in life, Jim Carrey seems now more than ever willing to exploit his spirituality. He’s always been vocal about his relationship with God. But also never may a chance to express his distrust of organized religions, calling for their end. He once tweeted that he thought organized religion was quote fading and changing the Pope was a corporate maneuver.
When he was asked whether he was a Buddhist, Carrey answered by saying:
“I’m a Buddhist I’m a Christian I’m a Muslim and whatever you want me to be it all comes down to the same thing”