Jim Carrey in “Dumb and Dumber,” “The Mask” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” (Courtesy New Line Cinema and Focus Features)
By John Haydon
Canadian-American actor and comedian Jim Carrey celebrates his 50th birthday on Jan. 17. His film credits include “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “The Mask.” and “The Truman Show.” He was married to actress Lauren Holly for less than a year. He has also been romantically linked toRenee Zellweger and Jenny McCarthy. The List looks at Mr. Carrey’s top 10 films.
- 10. Man on the Moon (1999) — Mr. Carrey completely threw himself into this homage to the late comedian-actor Andy Kaufman. His impersonation of Kaufman is faithful and impressive. Mr. Carrey won a Golden Globe for this chameleon performance and — his second win in a row after receiving an award for “The Truman Show” previously.
- 9. Bruce Almighty (2003) — In this inspirational farce, Mr. Carrey plays a Buffalo, N.Y., television personality who feels unappreciated as the human-interest reporter on an “Eyewitness News” team. Suddenly divine intervention salvages his career and personal life. The film became Mr. Carrey’s biggest box office hit worldwide, grossing $484.6 million.
- 8. Me Myself and Irene (2000) — Mr. Carrey plays a Rhode Island police officer named Charlie with two personalities, one of them violent. After years of being treated like a doormat, Charlie finally snaps, which results in a second personality, Hank. Mr. Carrey and Miss Zellweger, who also starred in the movie, became a Hollywood celebrity couple after the film and were engaged at one point before breaking up a short while later.
- 7. The Mask (1994) — In this wacky special effects comedy, Mr. Carrey played the green-faced comic book hero Stanley Ipkiss, whose life is transformed after finding a magic mask in a river. This supernatural farce was the actor’s second huge hit in 1994. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but lost to “Forrest Gump.”
- 6. Yes Man (2008) — Mr. Carrey stars as Los Angeles bank employee Carl Allen, a broken soul who spends evenings moping around his apartment even as his friends implore him to hit the bar scene. Carl’s life changes when he comes across a former co-worker who has abandoned the trappings of modern life to become a “yes man.” Carl promises to stop being a “No Man” and vows to answer “Yes!” to every opportunity that presents itself. The film grossed more than $230 million worldwide.
- 5. Dumb and Dumber (1994) — How dumb can you be? Very, very dumb, if you are Mr. Carrey. This buddy-film follows the cross-country trek and misadventures of two slow-witted pals, Mr. Carrey and Jeff Daniels, who are on a pilgrimage to return a briefcase full of cash belonging toLauren Holly. The film exploited Mr. Carrey’s talents to the extreme and was very successful at the box office, grossing $247 million worldwide.
- 4. Liar Liar (1997) — Mr. Carrey plays a schizoid, smug young lawyer named Fletcher Reede who is a compulsive liar. Suddenly, due to his son’s birthday wish, Reede finds it impossible to lie, which becomes very inconvenient for the shyster. Mr. Carrey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy/Musical. The film was a box office hit pulling in $181 million in the United States and is his fourth best-grossing movie.
- 3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) — Mr. Carrey plays an introverted New Yorker who discovers that Clementine (Kate Winslet), his girlfriend, has undergone a procedure to erase all memory of their ever knowing each other. In retaliation, Mr. Carrey’s character does the same. Midway through, however, he finds himself resisting the erasure, subconsciously realizing his heart hadn’t yet given up on the memories downloading from his head. Mr. Carrey was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role and the film won an Oscar for the screenplay written byCharlie Kaufman.
- 2. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) — This relatively low-budget movie made Mr. Carrey a huge star and was a surprise box-office hit. With his unique facial contortions, Mr. Carrey earned rave reviews as a bumbling pet detective assigned to rescue the Miami mascot before the Super Bowl.
- 1. The Truman Show (1998) — This touching film directed by Peter Weir is about an illegitimate, unwanted child, who becomes the darling of an entertainment empire. Mr. Carrey is quite brilliant with his innocence and goofiness as Truman Burbank who unbeknownst, is a character in a popular global sitcom for 30 years. The show is telecast live 24 hours a day controlled by a “televisionary” named Christof, played by Ed Harris.
Compiled by John Haydon
Source: The Washington Times, Associated Press, boxofficemojo.com and totallytop10.com.