Facts About Jim Carrey:
Jim Carrey’s comic timing should be a topic of heavy research as it seems utterly impossible for a mere human being to be this good. Jim Carrey has seen a lot of failures in his life but he never gave up his passion and thanks to that, the world got such an iconic actor.
#1: His family was very poor
Jim Carrey’s family had to work very hard to make ends meet as they did not have any money. At one point he and his family all worked as janitors and security guards at a factory to make a living and they even had to live in a trailer for a while as they did not have a house of their own.
#2: He was born to spread happiness
Jim Carrey has one weakness, he can’t help himself from cheering up others. He just couldn’t stand it if anyone was feeling gloomy even when he was a kid. As a child, he used to wear his tap shoes to bed just in case his parents needed cheering up in the middle of the night. Some people are sent to this world just to make it a happier place, and Jim Carrey is definitely one of them.
#3: His Family was very supportive of him
Even though Jim Carrey’s father had no wealth, he never forced Jim to pursue a safer career. He would readily drive his son around in Toronto so that he could perform on stage. Jim’s father never came between his dreams and he always supported his son in his pursuit. His father was an amazing Saxophone player, but he gave up his dreams to support his family, but he never buried his son’s dreams.
#4: The Real Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey stated that Joel, his painfully shy, lovelorn character in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), is closer to what he’s like when he’s not “on,” and that making the film led him to reflect on his past relationships and why they didn’t work out. He stated that he resonated with the character of Joel the most after all he has been through.
#5: He went through Depression
When Jim Carrey’s comedy career was not going anywhere at the beginning, he became heavily depressed, as he loved comedy but he was failing in it and he was struggling to make ends meet as a comedian. After that, to ease the pain, he started taking Prozac and other stimulants. After making it, he has been off medication and has successfully avoided it.
#6: He was Tupac’s Prison letter buddy
When the legendary rapper Tupac Shakur was in prison, he received a lot of letters from Jim Carrey which made his life a little easier. Jim Carrey wrote letters to Tupac Shakur to help him laugh and smile as Tupac said that Carrey was his favorite actor.
#7: The First actor to reach the 20-million-dollar salary mark
At one point, Jim Carrey did not even have the money to pay for his bills. After pursuing his passion religiously, he proved that you can achieve anything if you are really into your work. This level of dedication made him the first Actor to reach the 20-million-dollar salary mark for the movie “The Cable Guy” in 1996. The first actress to do so was Julia Roberts.
#8: Johnny Depp has a lot to thank him for
Jim Carrey was one of the top choices for the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), as Jack Sparrow is a very peculiar character and Carrey has played similar roles in the past. Jim Carrey was also heavily considered for the role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), both of these roles eventually went to Johnny Depp.
#9: He was Discovered by Rodney Dangerfield
Jim Carrey owes his big break to the legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who took notice of Jim Carrey and realized his potential before anyone else. Rodney signed him to open for him on tour performances and that is how Jim Carrey’s career began.
#10: His Ex-Girlfriend died from a Drug Overdose
Jim Carrey was shattered after he came to know that his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White lost her life to a drug overdose on September 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Jim Carrey suffered another blow when White’s husband and mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him claiming that Carrey provided White with illegal prescription drugs and STDs. The case was ultimately dismissed.