‘The Truman Show’, ‘The Mask’ or ‘Dumb and Dumber’ are just some of the great comedy movies that Jim Carrey has given us throughout his career in Hollywood. One of the great faces of the 90s who shone for his charisma and his hooligan tone, which has marked an entire generation and which we have not enjoyed on the big screen for a long time. What happened to him?
the race of 61 year old actor begins after becoming famous as part of the comedy sketch show ‘Living in Colour’. In 1994 he swept as the protagonist of ‘Ace Ventura’ and soon established himself as one of the most contagious smiles in cinema thanks to ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and ‘The Mask’.
He soon began to give life to other roles that marked his career such as ‘Batman Forever’ in 1995. Although, without a doubt, the almost “cult” film that will make him part of the annals of cinema history is ‘The Truman Show’ in 1998. A career that seemed impossible to stop thanks to other films such as ‘Compulsive Liar’, ‘Like God’ or ‘Man on the Moon’. However soon some problems start to appear that put an end to their inexhaustible energy.
Depression and mental health problems
Jim Carrey’s work begins to decline and not because of a lack of offers but because of the many problems that begin to accumulate. The Canadian deals with depression and mental health issues: “People need motivation to do anything. I don’t think human beings learn anything without despair. Despair is a necessary ingredient in learning something or creating something. Spot. If you’re not desperate at some point, you’re not interesting,” he commented in an interview in 2009.
“It may have helped me out of a bind for a while, but people stick with it forever. I had to give it up at one point because I realized that, you know, it’s just fine. There are peaks, there are valleys. But they are all carved and smoothed out, and it feels like a low level of despair that you live in. You don’t get any answers, but you live well,” he continued.
moves away from hollywood
It seems incredible that someone with the aspiration of “to be the greatest actor that ever lived”, just a few years later, just want to retire. In an interview granted in 2018 to the newspaper ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, Jim Carrey himself confessed to having lost his passion for work and be very disappointed in the movie industry. In addition to not highlighting any of his works between 2015 and 2018, to this we must also add in 2015 the death of his wife, Cathriona White, from an autolytic overdose.
As if that were not enough, Carrey feels his career is stagnant in the same type of comedy, as he confessed to the newspaper ‘Acces Hollywood’: “Im leaving. Yes probably. I’m being quite serious. Really I like my quiet life and I enjoy putting paint on canvas, I love my spiritual life and I feel -and this is something you may never hear any other celebrity say- that I have enough. I’ve done enough,” she would say.
Of course, it has left the door open to some specific projects such as the Showtime series ‘Kidding’ or the role of the villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik in the film that served as the common thread to all the ‘Sonic’ video games: “If the angels they bring me some script written in gold ink to tell me that it is going to be very important for people to see it, I could continue on the path, but I’ll take a break“, he shared with the aforementioned medium.
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