Jim Carrey explains his bizarre behaviour during recent interviews
At his prime, we knew Jim Carrey as the rubber-faced, manic comedian who was the lifeblood of classic comedies like Liar Liar, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and the Cable Guy. Those who have paid extra attention to his filmography, though, will have noticed that alongside his hilarity, Jim Carrey has starred in some pretty weird and psychological movies as well, and that he's got a bit of a sombre, sensitive side.
After appearing in films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the Number 23 and The Truman Show, it might come as no surprise that Jim Carrey can be serious and thoughtful from time to time, and his recent spate of interviews have shown that infrequently-seen side to the Canadian-American comedian.
Most notably, Jim Carrey conducted a strange interview with E! News' Catt Sadler at this year's New York Fashion Week, declaring that "we don't matter", and that "there's no meaning to any of this" before breaking out into an James Brown impression midway through the interview.
It's pretty hard to try to explain, but Carrey himself had a decent fist at doing so at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he was promoting his documentary Jim and Andy, where Carrey discusses his role as Andy Kaufman in the 1999 biopic Man on the Moon.
It was his first public appearance since his infamous interview in New York, and he elaborated on his nihilistic tone that day... with some more intriguing soundbites.
"There is no me. There are just things happening. Here’s the thing. It’s not our world. We don’t matter. There’s the good news. As an actor you play characters, and if you go deep enough into those characters, you realize your own character is pretty thin to begin with. You suddenly have this separation and go, 'Who’s Jim Carrey? Oh, he doesn’t exist actually.'
"There’s just a relative manifestation of consciousness appearing, and someone gave him a name, a religion, a nationality, and he clustered those together into something that’s supposed to be a personality, and it doesn’t actually exist. None of that stuff, if you drill down, is real."
On the surface, it sounds as nihilistic as his appearance at NYFW, but beside the concept that Jim Carrey does not actually exist in our world, it could be interpreted as the 55-year-old growing disillusioned with his life as a famous actor after so many years in the business, and as Carrey continued talking, this became even more apparent.
"I believe I got famous so I could let go of fame, and it’s still happening, but not with me. I’m not a part of it anymore. Dressing happens, doing hair happens, interviewing happens, but it happens without me, without the idea of a ‘me.’ You know what I’m saying? It’s a weird little semantic jump, and it’s not that far, but it’s a universe apart from where most people are."
In recent times, Jim Carrey has stepped away from in front of the camera, and with his last notable release being 2014's poorly-received Dumb and Dumber To, the revelation that Carrey is unhappy as an actor may not come as a surprise. Still, the nature of his outbursts are still quite worrying to movie fans from his 90s heyday.