Jim Carrey: From Janitor To All-Time Joker


Jim Carrey is a celebrated actor, comedian, impressionist, father and so much more. He worked extremely hard to reach his stardom as he came from essentially nothing. Along his road he made some unlikely friendships, played some quirky roles, voiced his opinions, and made several sacrifices. Find out what it took for Jim Carrey to rise to the king of the comics.

Quit High School To Work As A Janitor

Jim Carrey’s childhood was flipped upside down when his father lost his job as an accountant. The family was struggling to make ends meet. The family had been living out of a van. Therefore, to help out, Jim Carrey quit school, as soon as he turned 16, and began working as a janitor in a factory. After the family had recuperated some money, Carrey was able to concentrate on comedy.

Two-Face Did Not Like The Riddler

In 1995, Jim Carrey played the Riddler in the Oscar-winning film “Batman Forever”. His fellow villain in the film was Two-Face, played by Tommy Lee Jones. Unfortunately, Tommy did not like Jim. During an interview on the Howard Stern Show, Carrey recalled a time he saw Jones at a restaurant. When Carrey approached Jones, Jones said “I hate you. I really don’t like you…I cannot sanction your buffoonery.”

Rejected From ‘Saturday Night Live’

When he was 18-years-old, Jim Carrey auditioned to become a cast member of “Saturday Night Live”. He had recently worked as the opening act for Rodney Dangerfield, and therefore, had some connections in Hollywood. However, his audition was allegedly not good enough and he was rejected. However, many say his career would not have been as successful had he been accepted.

Has Been Married (& Divorced) Twice

Jim Carrey married Melissa Womer in 1987. Their daughter Jane was born that same year. Unfortunately, they were not meant to be and had a messy divorce in 1995. The following year, he married “Dumb and Dumber” co-star Lauren Holly. This marriage lasted for less than a year, as they divorced in 1997. He has not married since, but has had long term relationships.

Wore Tap Shoes To Bed

Jim Carrey was always a comedian. At a very young age, he realized he was very good at doing impressions as well as stand-up comedy. At age 10, he even sent his resume to Carol Burnett. When his family hit hard times, he was always there to cheer them up. Therefore, just incase his parents needed a laugh in the middle of the night, Jim would wear tap shoes to bed ready for an impromptu performance.

Bombed His First Stand-Up Performance

When Carrey was only 15-years-old, he decided to try his stand-up in front of a live audience. He wore a bright yellow suit with a tail his mother made for him and his father drove him to Toronto. He preformed at Yuk’s Yuk’s comedy club. The audience did not enjoy is act. Despite the failure, Carrey only worked harder and polished his routine.

Pictured On A Canadian Postage Stamp

Jim Carrey was born in Ontario, Canada. In August 2014, Canada issued several commemorative postage stamps honoring Canadian comedians. There were several different photos of Carrey used. Along with a normal portrait, pictures of him in films such as “The Mask”, “Ace Ventura” and “Dumb and Dumber” were also used. The price for the stamp was 85¢.

His Paintings Cost $10,000

Aside from acting, Jim Carrey has a passion for art. He has always drawn since he was child, but today he gravitates towards creating paintings on canvas. Carrey recently held a showing of his painting in Vegas. The exhibit cost “$10,000 per couple—that’s for two people to attend. Entire amount applied toward Jim Carrey artwork of your choice.” Many celebs are also fans of his work, such as basketball star Lebron James.

Some Of The Best Scenes In “Dumb and Dumber” Were Ad Libbed

The 1994 film “Dumb and Dumber” follows the cross-country adventure of two very idiotic friends, Harry and Lloyd. Harry was played by Jeff Daniels and Lloyd was played by Jim Carrey. The two were a perfect duo. In real life, the two are smart, talented actors. Therefore, after doing 2 takes of every scene, the director would let them ad lib the scene. Some of the most memorable scenes were ad-libbed in the film such the “wanna hear the movie annoying sound in the world?” scene.

He Doesn’t Do Sequels

Jim Carrey has played several hilarious characters that have done very well at the box office. However, he has only portrayed two characters in a sequel, Lloyd Christmas and Ace Ventura. Carrey said “I find sequels are a function of commerce for the most part. At least the two I’ve done, they were characters I enjoyed doing, but I did find myself almost parroting myself at that point. When you put 10 years between you and the last time you did it, suddenly you’re going, ‘How did I do that again?’… So, you’re imitating your original inspiration. It was super fun with Jeff, but I’m not a crazy sequel guy.”

Blamed Tiger Wood’s Wife For Tiger’s Infidelity

Jim Carrey has never held back with his opinions. With social media, it makes it very easy for him to reach out to millions. When news broke about Tiger Woods infidelity, Carrey certainly gave his input. He took to twitter and wrote “No wife is blind enough to miss that much infidelity. Elin had 2 b a willing participant on the ride 4 whatever reason.”

Went To A Gay Bar With Ewan McGregor

In 2009, Jim Carrey starred alongside, Ewan McGregor in “I Love You Phillip Morris”. The films is about a con man who goes to prison and falls in love with another inmate. In order to prepare for their roles, Carrey and McGregor went to a gay bar. Carrey called his experience on Inside the Actor’s Studio. “We went into this one club, and Ewan walked in there and he went, ‘I’m gonna get my ear pierced cause I saw a piercing place and tattoo place down the road… I remember just being like, ‘Yeah! Method! Alright!'” Carrey said. “He came back like 15 minutes later and said, ‘What do ya think?!,’ like that and the whole bar turned to him and went, ‘It’s the wrong side!’ He got the wrong side pierced.”

Being Sued On “Wrongful Death”

Jim Carrey dated Cathriona White in 2012. Sadly, Cathriona committed suicide in 2015. Cathriona’s estranged husband and her mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey. The two claim that Carrey had purposefully hid that fact that he had STDs from Cathriona, as well as helped Cathriona get the drugs she used to commit suicide. The trial is set for April 2018.

First Actor To Make $20m For One Role

The early 90s were a huge success for Jim Carrey. He appeared in several box office hit films such as “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “Batman Forever”. Coming off such successful films, Carrey was a hugely sought after actor in Hollywood. In 1996, he played the title role of “The Cable Guy”. For his performance, he was paid $20 million. It was the highest paycheck any comic actor had received until that point.

Ace Ventura Catch Phrase Development

Jim Carrey’s breakout film role was in 1994’s “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”. Carrey played a wacky detective who specialized in animals. Jim Carrey truly brought the character to life with strange mannerisms and catch phrases. However, he didn’t create this personality for Ace Ventura. It had actually already been previously created for a sketch in In Living Color, known as Overly Confident Gay Man. Even his catch phrase “Alllllrighty then!” was pulled from the sketch.

Big Supporter Of The Anti-Vaccination Movement

Jenny McCarthy is known for being a outspoken anti-vaxxer. Therefore, it is no surprise that she also taught long-time boyfriend, Jim Carrey some of her ideas. For many years, Jim Carrey has been very vocal about his opinions on vaccinations. However, he does not fully believe in anti-vaccine, but rather anti-mercury and anti-thimerosal in vaccines.

Could Have Played Willy Wonka & Jack Sparrow

By the time “The Pirates of the Caribbean” was being cast, Jim Carrey was already a huge comedic star known for his peculiar roles. Therefore, he was a perfect fit for the role of Captain Jack Sparrow. A few years later, he was also considered for the role of Willy Wonka in “Charlie in the Chocolate Factory”. However, ultimately both roles were given to Johnny Depp.

Friends With Tupac

Tupac Shakur is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He made his fame through explicit lyrics in his rap songs that conveyed the struggles he faced in daily life. He was raised amongst violence so that was much of all he knew. He began rapping and headed slowly into fame, on the way making friends with celebs like Jim Carrey. However, he landed himself in jail. During his time in jail, Jim Carrey would write him humorous letters to make him laugh. After Tupac was released, he told his agent he was going to clean up his act.

Battles Trump Through Cartoons & Twitter

Jim Carrey is not a fan of the Trump administration and he makes that known. As he is also an artist, he draws political cartoons to give his commentary on political matters. Furthermore, he tweets those cartoons so the whole world can see them. In an interview with W magazine, Carrey said “Every day at some point there’s pretty much a peaceful acceptance of what’s going on in my life right now, but I do also tune in to the Republican—what could I call on it?—war on logic, intelligence, and compassion at least once a day.”

He Predicted The Future

Jim Carrey has always considered himself a visual actor. Therefore, in order to visualize success, when he was struggling in Hollywood, he wrote himself a check for $10 million for “acting services rendered”. He held onto the check for many years. Seven years later he was able to cash it.