Jim Carrey is one of the great comedic phenomena of our time. Having delivered everything from slapstick to much more serious roles such as the one in The Truman Show, for a whole generation, Carrey epitomized comedy. Here are nineteen less known facts about James Eugene Carrey.
1. Carrey is Canadian. He was born in Newmarket, Ontario in 1962
He has a dual Canadian-American citizenship after becoming a U.S. citizen in 2004.
2. He wanted to be in show business ever since he was a kid
When he was 10 years old, he sent his resume to The Carol Burnett Show hoping that he could work on set.
3. When he was a struggling actor, he wrote himself a $10 million check and gave himself three years to earn it
4. The check was post-dated for Thanksgiving 1995, and he kept it in his wallet. Just before the holiday, he found out that he would be making $10 million for Dumb & Dumber
5. After doing stand-up routines in comedy clubs and small parts on TV and in movies, he got his big break in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994
6. He’s the only actor to ever play both the Grinch and Scrooge — the two meanest Christmas villains to ever exist
7. Jim’s delivered a memorable Riddler performance in Batman Forever, the first post-Tim Burton movie about the Caped Crusader
He says he’s definitely interested in doing a film based on a comic book movie again, but not necessarily playing the same villain.
8. When Tupac Shakur was in prison, Jim would supposedly write him letters. He just wanted to make the rapper laugh and smile
9. The role in The Truman Show was his first dramatic one. He says it was the script that sold it to him
“It was one of the best scripts I ever read. It works on so many levels,” he said.
10. For the role, Jim was nominated for and won a Golden Globe, although many expected him to receive an Oscar nomination
11. He was the first actor to receive a $20 million dollar salary, and it was for The Cable Guy – the first ‘darker’ film he did
Source:The Golden Closet
12. He’s a dad… and a grandfather!
Source:Pink is the New Blog
Jim has one daughter named Jane, who welcomed her son Jackson in 2010.
Source:Celebrity Baby Scoop
13. Jim was supposed to play Ben Stiller’s character in Meet the Parents
14. He revealed he came up with some of the jokes while working on the script when he was still attached to the project
15. When he was dating model and actress Jenny McCarthy, he once decided to wear her bathing suit
That’s our Jim!
16. He once professed his love for Emma Stone in a YouTube video
Source: YouTube | Urban Swag
17. What did Emma think of the whole thing? She had nothing but sweet things to say!
“I was so flattered I can’t even tell you. Honest! I was really flattered, I really was!”
18. Jim had already used Ace Ventura’s famous “Alrighty, then” catchphrase in Fox’s comedy sketch series In Living Color
19. According to him, he based Ace Ventura’s character on a bird, even down to the hairstyle!