JIM CARREY COMES UNDONE

What would you teach if you were able to teach?
Carrey: What would I teach? Sex education. Okay, edit, edit, edit the first three answers. (Laughs) I think humanity. No, probably art. Art would be it. Yeah. It’d be pretty strange, too. Francis Bacon… ‘Okay, look kids.’

On another note, how important is music in your life? Are you into more popular music and if you are, what bands?
Carrey: It’s nice the way you approached that question, ‘On another note…’ Yes, I love music. I’ve always loved music. My father is a sax clarinet player and so we grew up with all the big band stuff playing around the house. Even my daughter is very much into jazz. She comes over to my house and puts Miles Davis on and you know, she’s 15 years old, it’s ridiculous, you know? So she knows more about it than I do. And when she’d visit me in New York we’d go to the Lenox Lounge in Harlem and watch jazz players and stuff, which is cool because at this point I get to do the same thing my dad did for me, which was, when I was 15 I was into comedy so he used to take me downtown to Yuk Yuks which was on Church Street at that time. It’s like two lanes of a bowling alley with like 100 tragically hip people basically cursing everyone on stage and he used to take me there when I was 15 years old and I was like, ‘Oh, I can’t believe I’m here’ and now I get to do it back. It’s kind of wonderful. But musically, I like everything. I like some of the hip-hop stuff that’s happening. I like anything that’s kind of like an honest to goodness expression, you know? Like Missy Elliott. I think she’s cool.
Shadyac: He likes the Vines.
Carrey: Ah, the Vines. The Vines are great. A lot of the new stuff, it’s good.

What was the last CD you bought?
Carrey: Last CD? Oh, the last CD I bought was the White Stripes. Very cool. Very oddly, wonderfully, complexly crude. Great. I love it.

Why them?
Carrey: I like girls and boys together. Reminds me of the Partridge Family.

Jim, you mentioned you’ve had this under the radar kind of career and during these past couple of weeks, as I’ve been flipping through the channels, I’ve seen you in “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Once Bitten,” a movie I never saw in the theaters. You were the lead in that. What do you think when you look back and see those types of movies before Jim Carrey was really Jim Carrey?
Carrey: Oh, it’s interesting to look back. I mean, geez, it’s just desperation, total desperation. But that hasn’t changed that much. It’s just fun to watch it because, as I said, I’ve always been in this wonderful place. I’m not saying it’s a bad place to be under the radar– it’s a wonderful place actually, not to be the person that everybody plays out until they get tired of them and don’t want them anymore. I like to be a nice hors douvres or something like that. Just something that you simply like all the time. Just whenever it comes out it’s kind of special and that’s cool. In “In Living Color,” I was fortunate enough to have a vehicle where I didn’t play a character that was one thing all the time, so that I became that character. At the Comedy Store I got known for doing impressions and so I stopped doing that because I saw where it was leading. Because I did that, I was able to excel to another level without being known as the comic impressionist. It was weird because in Toronto that was what I was when I started out, right? I was going to be the next Rich Little.

The variety club luncheon.
Carrey: Yes, it’s amazing. So, I don’t know if that answers your question, but I like the pocket I’m in. It’s a good place. It’s a place that feels like it’s not tired, you know?

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