Jim Carrey has plenty of classics to his name, but there’s one underrated comedy that stands out as a favorite. Find out below:
The comedy underwent individual evolution with the arrival of Carrey. Ace Ventura: animal detective, The mask and Stupid and even dumber on their own would make anyone a star, but this back-to-back run brought him unprecedented fame.
For any child born in the 90s, his filmography was essential viewing. For me he will always be Lloyd Christmas, but for today’s generation of young people he is Dr Robotnik, the mustachioed villain of Sonic.
Carrey is back in Sonic the hedgehog 2. Although he was stranded on the mushroom planet at the end of the first movie, the blue speedster’s nemesis is back with a “brand new mustache” and an accomplice: a red echidna with spiky fists known as the Knuckles. .
To mark the release of the sequel, LADbible sat down to chat with Carrey about the film and his career.
Sonic’s success on the big screen is a rare feat, given the fleeting past success of video game movies. Carrey’s involvement is particularly special, however, as it will no doubt be an introduction to his talents for some kids going to the movies this weekend.
When asked to choose a film to hand over to younger generations to really prepare them for the rest of his work, he said: “Boy, that’s hard – because it’s like Sophie’s Choice, man. These are all my babies.”
Carrey has made films specifically designed for children, whether the grinch, Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Dr. Seuss’ Horton hears a whoWhere Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
With the exception of the grinch, these are not the films you think of most instantly when you hear his name. On this occasion, when nature called, Ace Ventura came to mind.
He said: “I think if you want to get to the heart of the most spirited, carefree performance I’ve ever done, you have to go to Ace Ventura.
“Whatever it is, and I think it gave people a certain sense of freedom from reality, so I would probably go there.
Carrey went on to explain which of his films he considered a favorite.
“I have some weird favorites that may not be for kids, but cable guy is one of my favorite movies,” he said.
cable guy was released in 1996, starring Carrey as Ernie ‘Chip’ Douglas, the incumbent cable operator.
The film follows the devastation faced by Matthew Broderick’s Steven M. Kovacs when he rejects Chip’s friendship.
Although still a box office hit, it was met with much more mixed reviews among critics, most of whom seemed divided over the film’s darker tone. It is now rightly recognized as a cult classic and one of Carrey’s finest works.
“I think Ben Stiller has done an amazing job, and it’s populated by the greatest comedy actors of our time as they were just beginning to come into their own. I love that character. That character is us all: we were all raised by television,” Carrey said.
sonic the hedgehog 2 hits cinemas Friday April 1 in the UK and Friday April 8 in the US.