As far as Canadian treasures go, Jim Carrey is perhaps one of the most valued. Sure he hasn’t exactly been on a streak lately, but back in the day when Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber and The Truman Show were in theatres, he was kind of a gem.
Especially since, even after he struck it big he’s always been connected to his Canadian roots. The 56-year-old famously came up in the Canadian comedy clubs and bars in Ontario before he was discovered in L.A., which means he knows a thing or two about appreciating where you came from.
But that doesn’t mean he wants to hit up that stage again anytime soon.
Carrey took part in a press conference during the Television Critics Association last week to promote the new show he’s executive producing, I’m Dying Up Here. The series, which premieres on CraveTV on June 4, goes back in time to the ’70s to explore the comedy scene in L.A. at the time, and what it took to make it from the stage to screen. Obviously, it’s loosely based on Jim Carrey’s own life.
When Carrey was asked specifically whether he would ever do standup again himself though, he was pretty firm about giving up the dream with a resounding, “No.”
So why permanently give up the thing that started it all?
“Because I’m in the process of shedding layers of persona at this time in my life,” he explained. “I’m very happy to be here for these (actors) and watch them enter this world and create these characters that are looking to create a cadence and a persona and something that will draw people’s attention to them and the work that they will do and the triumphs that they will have. But then, somewhere around Episode 40, I think they will start to question it and go, ‘Oh, wow, that’s not actually me,’ and they’ll start to strip it away, which is what I’m in the process of doing.”
We can’t exactly blame Carrey; he has had a pretty rough year. Between his girlfriend, Cathriona White committing suicide, that woman’s ex-husband Mark Burton suing Carrey for wrongful death, and controversial letters about their relationship surfacing as a result, he’s had other things on his mind.
Still, we’re holding out hope that one day he’ll change his mind and come back on stage for a whole new generation to discover. Because let’s face it: no one does rubberface like he does and we’d be super curious to hear his observations on life after so many years. Luckily for us, Carrey gave us a different answer when we chatted him up later on in the day:
“Never say never,” he smiled.