Jim Carrey, remember him? He used to get paid $20 million to star in a film. You probably noticed him starting in 1990 with his recurring role in the sketch comedy television series In Living Color, and then his leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Dumb And Dumber (1994), and The Mask (1994). He gained critical acclaim for serious roles in The Truman Show (1998) and Man On The Moon (1999), with each gaining him a Golden Globe Award, and one of the best films of the aughts, Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind (2004), bringing him another Golden Globe nomination and his first BAFTA Award nomination.
In 2013, he appeared in Kick-Ass 2, but retracted support for the film two months prior to its release. He issued a statement that, in light of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary:
“Now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.”
Then, Carrey simply started working less and less until he just sort of disappeared. Now he is back, starring in the Showtime series Kidding written and directed by his pal Michel Gondry, with whom he first collaborated on Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.
On Kidding, Carrey plays Mister a Rogers-ish children’s television show host who is struggling with his wholesome public persona while his private life falls apart.
For the last seven years, Carrey has thrown himself into painting, working prolifically at his home in Brentwood where he lives alone. Lately, Carrey has made it his avocation to take on POTUS in his art. He says he doesn’t know when he’ll stop with his artistic attacks on Trump’s administration. Carrey:
“I can’t just watch this nightmare unfold. It’s just a civilized way of dealing with it, to get on board with as many other voices as possible that are shouting from the rooftops.”
His paintings of Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephen Miller and other political figures, with their provocative imagery, including Robert Mueller “putting the squeeze” on a POTUS doll, POTUS as a piece of toast, and POTUS and Mike Pence in Space Force astronaut suits, have caused anger among the Republicans, especially his image of a Russian flag planted in Trump’s butt.
He has painted Sean Hannity as a manatee, Trey Gowdy as an insect, and Adam Schiff as a Ken doll dropping his pants. Another shows POTUS eating his two scoops of ice cream, while rubbing a nipple poking out from a blue bathrobe, with his mouth agape, almost in a scream.
“Trump is the fear of utter worthlessness hiding in arrogance and brutality.”
Carey posts pictures of his pictures on Twitter:
“I knew sooner or later I’d find a worthy way to use Twitter. My manager used to be like, ‘Don’t do stuff on there. You’re fucking insane’.”
This summer, Carrey told a reporter said he plans to get more engaged in politics in real life as well as on Twitter:
“My plan was not to join Hollywood. It was to destroy it.”