Everyone is worried about Jim Carrey after bizarre interview
Imagine you're working on the red carpet for a big event. Celebrities, models, and industry giants are walking around you, and you've got to catch them as they pass by for a quick interview. There's probably a list of questions you cycle through, making some minor changes depending on who it is you're talking to. But when the person on the red carpet is Jim Carrey, you can throw all that planning out of the window.
Carrey turned up at a red carpet event for New York Fashion Week a few days ago, and one of these interviewers approached him to ask a few questions. He's not the sort of actor you would expect to find at this kind of event, but E! News' Catty Sadler ran with it, not put off by the fact the interview began with him spinning around and circling her. I mean, you expect at least a little weirdness from Carrey after all.
The event was the Harper's Bazaar Party, which this year was meant to be celebrating icons. Sadler starts off by asking what was going on, or whether he needed a date to the event. He responds cordially enough, insisting that he's fine, but then things take a surprising turn. "There's no meaning to any of this," he says out of the blue, and things only get stranger from there...
Carrey has had fame and fortune from his stand-up, impressions, and movie roles. His films have shown his talents in comedy and drama, but have always leaned towards the sillier, zanier side of things. But this interview is a whole new kind of weird, the kind that suggests Carrey may have reached the parts of a celebrity's career when they become increasingly outspoken and odd.
"There's no meaning to any of this. I wanted to find the most meaningless thing that I could come to and join and here I am. You've got to admit it's pretty meaningless?"
Likely reeling from an unexpected response, she tells him that the purpose of the event is to celebrate icons, which sets him off on a new one:
"Celebrating icons, boy! That is just the absolute lowest-aiming possibility that we could come up with. Icons... do you believe in icons? I don't believe in personalities. I don't believe that you exist, but there is a wonderful fragrance to the air."
When she asks him whether he thinks icons have the ability to change the world or otherwise inspire others – pointing out he has a similar role as an artist – he briefly launches into some strange impressions, including what sounded like his famous Elvis impersonation.
"I don't believe in icons. I don't believe in personalities. I believe that peace lies beyond personalities, beyond invention and disguise, beyond the red 'S' you wear on your chest that makes bullets bounce off. I believe that it's deeper than that, I believe we're a field of energy dancing for itself, and err... I don't care."
Many commenters on this debate seem to think this is a much-needed takedown of the fashion industry, but to me it looks like he turned up at whatever glamorous event was scheduled that night. He signs off by saying, "We don't matter – there's the good news," and disappears off camera.
If you want to get a better idea of the mindset that Carrey is in at the moment, as well as the work he's been doing outside of Hollywood, you should check out the stunning artwork he is creating.