12.1.18

Jim Carrey's Mental Health



Jim Carrey's an interesting character. His roles frequently seem to revolve around mental illness. He's the go-to guy for "crazy".

There's: the eccentric "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective", the Jekyll and Hyde split personality of "The Mask", the delusional paranoid of "The Truman Show", the amnesiac of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", the Andy Kaufman reconstruction of "Man on the Moon" and the seeming ECT casualty of "Dumb and Dumber" - and that's just the ones I've seen.

I was really intrigued to find this first, slightly disturbing, video which shows him deeply engrossed in conspiracy theories. In the second Carrey reveals he understands acting itself as a pathological activity and character formation as arbitrary.

I like him very much but he's a long-way short of his stated ambition to shed his ego. In the third video it's funny how he skewers the audience at the 2016 Golden Globes and deprecates Hollywood's ambitions - but it's the kind of speech that he could only make in the context of his own splendor. Imagine for a moment that the introductory voice said: "Ladies and Gentlemen - please welcome the has-been Jim Carrey."