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Jim Carrey at Crossroads

Jim Carrey at Crossroads

Thompson on Hollywood

Jim Carrey’s A Christmas Carol and Yes Man were box-office disappointments and indie gay romance I Love You Philip Morris is currently on the shelf, caught in a distribution quagmire. What should the 48-year-old comedian do? In my ongoing Inside Movies column, I take a look at his career, from Ace Ventura to a bunch of projects that are in stall mode, from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (with Chris Columbus at Paramount) and The Three Stooges (stuck in development at beleaguered MGM) to Damn Yankees –Todd Graff is doing a rewrite and is set to direct for producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

What’s going on? As Hollywood’s star system falls apart, Carrey’s trying to keep his act together.

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I agree with Brian. He’s almost 50 years old. Expand more into supporting roles, show a wider range of parts. Who knows? There could be a best supporting actor Oscar in his future And as he said as well it’s not like he needs the money.

Dennis Cozzalio

Anne, is it simply that whoever is on or off the distribution deal for I LOVE YOU, PHILIP MORRIS is afraid not only of the subject matter, but of what Carrey actually does in the movie? I’ve seen it a couple of times now and it’s a terrific movie, probably the best thing Carrey’s done since his Farrelly Brothers days, though those expecting a romp on that order will likely be disappointed. It’d be a shame to see this one sink.


He should do what Bill Murray does and appear in comic supporting roles for non-blockbuster filmmakers. He doesn’t HAVE to be a star all his life. Esp. now that comedies tend to have ensemble casts. I mean, it’s not like Carrey hasn’t made enough money to keep him comfortable forever.

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