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Jim Carrey proved through his acting that he isn’t just a one-trick pony. What started out as making wild and crazy faces on In Living Color, Ace Ventura and The Mask evolved into a fully fleshed-out career, as he got serious in projects like The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But he’s showing yet another side of himself: Jim Carrey, the painter.

In a new documentary short called I Needed Color, Carrey puts his artwork on display — and it is stunning. The entertainer, who has been sketching and drawing since he was a child, picked it up again while going through a dark time and “trying to heal a broken heart” — and found he couldn’t stop.

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“I had become so obsessed that there was nowhere to move in my home,” he says in the doc. “Paintings were everywhere. They were becoming a part of the furniture, I was eating on them. I found myself looking around, at a really bleak winter in New York and it was just so depressing. And I think I needed colour.”

He’s found peace, or some semblance of it, through his work, which helps him connect to his spiritual side.

“You can tell what I love by the colour of the paintings,” he says in the doc. “You can tell my inner life by the darkness in some of them and you can tell what I want from the brightness in some of them.”

And it’s not just painting; Carrey also sculpts. And it’s clear he has a gift.

“I like the independence of it. I love the freedom of it,” he explains. “No one else tells you what you can or can’t do, most of the time. And there’s an immediacy to it.”

The short film, directed by David Bushell, was posted weeks ago but it went viral when LeBron James took to social media and praised Carrey’s work.


And Carrey responded, proving he’s not completely immersed in his art.


“I don’t know what painting teaches me,” he muses. “I know that it just frees me. Free from the future. Free from the past. Free from regret. Free from worry.” And it’s clear from all his works of art, he is as free as can be. Bravo, Jim. A true talent.

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