In the last year, Jim Carrey has once again asked us to take him seriously as an artist. Instead of chasing an Oscar, directing an indie movie, or writing a forgettable novel like other celebrities seeking new avenues of creative expression, the rubber-faced comedian has used his Twitter feed to post outlandish, brightly colored paintings that attempt to grapple with the current political moment and ask "deep" metaphysical questions. One recent work features President Donald Trump eating ice cream and rubbing his nipples. More than 20 years after Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Jim Carrey is still talking out of his butt for our amusement.
Along with the recent Netflix documentary Jim & Andy, which contrasts present-day interviews of the bearded comedian with footage from the shoot of his Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon, these paintings have shifted the public perception of the star. He's faced personal and professional challenges in recent years -- the death of his ex-girlfriend and a wrongful death lawsuit made headlines -- and he's emerged rawer, stranger. The Canadian-born comic, who first broke out as the go-for-broke goofy white guy on the '90s sketch comedy hit In Living Color, appears to be taking stock of his legacy and creative output. With each bizarre interview and new art project, he seems to be asking the same question: What does it mean to be Jim Carrey right now?
And, more specifically, what does it mean to be a Jim Carrey fan? That's what we're here to take a look at. For a long period, he was perhaps the most bankable actor on the planet, the type of draw who could woo a mass audience with a movie as bizarre as The Cable Guy or as silly as Dumb and Dumber, but his creative decisions in the last decade have been less inspiring. (The exception: Kidding, his weird, watchable Showtime series reuniting him with his Eternal Sunshine director Michel Gondry.) Each individual Jim Carrey film might not be smoookin', but together they form a self-portrait that's more compelling than any of his paintings.