My favorite Jim quote is:
"It is better to risk starving to
death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left?"-Jim
I don't think anybody should go through life without a team of
psychologists. I have been through times when I'm literally squatting
in the living room, having one of those open-throated cries, where
you're crying all the way to your butthole. I always believed I
would come out of it, though.
I don't make it in regular channels, and that's okay for me.
My life is not unlike Truman's. I can't go anywhere.
Life is an ordeal, albeit an exciting one, but I wouldn't trade
it for the good old days of poverty and obscurity.
I don't think anybody is interesting until they've had the shit
kicked out of them. The pain is there for a reason. A lot of times
when I was in those depressions, I also had the thing going through
my head that this is what I've asked for. I've prayed to God that
I would have depth as an artist and have things to say. I've said,
No matter what, keep me sane but give me what I need.
I'm so wrapped up in my work that it's often impossible to consider
other things in my life. My marriage ended in divorce because of
this, my relationship with Holly has suffered by this. It's hard
for anybody who's been with me not to feel starved for affection
when I'm making love to my ideas. Maybe it's not meant for me to
settle down and be married.
Creative people don't behave very well generally. If you're looking
for examples of good relationships in show business, you're gonna
be depressed real fast. I don't have time for anything else right
now but work and my daughter. She's my first priority.
I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything's just OK," says Carrey. "There are peaks, there are valleys. But they're all kind of carved and smoothed out, and it feels like a low level of despair you live in. Where you're not getting any answers, but you're living OK. And you can smile at the office. You know? But it's a low level of despair. You know? I rarely drink coffee. I'm very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful.
You know, I live a monastic lifestyle. No, I do. I do live in extremes, basically. I go back and forth. Once every six months, I'll have a day where I eat more chocolate than has ever been consumed by a human being.
I've tried everything. I've done therapy, I've done colonics.
I went to a psychic who had me running around town buying pieces
of ribbon to fill the colors in my aura. Did the Prozac thing.
Until Ace Ventura, no actor had considered talking through his
I just want to be killer funny. You know kick ass piss in your
pants run out of the theatre and rip you dick off and throw yourself
into traffic funny!
I try to do something the audience might not have seen before.
Like if I'm gonna kiss a girl I wanna kiss her like a girl has never
been kissed. Like maybe I would kick her legs out from under her
and catch her right before she hits the ground and then kiss her.
My focus is to forget the pain of life. Forget the pain, mock
the pain, reduce it. And laugh.
Before I do anything, I think, well what hasn't been seen. Sometimes,
that turns out to be something ghastly and not fit for society.
And sometimes that inspiration becomes something that 's really
My performing started out as a mixture of things. It's really
not all angst and I-gotta-go-onstage-or-I'm-gonna-kill- somebody
kind of thing. Some of it is the anger, but it was born from really,
truly, just wanting to be special and to be noticed and wanting
to make people laugh. It was really born from that, so it comes
from a good place. It's just - the tools are your anger, the tools
are your sadness, the tools are your joy, the tools are voices,
faces - the tools are all those things.
The comedian's who inspired me are, like, Dick Van Dyke. Loved
Dick Van Dyke. Jimmy Stewart. Well, he wasn't a comedian, but he
was a character that I really, really liked. I learned how to say
'F***', by listening to Richard Pryor. No. But there's guys like
that who opened doors to realms for me. Like Richard Pryor and guys
like Sam Kinison. You watch them and then you go, well maybe your
gotta give up a little more to, you know, push the buttons these
It's nice to finally get scripts offered to me that aren't the
ones Tom Hanks wipes his butt with.
There was a time when people said, 'Jim, if you keep on making
faces, your face will freeze like that.' Now they just say, 'Pay
I don't care if people think I am an overactor, as long as they
enjoy what I do. People who think that would call Van Gogh an overpainter.
If I had never ventured beyond being a stand-up comic, then I
would be sitting in my house today working on my Leonardo DiCaprio
I absolutely want to have a career where you make'em laugh and
make'em cry. It's all theater.
One thing I hope I'll never be is drunk with my own power. And
anybody who says I am will never work in this town again.
Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or
you stay afraid of taking them. I've never been one to sit back
and go, 'I'd better do what the audience wants me to do, because
I don't want to lose them.'
It was such a leap in my career when 'Truman Show' came along.
It's always been a long process for me insofar as recognition goes,
but that's OK because you appreciate it when it comes.
I'm afraid, I guess, that I won't be able to watch anymore. Everything
I do comes from watching and observing, and I'm concerned that I
won't be able to be the watcher because I'm the watched. I've already
had so much success, I could quit now and say, 'Thanks very much,
you guys have been more than nice to me,' but I really would like
to keep working and, hopefully, growing and challenging myself.
I tend to stay up late, not because I'm partying but because it's
the only time of the day when I'm alone and don't have to be performing.
I'm a hard guy to live with. I'm like a caged animal. I'm up all
night walking around the living room. It's hard for me to come down
from what I do.
I need privacy. I would think that because what I do makes a lot
of people happy that I might deserve a little bit of respect in
return. Instead, the papers try to drag me off my pedestal.
Most of the time I live with my pain. I have pain but I won't
show it around. I think that's the nobility of the character. There's
something noble in not spewing on people all the time about your
problems. I'm the light guy, so I identified.
I enjoy fame except when I'm with my daughter. Kids stop me all
the time and I don't want her to be jealous of the attention. Also,
sometimes I just want to be left alone and I refuse to make rubber
faces. That's when they start asking, 'What's the matter, man, don't
you like your job?' I say, 'Yeah, I like my job. But I also like
having sex, and I'm not going to do that in front of you either.
Ya know what I do almost every day? I wash. Personal hygiene is
part of the package with me.
What I have in common with the character in ‘Truman’ is this incredible
need to please people. I feel like I want to take care of everyone
and I also feel this terrible guilt if I am unable to. And I have
felt this way ever since all this success started.
I used to draw a lot. If my mother would ask me to do something
else, I'd have a hairy conniption. I'd just go crazy.
I praticed making faces in the mirror and it would drive my mother
crazy. She used to scare me by saying that I was going to see the
devil if I kept looking in the mirror. That fascinated me even more,
I know this sounds strange, but as a kid, I was really shy. Painfully
shy. The turning point was freshman year, when I was the biggest
geek alive. No one, I mean no one, even talked to me. I was that
weird Jim Boy - you know, ' Stay away from him.' Then I suddenly
realized that all the shtick I pulled at home could also work at
school. I recall the first day that I stood in front of the school
and fell up the stairs. People started self-combusting with laughter.
I went from 'Jim's a geek' to 'Jim really is a moron, but we like
it!' From then on, there was no stopping me - I was relentless.
Every class became The Jim Carrey Show. I was like a disease in
the class. I remember being sent out of the room a lot. The hall
became my domain.
My report card always said, 'Jim finishes first and then disrupts
the other students'.
For some reason I did something where I realized I could get a
reaction. That was when I broke out of my shell at school, because
I really didn't have any friends or anything like that and I just
kind of was going along, and then finally I did this zany thing,
and all of a sudden I had tons of friends
My teacher in the seventh grade told me that if I didn't fool
around during class, I could have 15 minutes at the end of the day
to do a comedy routine. Instead of bugging everybody, I'd figure
out my routine. And at the end of the day, I'd get to perform in
front of my entire class. I thought it was really smart of her.
It's amazing how important that was.
My first experience on stage started in second grade. I was in
music class and we were practicing for the Christmas assembly. One
day I started fooling around by mocking the musicians on a record.
The teacher thought she'd embarrass me by making me get up and do
what I was doing in front of the whole class. So I went up and did
it. She laughed, and the whole class went nuts. My teacher asked
me to do my routine for the Christmas assembly, and I did. That
was the beginning of the end.
When the first big paycheque with Dumb And Dumber hit, I went:
'Gosh, I wonder if this will affect my performance. Will I do a
take and think, was that worth $7 million?' But that never happened.
If anything, it made me rebel against that thing when people who
get rich start playing it safe.
The money can be a hindrance to someone like me because the danger
is that you start thinking, 'Is that a $20 million take?' That kind
of thing, and being self-critical.
I'm the first to admit this whole salary thing is getting out
of control. In the final analysis, it's still about the work. The
whole time I was filming The Cable Guy, I kept reminding myself
that if a scene didn't work, the $20 million would bite me in the
I refuse to feel guilty. I feel guilty about too much in my life
but not about money. I went through periods when I had nothing,
so somebody in my family has to get stinkin' wealthy.
I haven't been as wild with my money as somebody like me might
have been. I've been very safe, very conservative with investments.
I don't blow money. I don't have a ton of houses. I know things
can go away. I've already had that experience.
My mother was a professional sick person; she took a lot of pain
pills. There are many people like that. It's just how they are used
to getting attention. I always remember she's the daughter of alcoholics
who'd leave her alone at Christmas time.
My dad was like a stage mother he always pushed me to do what I
We had problems like all families but we had a lot of love. I was
extremely loved. We always felt we had each other.
I got a lot of support from my parents. That's the one thing I
always appreciated. They didn't tell me I was being stupid; they
told me I was being funny.