Jim Carrey's makeup artist 'had to go to therapy' because of the way he behaved while filming 'The Grinch'
Jim Carrey is known for being a fairly intense character, both on and off the camera. While the actor is no way near as expressive and demonstrative as the characters that he often portrays in his movies - it would be physically impossible to be like that all of the time - his enthusiastic and feverish manner is well noted. However, while Carrey's character can be endearing and appealing, it can also have the reverse effect.
A makeup artist, who worked with Carrey on the classic Christmas movie, The Grinch, has revealed that the actor's behaviour and volatile nature led to him having to spend some time in therapy.
Kazuhiro Tsuji is one of the most recognised and celebrated makeup artists in the world of film. He has been nominated for three academy awards, including at this year's Oscars for his work with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in the movie Darkest Hour.
Tsuji's credits also include other major works, such as The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Men In Black and Hellboy. However, it was his work with Carrey on The Grinch, that had the most lasting impression on the artist.
Speaking to vulture.com, Tsuji said: "In the makeup trailer he (Carrey) just suddenly stands up and looks in the mirror, and pointing on his chin, he goes, 'This colour is different from what you did yesterday'. I was using the same colour I used yesterday. He says, 'Fix it'. And okay, you know, I 'fixed' it. Every day was like that.
"On set, [Carrey] was really mean to everybody and at the beginning of the production, they couldn't finish. After two weeks we only could finish three days' worth of shooting schedule, because suddenly he would just disappear and when he came back, everything was ripped apart. We couldn't shoot anything."
According to Tsuji, the producers of the film told him to pretend that he had quit in order to get Carrey to appreciate the work that he was doing and his expertise as a makeup artist. Taking them up on their word, Tsuji spent a week away from work and ignored the calls from Carey. Eventually, director Ron Howard stepped in and the Japanese maestro decided to return to work.
"I went back under one condition," he said. "I was talking with my friends, and they all told me, 'You should ask for a raise before you go back'. I didn't want to do that - kind of nasty. Then I got the idea: How about I ask them to help me to get a green card?"
"I'm really an introvert," he added after stating that he had to undergo therapy due to his experiences of working with Carrey. "I don't like to be in many groups of people, or work under those conditions."
Carrey did eventually calm down and the film went on to be hugely successful. However, despite the popularity of the movie, Tsuji claims that he was turned off films.
"If I had a choice, I would not be in this mental state all the time," he concluded.
So, it seems that Carrey wasn't just a Grinch on camera, he was also a Grinch by nature. Hopefully, the actor has seen the error of his ways.