Jim Carrey is one of the biggest and most hilarious actors in the world and he’s dedicated to every single one of his roles. So dedicated, in fact, that a CIA specialist trained him to endure torture so he could play the Grinch.
Some of the details he has revealed are shocking…
So dedicated that he went above and beyond to prepare for some of his roles.
He first rose to fame in gross-out comedy movies such as Dumb & Dumber and Ace Ventura, where his seemingly elastic face and never-ending supply of energy gained much fan acclaim.
Carrey has starred in films across a wide range of genres, including a range of excellent romcoms like Bruce Almighty.
He gained a lot of critical praise for his role in dystopian reality television satire, The Truman Show. He also played the romantic straight-man lead in artsy classic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Particularly in the ’90s, Carrey was one of the most recognizable faces in the celebrity world, and his hugely successful film roles led to a legion of loyal fans.
But in recent years, he’s become a lot more private and less keen on holding his spot in the public eye.
In fact, he’s often quite critical of society’s obsession with fame.
Here he is in 2008, wearing then-girlfriend Jenny McCarthy’s bathing suit – perhaps as a commentary on how women are treated by the media, or perhaps just to induce a laugh.
If you’re as famous as he is – and attend high profile celebrity events with such regularity – it makes sense that you’d be pretty used to getting your picture taken.
There are many past scenes in which Carrey seems perfectly happy to stop and pose for a snap – whether requested by paps or by fans.
In a comedian’s roundtable that was released this week, Carrey revealed his opinion on the thorny topic of celebrity selfies – and it seems he’s taken quite a strong view.
But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t enjoy interacting with fans – in fact, he says it’s quite the opposite. It’s just the means of the interaction that he’d rather change.
“I dropped the whole trying to be something for somebody a long time ago. I don’t feel there is a pressing responsibility to please everyone.”
Now Carrey prefers a different kind of interaction…
“I’m not unkind to people, but I would much prefer saying hello and who are you and what are you doing today to giving a selfie,” Carrey explained.
“You go [contorts his face], “Eeehh”. And then it’s going on Instagram to give people a false sense of relevance.”
Well, consider us told!
And he really doesn’t have a filter when it comes to talking to others.
And his dedication cannot be questioned.
His portrayal of the Grinch is one of his most prized roles and it is one that will go down in history as one of his best.
In order to fully get himself immersed into the role, Carrey decided he was going to get trained up by a CIA agent to endure torture to play the green creature.
“That first day, the makeup took eight-and-a-half hours. It was like being buried alive.”
According to Business Insider “Carrey approached famed director Ron Howard to tell him he’d have to drop out of the film because the costume, makeup, and prosthetics made him feel so claustrophobic he was struggling to function.”
“We had to keep the makeup, and we had to keep Jim—but we had to find a way to make it possible for him to endure something that felt like being tortured,” Grazer recounted in a piece he wrote himself a few years ago.
“We had an actor being held prisoner by his costume—he was being tortured by his makeup. Maybe the CIA specialist could teach Jim Carrey to survive the green Grinch makeup the way he’d taught spies to survive hostile interrogation?”
Carrey later described the entire training process as “hilarious.”
If you want to see how other actors prepare for their most demanding roles…scroll on.