Why Jim Carrey Isn’t In Movies Anymore

Jim Carrey is one of the biggest movie stars in the world, but he’s not nearly as popular today as he was back in the 1990s. Many in Hollywood experience varying levels of fame throughout their careers, especially when they last a long time. Some become overwhelmed by their newfound celebrity and choose to step away from the spotlight, while others try desperately to maintain. So what exactly happened to Jim Carrey?…

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At the end of the 20th century, it seemed like he could do no wrong, with hit after hit elevating his popularity in ways that had almost never been seen before. People typically disagree with each other about movies and actors, but Carrey almost transcended that judgement, even when viewers weren’t fans of the films he was in. Despite the critical reception of his projects, almost no one denied his talent…

After a string of beloved comedies, Carrey started stretching his legs in dramas and experimental movies. Some of these did well, while others missed the mark. This kind of rebranding can often derail a celebrity’s stardom, but it would take much more for this to happen to him. Read ahead to learn the shocking truth…

A Difficult Childhood

From an early age, Carrey was destined for comedy stardom, but his childhood was filled with challenges. He was born in the Toronto suburb of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, to Kathleen, a homemaker, and Percy, a musician and accountant. He has three older siblings: John, Patricia, and Rita. His mother was of French, Irish, and Scottish descent and his father was of French-Canadian ancestry.

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The Carreys lived in Burlington, where young Jim attended Aldershot High School. But his life at home was different from many of the other students. By the age of 12, his family became homeless as a result of his father losing his job. They lived in a van and even Jim had to start working in his free time. He says that this is where he truly established his comedic abilities

He definitely developed a passion for making people laugh with his family, who suffered a great deal throughout his adolescence. As a boy, Carrey wrote a letter to Carol Burnett pointing out that he was already a master of impressions and should be considered for a role on her show; he was overjoyed when he received a form letter reply. This was all he needed to keep going…

Percy

His family’s experience with homelessness tested their resolve and love for each other. Jim credits his father with teaching him how to be funny in the face of adversity. For a lot of comedians, the obstacles they have to overcome throughout their lives are the driving forces behind their creativity, and it makes sense that Carrey would rise above the rest.

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In a Hamilton Spectator interview, Carrey said, “If my career in show business hadn’t panned out I would probably be working today in Hamilton, Ontario, at the Dofasco steel mill.” When looking across the Burlington Bay toward Hamilton, he could see the mills and thought, “Those were where the great jobs were.” With this in mind, he began pursuing a career in entertainment.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on February 17, 1997, he revealed that as a struggling actor he would use visualization techniques to get work. He also stated that he visualized a $10,000,000 check given to him for “acting services rendered”, placed the check in his pocket, and seven years later received a $10,000,000 check for his role in Dumb and Dumber. But first…

Bright Future

As a student, his teacher allowed him perform for the class at the end of the day if had behaved himself. He said that he even wore tap shoes in his sleep just in case his parents needed cheering up throughout the night. At 15, wearing a yellow suit his mom sewed, he tried stand up comedy at Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s club. Apparently, it was so bad that he actually questioned his future in the business…

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He’d been through so much at such a young age, it would take a lot more than a bomb to stop him. The next year, he dropped out of high school to spend more time working on his comedy. While Carrey was struggling to obtain work and make a name for himself, his father tried to help the young comedian as much as he could.

The family’s financial struggles made it a lot harder than many aspiring entertainers, but they also gave him a sense of determination and perseverance that would play a huge role in his eventual success. Thankfully, the Carrey’s money problems were resolved, and with more domestic stability, Carrey was able to focus more energy on his stand up…

Stand Up Comedy

Carrey, along with his super supportive father, reworked his approach and returned to the stage with a more polished act. In a short period of time, he went from open-mic nights to regular paid shows, building his reputation in the process. A reviewer in the Toronto Star raved that Carrey was “a genuine star coming to life”. It was only a matter of time until…

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He was soon noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who signed the young comic to open his tour performances. This was Jim’s first exposure to America and he was finally that much closer to achieving his dreams of stardom. Dangerfield eventually brought Carrey to Las Vegas, and in no time, Carrey soon decided to move to Hollywood…

Carrey began performing at The Comedy Store and, in 1982, appeared on the televised stand-up show An Evening at the Improv. The following year, he debuted his act on The Tonight Show. Despite his increasing popularity as a stand-up comic, Carrey turned his attention to the film and television industries, auditioning to be a cast member for the 1980–81 season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. But sadly…

Master Impressionist

Given his ability to turn himself into any and every celebrity you could imagine, it seemed like a no brainer that he would be welcomed into the cast of SNL with open arms. But he was not selected for the position, although he later hosted the show in May 1996, January 2011, and October 2014. In 1984, Carrey was in the short-lived sitcom The Duck Factory…

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The Duck Factory was co-created by Allan Burns and produced by MTM Enterprises and was Jim’s first lead role in a Hollywood production. The premiere episode introduces Skip Tarkenton, played by Carrey, a somewhat naive and optimistic young man who has come to Hollywood looking for a job as a cartoonist. Sound familiar?

The show debuted on April 12, 1984 and lasted 13 episodes. While it didn’t end up being the vehicle he’d hoped it would be, it gave him enough experience and exposure to solidify his desire to move forward and know he could absolutely achieve success. With a starring role under his belt, he continued performing and auditioning. Soon he would be grateful The Duck Factory didn’t last…

In Living Color

From 1990 to 1994, Carrey was a regular cast member of the ensemble comedy television series In Living Color, a sketch show that originally ran on Fox from April 15, 1990 to May 19, 1994. Keenen Ivory Wayans created, wrote and starred in the program, which was taped at stage 7 at the Fox Television Center on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

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While Carrey had been rejected by SNL, In Living Color saw his potential. The show also launched the careers of Jennifer Lopez, Rosie Perez, Jamie Foxx, David Allen Greer, Tommy Davidson and the entire Wayans family. This is where Jim began finally putting all of his impressions to good use. Some of his sketches were so memorable they’re still talked about today…

His most famous creation was Fire Marshall Bill, an insane character who continuously blows and burns himself up. Grandpa Jack McGee was an incredibly dysfunctional family member who couldn’t have been more different than Bill, and other characters like The Background Guy, Vera De Milo, and Jay Kordich showed his range and would lay the foundation for the performances he would give in his first few films…

Ace Ventura

1994 was a break-out year for Carrey. While it was his last season on In Living Color, it also saw him finally blow up on the big screen. Throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, he was in a number of movies, but none of them caught on. In 1981, he starred in Rubberface, and before his time on In Living Color…

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Carrey had roles in movies like All in Good Taste, Copper Mountain, Finders Keepers, Once Bitten, The Dead Pool, Pink Cadillac, High Strung and Doing Time on Maple Drive. While all of those were flops, he also appeared in bigger films like Peggy Sue Got Married and Earth Girls Are Easy, which both came before his years on In Living Color.

Finally, in 1994, he got his big break in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, a movie where a goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins. It was produced for $15 million and made over $100 million, showing the industry that Carrey could bring in a lot of money at the box office…

The Mask

Next came The Mask, which premiered just months after Ace Ventura. While the two are similar in many ways, especially when it comes to Carrey’s over the top performances, they were different enough to show his range. The Mask is a dark fantasy superhero film that was based on the comic series of the same name.

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The Mask revolves around Stanley Ipkiss, an unfortunate bank clerk who finds a magical mask that transforms him into a green-faced superhero. It also launched the career of Cameron Diaz, who played Carrey’s love interest in her starring role on the big screen. The Mask established her long-term potential as a leading lady. But how did it do at the box office?

It was produced for just $23 million, not much more than Ace Ventura, and made over $350 million worldwide. This was more than triple the success of his previous hit. Beyond the money, Carrey was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role, and the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. And this wasn’t even his final success of 1994…

Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber tells the story of Lloyd Christmas, played by Carrey, and Harry Dunne, played by Jeff Daniels, two unintelligent but well-meaning friends from Providence, Rhode Island who set out on a cross-country trip to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase full of money to its owner, thinking it was abandoned as a mistake but was actually left as ransom money.

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The Farrelly Brothers film didn’t make as much money as The Mask, but it showcased a different side of Carrey. Dumb and Dumber has also developed a cult following in the years since its release. It helped launched the careers of its directors, who went on the make Kingpin, There’s Something About Mary and Shallow Hal. When it came to Carrey…

Dumb and Dumber was his third box office hit of 1994. This is a difficult thing to achieve for any actor, let alone one who has never starred in any big Hollywood productions. His success made him rich, something he visualized as a young man, and a massive worldwide celebrity. Everyone was about to get to know Jim Carrey, but this isn’t always necessarily a good thing…

Personal Life

With his newfound superstardom, Jim Carrey became a household name, and soon all of his fans would know much more about him than just his on-screen persona. And people would also learn about other figures in Carrey’s life. It was revealed that he had been married since March 28, 1987, and he also had a kid…

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His first marriage was to former actress and Comedy Store waitress Melissa Womer. She grew up in New York in a dysfunctional family. After college, she moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in entertainment. This is where she met Jim. Their daughter, Jane Erin Carrey, was born September 6, 1987. When Jane was 7-years-old, Jim and Mellisa split up.

A year later, on September 23, 1996, Carrey married his Dumb and Dumber co-star Lauren Holly. This would begin a trend of dating actresses that has followed him throughout his career. His second marriage to Holly, seen above, lasted less than a year. As beloved as Carrey was by his fans, his inability to make a marriage last showed them another side of their idol…

Batman Forever

In 1995, Carrey co-starred in the Joel Schumacher-directed superhero film Batman Forever, in which Batman tries to stop Two-Face and Carrey’s Riddler in their villainous scheme to drain information from all the brains in Gotham City. This was a huge step for Carrey, who had only been in comedies throughout his entire career up to this point, but unfortunately…

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The feature received poor reviews, with most criticism aimed at the movie’s “blatant commercialism”, as characterized by the legendary critic Peter Travers. It has since been revealed that co-star Tommy Lee Jones couldn’t stand Carrey, even telling him that, “I hate you. I really don’t like you. I cannot sanction your buffoonery.” Maybe Jim wasn’t actually as lovable as everyone thought…

In that same year, Carrey reprised his role as Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Like the original film, it was well received by the public, but heavily criticized by critics. It was a huge box-office success, earning $212 million worldwide in addition to breaking records, with a $40 million opening weekend. But was all of this success happening too fast?…

The Cable Guy

What came next for Carrey was definitely a big turning point, but not necessarily in a good way. Carrey earned $20 million for his next film, a milestone for any actor. The Cable Guy, directed by Ben Stiller, was a satirical black comedy in which Carrey played a lonely, menacing cable TV installer who infiltrates the life of one of his customers, played by Matthew Broderick.

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Fans were really excited to see Carrey back in a comedy, however, the role was a departure from the characters he had been known for. It did not fare well with most critics, many reacting to Carrey’s change of tone from previous films. Despite the reviews, The Cable Guy grossed $102 million worldwide.

He soon bounced back in 1997 with the critically acclaimed comedy Liar Liar, playing Fletcher Reede, a successful lawyer who has built his career on lying. It was a huge hit, and Carrey was praised for his performance, earning a second Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor. After a brief misstep, it seemed like he was back on track…

The Truman Show

Moving forward, he would combine many of the qualities from his wide range of characters into a performance that would truly put him on the map with more than just his comedy fans. The year after his up-and-down 1987 he decided to take a pay cut to play the serious role of Truman Burbank in the satirical comedy-drama film The Truman Show.

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The film was highly praised and brought Carrey further international acclaim, leading many to believe he would be nominated for an Oscar. While he didn’t end up getting the nod, just being included in the conversation was huge for Carrey. And this wasn’t the only thing that came a result of The Truman Show…

Eventually, he won his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. The Truman Show was also a commercial success, earning $264 million worldwide against a budget of $60 million. Making this kind of transition is almost impossible, but Carrey pulled it off and continued down this difficult and impressive path. Unfortunately, this led many to scrutinize his private life even more…

Character Actor

Carrey was on top of the world, and after a few rough moments he seemed to be back in the favor of fans and critics alike. He showed the world that he could play any part in any movie in a way no one else could. The end of the ’90s saw him at his peak, but sadly, he couldn’t have known that it would be all downhill from there…

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On of his most epic moments came off-screen during his appearance at the 1999 MTV Movie Awards where he was nominated for Best Male Performance. When he arrived, no one even recognized him. In the crazy costume seen above, Carrey sat patiently through the whole ceremony, waiting for his moment to completely steal the show…

After being shut out of the Oscars, he was ready to display what he capable of. His hippy biker was the highlight of the night, and while he clearly had a great time disappearing into the character, he wasn’t as easy to deal with behind the scenes. According to reports, he refused to break the facade, and this would signal another truly dark turn for Jim Carrey…

Man on the Moon

In 1999, Carrey landed the lead role in Man on the Moon about the life and career of enigmatic comedian Andy Kaufman. His performance was met with critical acclaim and he won his second Golden Globe in a row. In addition, he received his first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Actor. But yet again, he was snubbed by the Academy Awards. Why?

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Many believe the Oscars refused to acknowledge his dramatic roles because of his extremely comedic introduction into the mainstream. As successful as his first few films were, none of them were well received by the critics, no matter how much money they made. This type of bad first impression can last a lifetime, and surely played a part in how he approached his projects.

That same year, Carrey appeared as a fictionalized version of himself on the final episode of Garry Shandling’s The Larry Sanders Show, in which he deliberately ripped into Shandling’s character. This led to Man on the Moon, which showed him at his dramatic peak, but it would be over a decade before the truth behind this performance was revealed…

The Grinch

In the year 2000, Carrey would reach another milestone that came as a result of him returning to the family-friendly comedy genre. He starred as the title character in the second highest-grossing Christmas film of all time, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, based on the famous Dr. Seuss story. He once again received both praise and criticism from critics alongside a Golden Globe nomination.

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The film was shot between September 1999 and January 2000. Dr. Seuss’ wife, Audrey, visited the set in October 1999. Much of the Whoville set was constructed on the backlot of Universal Studios behind the Bates Motel. During a break in filming, Jim Carrey scared tourists on the Studio Tour by running out of the motel in a dress and brandishing a knife.

His makeup took an excruciating 4 hours to apply. At one point, he got so upset he kicked a hole in the wall of his trailer, wanting to quit the film. The production brought in a CIA operative who instructed agents how to endure extreme torture techniques to coach Carrey to remain calm during the process, during which became a Zen Master. But…

Renée Zellweger

Early that year, Carrey reteamed with Dumb and Dumber directors the Farrelly brothers for the black comedy film Me, Myself & Irene. Like many of his big comedies, it received mixed reviews, but enjoyed box office success. This would thrust Carrey back into the scrutiny of the spotlight, but not because of what happens on screen…

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In Me, Myself & Irene, Carrey played the role of state trooper Charlie Baileygates, who has multiple personalities and romances a woman portrayed by Renée Zellweger. During filming throughout the previous year, he had a much-publicized, short-lived romance with Zellweger, to whom he was engaged from 1999 to 2000. Yet again, his private life became a subject of spectacle for the world to see.

Both of the stars were incredibly famous at the time of their engagement, making it much harder to keep everything private. According to reports, Jim called things off because Renée tried to force him into a wedding date. After a brutal fight, fueled by Jim’s apparent mental illness, he went on a vacation they planned alone. This is when fans got to really see his dark side…

Bruce Almighty

Before the very public meltdown, Carrey had filmed another non-comedy called The Majestic, a romantic period drama directed and produced by Frank Darabont. Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son. But it wasn’t well received by fans and critics. So then…

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After a a two year break, the longest he’d ever been out of the spotlight and off of the big screen, he made his triumphant return in 2003’s Bruce Almighty alongside Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman. It brought him back together with Tom Shadyac, who had previously directed him in his breakout hit Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Liar Liar.

In it, Carrey played a TV newsman who unexpectedly receives God’s omnipotent abilities when the deity decides to take a vacation. The film received mixed reviews, but still became a financial success, earning almost $500 million. Bruce Almighty is the seventeenth highest-grossing live action comedy of all time, showing that Carrey’s sweet spot in comedy. But then he took another daring turn…

Eternal Sunshine

The next year, 2004, he starred in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a film that received overwhelming acclaim upon release. It remains arguably his finest dramatic work. Critics highly praised Carrey’s portrayal of Joel Barish, in addition to the performance of his co-star Kate Winslet, who received an Oscar nomination. Sadly, Carrey was yet again snubbed by the Academy.

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According to CNN’s reviewer Paul Clinton, Carrey’s performance was the actor’s “best, most mature and sharply focused performance ever.” Despite being ignored by the Oscars, Carrey received another Golden Globe nomination and his first BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor. To this day, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, along with the aforementioned The Truman Show, are by far his best reviewed films.

Carrey’s next appearance was in the 2004 black comedy fantasy film Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which was based on the popular children’s novels of the same name. The film was positively received, and drew some general comparisons to his previous role in another kids film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. But what happened next changed everything…

Jenny McCarthy

Carrey met model and actress Jenny McCarthy in 2005 and made their relationship public in June 2006. During that time, he starred in Fun with Dick and Jane. Like many of his films, it did well at the box office, but was planned by critics, receiving some of the worst reviews of his career up until that point. But things were about to get worse…

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McCarthy went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 2, 2008 to announce that she and Carrey were living together but had no plans to marry, as they did not need a “piece of paper.” Carrey almost made a mock proposal to McCarthy for Ellen’s Twelve Days of Holidays, but it didn’t end up happening. The couple was together for five years, almost as long as his first marriage, but…

While his previous romances thrust him into the public eye as a subject of scrutiny for celebrity gossip hounds and paparazzi, his time with McCarthy had much less drama. Unfortunately, this was only in regard to the details of their actual love life. Something else the couple shared would take all the attention away from their relationship…

Anti-Vax

In May 2007, McCarthy announced that her son Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005. Evan’s disorder began with seizures and his improvement occurred after the seizures were treated, which symptoms experts have noted are more consistent with Landau–Kleffner syndrome, often misdiagnosed as autism. But McCarthy has denied that her son was misdiagnosed. She instead…

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McCarthy has written books about parenting and has become an activist promoting research into environmental causes and alternative medical treatments for autism. She has promoted the idea that vaccines cause autism, but this claim is unsupported by medical consensus. McCarthy has been described as “the nation’s most prominent purveyor of anti-vaxxer ideology.” So how does Carrey fit into all of this?

He believes the MMR vaccine causes autism, a claim that has caused a lot of controversy and pushback. Carrey and McCarthy led a “Green Our Vaccines” march in Washington, D.C., to advocate for the removal of toxic substances from children’s vaccines, out of a belief that children had received “too many vaccines, too soon, many of which are toxic”. This position continues to hurt his reputation, and that’s not all…

The Number 23

In 2007, Carrey reunited with Joel Schumacher, director of Batman Forever, for The Number 23, a psychological thriller in which he plays a man who becomes obsessed with the number 23 after finding a book about a man with the same obsession. It completely bombed. It is still his second lowest rated film, stick around to find out which one was worse…

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Rotten Tomatoes gave The Number 23 an 8%, saying “Jim Carrey has been sharp in a number of non-comedic roles, but this lurid, overheated, and self-serious potboiler is not one of them. The Number 23 is clumsy, unengaging, and mostly confusing.” After this, he only had one choice to get his career back on track, and it was a move he’d used previously…

Carrey lent his voice to Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, which was a big hit with critics and audiences. 2008’s Yes Man was as successful, but was a return to form for Carrey. He then took another successful dramatic turn in I Love You Phillip Morris, as well as another role in a kids movie, A Christmas Carol. But this success was short-lived…

Colonel Stars and Stripes

Over the next few years, he led a couple movies that were similar to some of his past successes, but sadly, were unable to recapture the same reception. In 2011, he starred in the family friendly Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and then the wacky comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Steve Carell in 2013, which totally bombed.

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Carrey also made a series of random guest appearances in a variety of projects, causing many to question his ability to land the same kind of starring roles he’d previously enjoyed. He appeared in Drunk History, The Office, 30 Rock and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. While he was good in all of these things, the trajectory of his career continued to veer off course, leading to…

Kick Ass 2 saw another minor role for Carrey, who shocked everyone involved when he publicly spoke out against the film’s violence prior to its release. It’s one thing for an actor to have controversy in their private life, but to derail the incredibly important promotional period of an upcoming project is largely unforgivable for most studios and producers. Is this what happened to Jim Carrey?…

Dumb and Dumber To

In what many consider a desperate move, a sequel to Dumb and Dumber was announced around 2011. Dumb and Dumber To underwent a turbulent pre-production phase which included, at one point, Carrey withdrawing from the project, and Warner Bros. refusing to distribute the film. Rumors swirled that there were issues between the two stars, which both have denied, but fans were unable to shake the accusations.

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Carrey and Daniels went on a promotional run for the movie, and despite a lot of hype that built leading up to its release, it underperformed at the box office and was horribly reviewed by fans and critics. As bad as this was, the real controversy around Dumb and Dumber To wouldn’t surface until a couple years later…

On June 15, 2017, the United States Department of Justice charged that money used to produce the film was stolen from a Malaysian government investment fund. Red Granite Pictures denied knowingly accepting stolen money. Many felt the idea of doing a sequel to the beloved cult classic was a bad idea, and apparently they were right.

Cathriona White

Jim Carrey’s career has seen more extreme highs and lows than almost any other actor in Hollywood history. But everything that’s been covered so far wasn’t enough to truly jeopardize his ability to work in the industry and ultimately succeed. What happened next would change everything, and it was yet again connected to his love life…

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Jim met beautician and make-up artist Cathriona White in 2012, and they dated on-and-off throughout that year. It made the news because of Carrey’s celebrity, but it was the first of his many public relationships that didn’t involve another known person. Because of this, little was known about the details of their relationship.

It was first revealed in a photo of them walking along a Malibu beach, and every once in a while a new picture would surface chronicling their time together. They kept things relatively private, but weren’t afraid to go out, travel and share memories on social media. But for the most part, this was different kind of romance for Carrey, more than likely due to his previous relationships being so publicly scrutinized in the past.

Behind the Smiles

Cathriona White, or Cat, was born on September 14, 1985 in Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. According to her bio on IMDb, “She is known for her work on The Online Gamer (2009), Bunker 731 (2012) and Firefly (2012).” But beyond her professional career, there was something about her private life that would end up becoming a big part of her relationship with Carrey…

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White was married to a man named Mark Burton on January 15, 2013. This happened during her relationship with Carrey. According to White, it was just a green card marriage so that she could stay in the US legally. Carrey didn’t find out about this until much later, and by that time, everything had gone wrong…

Cathriona also had a lot of issues, specifically regarding mental illness. Carrey had dealt with his own emotional problems, which when shared with a loved one can sometimes be a positive aspect of a relationship, or a recipe for disaster. In this case, it was the latter, leading many to speculate that this was what ultimately ended their romance. In 2015, the unthinkable happened…

Tragedy Strikes

On September 28, 2015, Cathriona White was found dead from a prescription drug overdose. Carrey was a pallbearer at her funeral in her native Cappawhite, Ireland. The couple had broken up multiple times before, but there was something about the last one that felt more permanent. Just days later, she took her own life.

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This was not her first brush with suicide. She had attempted to take her own life shortly after her father, Pat White, died on Sept. 26, 2012. White was found dead in her Los Angeles home only two days after the third anniversary of her father’s death. Cathriona tweeted on the 24th … “Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest.”

According to a TMZ report, White left a suicide note that read, “I’ve spent 3 days now in disbelief that you’re not here. I can go on brokenhearted and try to put the pieces back. I could, I just don’t have the will this time. I’m sorry you felt I wasn’t there for you. I tried to give you my best part.” As absolutely devastating as this was, the worst was yet to come…

Devastated

In response to White’s death, Carrey said in a tribute, “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona. She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled. My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her. We have all been hit with a lightning bolt.”

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In response to her secret marriage to Burton, Carrey said, “I never met her green card husband Mark Burton until after Cat’s death, nor did Cat discuss with me any details of her marriage to him while she was alive. Nor did she ever tell me that she had a wedding or that she had ever been courted by Mr Burton and she never wore a wedding ring.”

According to official documents, Burton, who was a Hollywood cameraman, was listed as her next of kin, but they were planning to start divorce proceedings. This never took place, and Burton would reappear soon after her death in a very negative way for Carrey…

Dark Crimes

While all of this was happening, Carrey had prepped and filmed his next movie, which coincidentally was his darkest yet. In the appropriately titled Dark Crimes, Carrey plays Tadek, a police officer who finds similarities between the assassination of a policeman and a crime narrated in a book. His obsession takes him to the underworld of sex, lies and corruption to find the terrible truth.

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The movie was based on David Grann’s article True Crime: A Postmodern Murder Mystery, about convicted murderer Krystian Bala, published in 2008 by The New Yorker. True Crime was also the original name of the movie, but it was changed before the release. The previously discussed The Number 23 is Carrey’s second worst reviewed movie, with 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, but that’s nothing compared to…

Dark Crimes received an epic 0% score on the website, with the critic consensus saying, “Dark Crimes is a rote, unpleasant thriller that fails to parlay its compelling true story and a committed Jim Carrey performance into even modest chills.” While his role wasn’t panned, this was another big blow to his career, and things were about to get worse…

The Lawsuit

It had been a year since White passed away, but on September 19, 2016, Mark Burton, White’s husband from 2013 until her death, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey, claiming that he had used his “immense wealth and celebrity status” to illegally obtain and distribute prescription drugs involved in her death.

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In October 2016, White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey. She claimed that Carrey knowingly gave White multiple STDs, including hepatitis A, herpes I and II, and chlamydia. The lawsuit was dismissed on January 25, 2018, and attorneys for both sides confirmed there would be no further legal proceedings.

But the damage was done. These allegations were made public and Carrey’s image was forever altered, on top of the already difficult mourning of the loss of a loved one. He has completely denied any wrongdoing, and even claimed that White had tried to extort him during her life. While all of this legally went away, it will obviously be with him in one way or another for the rest of his life…

Disturbing Revelations

After a string of unsuccessful projects, especially compared to his previous films, and a personal tragedy that resulted in very public revelations, Carrey finally decided to take a big step away from the spotlight. He’d been working consistently since the 1980s, and overcome a lot of obstacles, but it was time to rethink his approach to his career, and his life, in general…

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Unfortunately, thanks to his fame and social media presence, his time away was still filled with drama. After the signing of a new vaccination law, Carrey called California Governor Jerry Brown a “corporate fascist” who was poisoning children by enacting the vaccination requirements. The law disallowed religious and philosophical reasons for exemption from vaccination.

Carrey was criticized for being “ignorant when it comes to vaccines” by Arthur Caplan, head of the Division of Medical Ethics, at New York University, and by Jeffrey Kluger, senior writer at Time, who described his anti-vaccination statements as “angry, dense and immune to reason.” His anti-vax position added more fuel to fire for fans who had turned away from him…

Out of the Spotlight

As hard as it is to believe, especially for his countless admirers, Jim Carrey hasn’t had a true hit movie in over a decade. Even the relative successes didn’t come close to what he was able to do early in his career. At his peak, his broad comedies were bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars, and his indies received rave reviews and awards attention…

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While he was achieving massive box office success, a closer look at his critical reception reveals how amazing the numbers really were. No one argued that Carrey himself has talent, but his style found him consistently showing up in objectively bad films. Despite his comedic and dramatic abilities, he was rarely in movies that got mostly good reviews.

His Rotten Tomatoes scores reveal that, of his 30 or so major motion pictures, only ten received positive reviews, while almost twice that number ended up with a negative consensus. On top of this, every few years, Carrey would receive some bad press that had nothing to do with his movies. All of these things have had a devastating effect on his career, but…

I’m Dying Up Here

Carrey decided to switch gears and take a different approach, this time from behind the camera. In June 2017 Showtime began airing the dramedy I’m Dying Up Here, for which Carrey served as the executive producer. The show, which chronicles a group of stand-up comics in 1970s Los Angeles, incorporates aspects of Carrey’s own experience.

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The show is loosely based on the bestselling book by William Knoedelseder. In the mid-1970s, several hundred shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, the new home of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. There, in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams and laughter, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since.

It was Comedy Camelot—but it couldn’t last. William Knoedelseder, a cub reporter covering the burgeoning local comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times, was there when the unpaid comedians tried to change the system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. Here he tells the story of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of how those days still resonate in the lives of those who were there.

The Great Beyond

At around the same time that I’m Dying Up Here premiered, a documentary came out that would again thrust Jim into the spotlight. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond premiered at The Venice Film Festival and was later picked up by Netflix.

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The film chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama during the shooting of Man on the Moon, when he never broke character as Andy Kaufman. It incorporates footage that was shot for the film’s electronic press kit but ultimately pulled by Universal as they felt that it was too damaging. It was withheld for almost 20 years.

Between the filming of Carrey’s interview and the movie’s release, he had a sort of spiritual awakening as mentioned in the closing of the film. Carrey revealed that he saw the world as a facade and a game to be played by people that are determined enough to live out their roles to extremes, like Andy did with his performance attacking the mainstream realm of entertainment at the time.

Silver Lining

Jim Carrey has been through a lot, and after battling depression with medication early in his career, it makes sense that he would turn to more extreme measures to deal with all the challenges he’s faced. But the last several years haven’t been all bad. He even got to meet Stephen Hawking, and made him laugh.

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In March 2013, Carrey announced that he had written a children’s book titled How Roland Rolls, about a scared wave named Roland. He described it as “kind of a metaphysical children’s story, which deals with a lot of heavy stuff in a really childish way.” Carrey self-published the book, which was released later that year.

Carrey delivered the commencement address at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, in May 2014 and received an honorary doctorate for his achievements as a comedian, artist, author, and philanthropist. On August 29, 2014, he was honored by Canada Post with a limited-edition postage stamp with his portrait on it. Beyond all this, Carrey found another true passion…

I Needed Color

In an interesting move, Jim Carrey has been painting. It started as a hobby, but has almost completely taken over his creative aspirations. Through his art, he’s able to express himself in ways he hasn’t been able to as a famous actor and public figure…

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While he’s been drawing and painting since he was a kid, it has recently become an obsession. His art is as extreme as many of his performances, and according to a fan-made website, “Some of his work has been shared on Twitter, but much has never been revealed.” Last year, a short documentary was made about his process called I Needed Color.

The IMDb synopsis for the film reads, “Jim Carrey was once the king of movie comedies, but he’s been something of a recluse on the big screen over the last several years…The documentary finds Carrey hard at work in his art studio, and it features some truly jaw-dropping paintings made by the actor. Carrey picked up art six years ago as a way to “heal a broken heart,” and it’s produced some of his best work ever.”

Back Again

While his art has provided a solace for him amidst the turbulence of the last several years, he hasn’t been able to completely escape controversy. Some of his paintings, especially the political ones, have been scrutinized by those who disagree with the what he expresses through his art. But for the most part, he lets the work speak for itself.

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Carrey has clearly found a lifestyle and belief system that works for him, but not everyone understands his sometimes extreme point of view. He consistently manages to reveal things in interviews that confuse and frustrate the public, especially his loyal fanbase. His existential views on life and society challenge what many hold dear…

During an interview with ET Canada at New York Fashion Week, Carrey said some strange stuff about reality, and the clip went viral. “Everybody’s interested in invisible men, and invisible women. Artists are invisible people. They make avatars of themselves to be seen, and then at a certain point, you start realizing all the avatars you’ve made are not you, and even the first one that you are supposed to be is not you.”

Kidding

People’s impressions of Jim Carrey will never be what they once were, but that’s not stopping him from moving forward. Like many famous actors, he has decided to give television a try, appearing in his first series that recently premiered on Showtime, the same network that released the show he executive produced, the aformentioned I’m Dying Up Here.

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Kidding is a comedy-drama series created by Dave Holstein. It marks the second collaboration between director and executive producer Michel Gondry and Carrey, who previously worked together on the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, one of the actor’s most celebrated movies.

The show is set in Columbus, Ohio and follows Jeff Piccirillo, aka beloved children’s television presenter Mr. Pickles, appreciated by children and parents alike. Mr. Pickles anchors a multimillion-dollar branding empire, but he faces a personal tragedy and difficult family life. It has been received positively by fans and critics, with mostly favorable reviews and decent rating, but will it be enough to save his career?…

To Be Continued…

Despite the positivity surrounding his new show Kidding, Carrey refuses to play the Hollywood game. He takes advantage of any opportunity to speak his mind, and his career has been forever altered by his outspoken nature and public persona. Just recently he appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher in support of Nike and Colin Kaepernick, something that will surely draw plenty of criticism.

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He’s made millions and millions of dollars, and with his newfound passion for painting, he’s not financially or creativity obligated to sacrifice his freedom of speech or personal comfort. He will always be criticized for his missteps and mistakes, but he seems to have found a sort of peace with that, as well.

Most superstars eventually have to accept that they can’t be on top forever, and as difficult as this initial realization must be, plenty of famous actors have settled nicely into the next phase of their careers. It was just announced that he will be portraying Dr. Ivo ‘Eggman’ Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, and only time will tell what the future holds for Jim Carrey.