For modern-day audiences, Jim Carrey is an award-winning actor with incredible range. His work in critically-acclaimed films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Truman Show has helped showcase his depth and talents.
For much of his early career, however, Carrey was typecast into a particular kind of slapstick humor that didn’t do much to promote his obvious talents. These days, he has clearly shaken the early limitations on his roles, but those who co-star with him suggest that the “wacky” portrayals early on are still with him.
In fact, some co-stars have spoken out about Carrey’s particular brand of method acting and find him strange to work alongside.
How did Jim Carrey get famous?
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Carrey was born in 1962 in Ontario, Canada. His acting credits date back to the early 1980s when he took his first role in Rubberface, an ill-received TV movie in which Carrey has a starring role as a struggling comedian who assists an overweight girl in finding self-confidence as she helps him write better jokes. The rest of the 1980s were filled with similar low-budget and low-profile roles for Carrey, but he got a big break when he landed on In Living Color in 1990.
In Living Color (1990)#Retweet if you loved this show!#InLivingColor #TV pic.twitter.com/9Tqvbg5d3o
— DoYouRemember? (@DoYouRemember) March 6, 2018
The sketch comedy series created by Keenan Ivory Wayans turned out to be an early stomping ground for a number of aspiring stars including Jamie Foxx, the Wayans siblings, and even Jennifer Lopez. A few years after joining the cast of In Living Color, Carrey got the role that launched him into the mainstream when he starred in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994. The part, which was a bizarre kind of slapstick comedy, had Carrey playing an over-the-top goofball whose antics were more memorable than the plot.
Carrey would go on to reprise the character for a sequel the next year, and he would take on similar roles in films like The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and The Cable Guy.
‘The Truman Show’ marked a departure for Jim Carrey
I shaved because…hey, I don’t need a reason. I just shaved damn-it! pic.twitter.com/ot2y53GAug
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) May 13, 2020
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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet