Jim Carrey is known as one of Hollywood’s funniest men. But behind the scenes, things haven’t always been so positive for the star.
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. 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.
But behind the scenes, it seems we haven’t really known much about Carrey’s life.
It seems behind his smile, there’s a whole world of pain.
The elements of his tragic life have many feeling emotional – particularly when the star is so beloved!
The tragedies of Carrey’s life started very young – when he was a kid, in fact.
He was constantly afraid of his parents dying.
“They banged on the door, telling me to come out. I don’t know if I got over that fear at that time; it was just kind of with me,” he explained.
“I spent most of my time in my room staring at a mirror,” he confessed.
“I went from straight-A student to not wanting to know anybody’s name, and not wanting to make a friend.”
A bout of homeless, after his father lost his job.
“But of course, I grew up in Canada and I thought we’d gone camping,” he’s joked on stage.
But his earliest days on the job were anything but easy.
“I finally got offstage to huge applause just because I mentioned I was going to leave the stage.”
“I got in the car and I cried all the way home,” he said, “Because I don’t want to make people unhappy.”
He’s actually been quite vocal about his ongoing struggles with depression.
“If you are with me right now, you cannot be unhappy. It’s not possible, just try.”
In 2010, Carrey and Jenny McCarthy split, and he turned to creative pursuits to try to get through the tough times.
McCarthy has called him “a hard guy to date.”
“He is someone who desperately needs to be with someone, then just as desperately needs to be alone. But at the same time, he can be a very loving, very compassionate guy.”
During the filming of Man on the Moon, he fully immersed himself in the role of Andy Kauffman.
He found himself asking questions like, “What do I believe? What are my politics? What do I like and dislike?”
“If I can put Jim Carrey aside for 4 months, who is Jim Carrey?” he asked. “Who the hell is that?”
Back in 2015, his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White tragically took her own life.
The following year, Carrey was sued by her ex-husband for wrongful death.
Plus supplied her with the painkillers she used to complete suicide.
He launched a lawsuit claiming the family was trying to extort him.
But we can’t imagine this was an easy thing for Carrey to go through!
Well, it seems in spite of his myriad of achievements…
He’s made unprecedented amounts of cash in his work.
“I just didn’t want to be in the business anymore,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
In fact, it seems he experienced something of an existential crisis.
“And the answer to both of those questions is: nothing, no reason, as far as I am concerned.”
“I guess just getting to the place where you have everything everybody has ever desired and realizing you are still unhappy.”
He lives life from a melancholic disposition through and through.
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