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It's been 23 years since Jim Carrey won over move-goers with The Mask, and after his recent red carpet interview outside of a New York Fashion Week party, one might easily assume the actor had stumbled across another kind of persona-altering artifact. E! News' Catt Sadler attempted to get some straightforward comments from Carrey, who appeared to be far more interested in waxing existential, starting off by basically saying the event was most completely meaningless event that he could be present for. And when Sadler brought up that they were celebrating icons, the actor got even more conversationally tangential.
Celebrating icons! Boy, that is just the lowest aiming possibility that we could come up with. It's like, icons. Do you believe in icons? I don't believe in personalities. I don't believe that you exist, but there is a wonderful fragrance in the air. [James Brown impersonation] 'On the good foot!' 'He shot her down, now!' [regular voice] Yeah, no, I don't believe in icons. I don't believe in personalities. I believe that peace lies beyond personality. Beyond invention in disguise. Beyond the red "S" that you wear on your chest that makes bullets bounce off. I believe that it's deeper than that. I believe we're a field of energy dancing for itself. And, uh, I don't care.
One could attempt to nail down the most bizarre moment within just that brief flurry of quotes, but it might prove to be an eternal challenge, akin to Sisyphus pushing a giant ball of weirdo comments up a mountain. It also didn't help that Jim Carrey started off the E! News interview by walking circles around Catt Sadler for a few seconds.
For one, he tells Sadler that he doesn't think she exists, which is a pretty amazing quote both in and out of context. Even without any bong tokes, I can gather his overall point there, that we're all just a bunch of atoms cobbled together. But that point is undoubtedly made less clear when he interrupted himself to throw some James Brown into the mix. His later comments were somewhat related to the commencement speech he gave in 2014 at the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, which promotes lTranscendental Meditation and the development of the self. Easy to see why he would hit up those thoughts during this quasi-rant.
After he stated he didn't care, Catt Sadler attempted to steer the conversation by asking about him getting dressed up to come out. And his response ramped up the weirdness once more before he made his exit.
I didn't get dressed up. I didn't get dressed up. There is no me. There is just things happening. And there are clusters of tetrahedrons moving around together. . . . Here's the thing. It's not our world. That's the key. We don't matter! That's the good news.
We've been wondering for a while now what the key was, assuming that tetrahedrons had to be involved. And now we know it's that this isn't our world. It all makes sense now, right? Right?
While it's hard to tell if he's just offering up deadpan satire, or something more legitimately zen, you can check out the interview below. Because why wouldn't you want to see this?
Jim Carrey has been making us laugh for decades with his zany roles and his stellar talent for slapstick comedy, not to mention his pretty stellar dramatic roles. But in recent years, the actor has been known for other things, including a controversial situation involving the death of an ex-girlfriend, as well as teaming up with former girlfriend Jenny McCarthy to speak out against vaccinations. All in all, this seems like the kind of interview that he would have given while promoting his Andy Kaufman performance in Man on the Moon. So perhaps it's no coincidence that the Venice Film Festival was home to the premiere of a documentary about Carrey's performance in that movie, called Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond -- The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. (Yes, that's the full title.)