Jim Carrey, behind the mask

26 September 2022
There's more to Jim Carrey than just being a funny man.
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For decades he made many roar with laughter, but does anyone really know the man behind the funny façade? Let us fill you in.

Difficult childhood

When his family fell on hard times, Carrey had to drop out of school. To make ends meet, he worked an eight-hour shift as a janitor and security guard. Disliking the job, Carrey struggled to cope with what was happening around him.

Battle with depression

Growing up with an ill mother and an unemployed father, Carrey became depressed. As a result of his depression, he was on and off medication for years.

Sued over former girlfriend's suicide

In 2015, Carrey's ex-girlfriend Cathriona White was found dead from a prescription drug overdose, and Carrey faced a death lawsuit. He described the lawsuit as a heartless attempt to exploit him and the woman he loved.

Inspired by his childhood fears

Carrey worked on a children's book titled How Roland Rolls. According to reports, the book was a result of his childhood fears. His parents faced a lot of struggles that scarred him. His mother and father were alcoholics, and Carrey feared they would die.

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Carrey is more than just the funny characters he plays. Despite making a name for himself with his comedic, rubber-faced roles, in the late ‘90s and early 2000s he started showing a more serious side to his career with moving performances in The Truman Show, Man on the Moon, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

This Sunday he returns to his funny side. Catch Jim Carrey in the sequel, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 this Sunday at 20:05 CAT on M-Net 101 or after the movie with catch-up on DStv. You can find us on @mnetmovies on Twitter, @MNet on Facebook, and @mnettv on Instagram.