Jim Carrey Recalls Terrifying Moment He Was Told He Only Has 10 Minutes Left to Live | 22 Words

Jim Carrey has unexpectedly opened up about a terrifying "near-death experience" he endured not too long ago, and fans were left seriously shocked...

Jim Carrey is one of Hollywood's best-loved actors.

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.

Since then, he's shown a remarkable range...

Carrey has starred in films across a wide range of genres, including a range of excellent romcoms like Bruce Almighty.

But Carrey doesn't shy away from more dramatic roles, either.

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.

As a result of his acting success, Carrey shot to unprecedented levels of fame.

Particularly in the 1990s, 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.

At first, Carrey seemed to court the public's attention.

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.

Carrey has often been keen to troll the paparazzi...

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.

Carrey just loves stirring up the press...

So, it came as no surprise this week when he revealed something shocking that happened to him when writing his book.

It turns out that the actor had a near-death experience...

Kind of.

The actor was a virtual guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote his new autobiographical novel,Memoirs and Misinformation...

When he was asked about the inspiration behind its unusual front cover.

The cover, which is pink and blue, appears to show his face in a distorted manner...

So, understandably, it was an instant talking point.

Well, it turns out that it is actually a screenshot from a conversation he and his assistant had.

The actor then revealed how he was writing his novel on an island of Hawaii when his assistant called him in tears to tell him they had "ten minutes left" and the "missiles are coming."

Wait... What?!

Carrey went on: "The cover is actually my face after being told I have ten minutes to live. It was completely real to us."

Obviously, the news was terrifying for Carrey...

And he proceeded to frantically try and get himself and his daughter off the island.

But, eventually, he accepted his fate and said his goodbyes to friends.

He recalled: "At that point, I started going, 'okay, what can I do with this last moment of time'. I just decided to go through a list of gratitudes and honest to God I just could not stop thinking of wonderful things that have happened to me and blessings I've had."

He even described his acceptance of death as "lovely."

"All I was planning to do was close my eyes and be thankful because it's been a good ride."

But then, there was a twist in the tale. 

He explained: "And I got to a point of grace at about 2 minutes to spare when I found out it wasn't actually happening."

Yep, the missiles weren't actually coming.

It turns out that the warning issued had simply been a false alarm. Phew.

Carrey could breathe a massive sigh of relief...

And, considering he had a screenshot of his face from the terrifying moment, he felt it would make a very fitting front cover for his novel.

It's a story to tell the grandkids, right?

Joking about what he did after finding out it was a mistake, Carrey said: "I got p***ed off and heads rolled."

You can watch his full confession here.

We're glad you're alive, Jimmy! For more on the beloved actor, keep scrolling to find out his brilliant reason for never taking selfies with fans...