Jim Carrey reveals details of his struggles with depression in personal interview
Jim Carrey was once the highest paid actor in the world, with the star earning a reported $20 million per movie. But in recent times, he has taken a step away from the limelight and seems to have gone quiet. While his zany and often ridiculous approach to comedy won him plenty of plaudits and recognition throughout his career, Carrey has revealed the burden that fame has had on his mental health.
Currently in the midst of an ongoing legal battle surrounding the suicide of an ex-girlfriend, Carrey has re-entered the public's gaze with his new documentary, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. Way back in 2000, Carrey won his second Golden Globe for his portrayal of Andy Kaufman in Miloš Forman's Man on the Moon. He stayed in character throughout the entire production process and the new documentary features behind-the-scenes footage from the production.
However, despite the critical acclaim and adulation, Carrey has revealed that he has spent his entire career battling some pretty dark demons. Speaking to i-Magazine, the star revealed that he is starting to overcome the illness and that he is "sometimes happy".
“At this point, I don’t have depression. There is not an experience of depression. I had that for years, but now, when the rain comes, it rains, but it doesn’t stay. It doesn’t stay long enough to immerse me and drown me anymore.”
Despite being one of the most recognizable faces in the world, the Canadian star says that he is not bothered about the legacy that he'll leave behind once he is gone.
“I’m free of the business. I’m not the business. I don’t care what people think of me after I die. All I want is for people to think of me as a good energy here, a nice fragrance that has been left behind.”
The actor also says that he has no regrets in regards to his career, which spanned decades and saw him reach the top of the A-list.
"I’m perfectly fine with everything that has happened, even the horrible shit you know, in life and in art. There is a lot of satisfaction about looking back at those things.”
Despite the fact that he is content with where he currently is, Carrey says that he still has clouds lingering over him, explaining;
"What’s happening is really good, but there is some really bad in there too. Some people have come at me in the last couple of years with the intent of breaking off a piece of the Holy Grail for themselves, but the Grail isn’t a thing that you can break off.
“So they’re going to learn that the hard way. It’s not pleasant.”
The actor has now taken to painting, which he says that he approaches in the same way he used to approach his acting.
"Everything I do risks the total destruction of the piece," he explained. "I’m often going, 'God damn it, if this doesn’t work, I’ve put so much effort into this painting.' But if you don’t do it, you’ll never reach some sublime thing, you know something that will really touch someone. Those are always the risks that go to the edge of destroying something you really care about."
Well done to Carrey about being open with his ongoing battles with depression, something many of us experience. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond is now streaming on Netflix.