Here’s Why You Never See Jim Carrey On The Big Screen Anymore

Scibol – By Sarah Jones – Re-posted from 10/2017 on July 19, 2018

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Jim Carrey was one of the most popular actors of the 1990s. Although his wacky style of comedy wasn’t necessarily to everyone’s taste, it helped make films such as Dumb and Dumber and The Mask big hits. Flash forward to 2017, though, and the rubber-faced star is all but gone from movie screens. Nevertheless, the actor’s personal life is often the subject of gossip. So what in the world happened?

Right from early childhood, Jim Carrey wanted to be a comedian. He had a talent for impressions, and he knew it. So, as the young star grew up, he continued to hone his skills and began appearing at comedy clubs. Sometimes he bombed, but slowly the actor put together a winning routine. And eventually he caught the attention of comic Rodney Dangerfield, who then signed him up as a supporting act.

From there, Carrey decided to take a chance and move to Hollywood. And it turned out to be a very good decision, indeed. By the early 1980s, in fact, he was appearing on television in the likes of An Evening at the Improv and The Tonight Show. But the star’s big break came in 1990 as part of the cast of sketch-comedy series In Living Color – and next he set his sights on the movie world.


However, Carrey would not have to wait long for big-screen success. In 1994 he starred in not one but three movies that turned out to be massive hits: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. Audiences – or most of them, anyway – loved his expressive slapstick style. And from there, the star enjoyed a series of box-office hits for the rest of the decade.

ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE, Jim Carrey, 1994. © Warner Bros./ Courtesy: Everett Collection

ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE, Jim Carrey, 1994. © Warner Bros./ Courtesy: Everett Collection

Then, in 1995 Carrey played supervillain the Riddler in Batman Forever as well as reprising his role as Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. And just a year later, he was picking up $20 million per film. What’s more, movies such as The Truman Show demonstrated his skills as a straight actor, proving that he was more than just a clown.


As the new millennium began, Carrey continued to do comedies, but he often pursued more “highbrow” work as well. And in 2004 he again received critical acclaim for the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The star’s low-key performance earned him several award nominations, too.

That same year, IGN told Carrey, “Some people have started to make the comparison between the ‘goofy’ Jim Carrey role and the ‘serious’ Jim Carrey role.” And the comedian seemed to agree. “It’s a Jekyll and Hyde situation,” Carrey replied. “[The roles] just come as they come.” But he did seem to be putting his days of slapstick behind him somewhat. And in 2007 the actor went on to star in the psychological thriller The Number 23, not his usual fare at all.

Unfortunately, The Number 23 was far from a hit. Carrey bounced back in 2008 with the comedy Yes Man, however, which was a big financial success. And more comedies followed, as well as children’s movies: A Christmas Carol, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Dumb and Dumber To. But although the box-office takings were impressive, the reviews were becoming more and more mixed.

And something else was happening, too. With the rise of Twitter and social media in general, it was easier than ever for actors to express their personal beliefs. And Carrey’s opinions, it turned out, didn’t always suit the movie that he was meant to be promoting. A few months before Kick-Ass 2 was released, for instance, the star denounced the film’s violence via Twitter.

The actor wrote, “I did Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook,” referring to the elementary school shooting that horrified the world. “And now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to others involved with the film. I am not ashamed of it, but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” This created a pretty big stir.

Although some Twitter users praised Carrey for speaking out, the makers of Kick-Ass 2 were less impressed. Mark Millar, the creator of the original comic book, wrote an open letter in which he claimed that “the big deal we made of the fact that [Carrey’s character] refuses to fire a gun is something he told us attracted him to the role in the first place.”

Photo: Jim Carrey in the film Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events.

And that wasn’t to be the only part that Carrey’s tweets would seem to play in his downfall. In 2015 he suddenly went public with some very controversial beliefs. In fact, it turned out that he was anti-vaccination. “California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in mandatory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped,” he wrote, referring to a new law that had just been passed.

You see, there was an angry response to his comments. People were quick to point out that mercury is not used in vaccines anymore and refusing to vaccinate children poses a huge risk to public health. “I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!” Carrey tweeted in an apparent attempt at damage control. It seemed, however, that his reputation had already been tarnished.

Time magazine subsequently published an article titled “Jim Carrey, Please Shut Up About Vaccines.” The criticism that it contained included: “The anti-vax crowd has never been about reasoned argument or a cool-headed look at clinical science. They’ve been all about rage, all about echo-chamber misinformation.” In one fell swoop, then, Carrey had apparently gone from beloved comedian to anti-science kook.


Consequently, when actors find themselves on the receiving end of bad publicity, it can no doubt affect the roles that they get. And if you look back on Carrey’s filmography, it turns out that he had only one credit to his name in 2015: an appearance on Saturday Night Live. That’s a big comedown for an actor who, for so long, seemed to be a regular sight on movie posters.

And if the vaccination controversy weren’t bad enough, worse was yet to come. In September 2015 Carrey’s ex-girlfriend Cathriona White committed suicide. Unfortunately, this set off a painful and complicated chain of events that has still not been resolved to this day. Her family and estranged husband subsequently alleged that White had killed herself using prescription drugs belonging to Carrey and brought a lawsuit against him.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the fallout was ugly. White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, claimed in her lawsuit that Carrey had emotionally abused her daughter, given her STDs and used “high-priced Hollywood lawyers” to intimidate her after they broke up. Although these remain only unproven allegations, they nonetheless seemed to have an impact on Carrey’s public image.

And the case is still being fought in the courts. Sweetman’s legal team allege that Carrey gave White STDs and then dumped her in order to protect his image; Carrey’s lawyers claim that White tried to extort money from him. So it isn’t surprising that Carrey has more or less abandoned movie acting for the time being as he fights to clear his name.


Even if Carrey is ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing, it does seem that the days of Carrey the megastar may be over. He even implied as much himself during an appearance at Pasadena’s Icehouse Comedy Club in January 2017. “I’m not hungry anymore,” Carrey reportedly said. “I’ve done it all!” His net worth is estimated to be in the region of $150 million, so he can certainly afford to semi-retire.


It seems that we will get to see Carrey again on the small screen, though. His only upcoming acting project for 2018 is Kidding, a Showtime TV series that will reunite him with Eternal Sunshine director Michel Gondry. So he’s not out of the game entirely just yet. And hopefully, by the time that Kidding reaches our screens, Carrey’s life might also have become a little happier.

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