Talking about outlier roles, what about Jim Carrey in Dark Crimes? The reviews might not be good, but the role is certainly interesting.
Hey, remember the 90s? If you’re a long-time fan of Jim Carrey, then you surely remember his iconic roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Mask (1994), and Dumb and Dumber (1994), to name a few. By utilizing his improvisational background in the sketch comedy series In Living Color, Carrey produced some of cinema’s most memorable characters, only to abandon his particular brand of comedy for more challenging roles. Sure, films like The Truman Show (1998) and Man on the Moon (1999) feature some comedy, but they’re more about showcasing Carrey’s versatility. Carrey was indeed looking to establish a comedic legacy during the early 90s, but he ultimately developed a distinctly different mentality as time progressed. Now, he’s less concerned about societal expectations, and more interested in fulfilling his creative aspirations. This video essay highlights a small part of the journey, and how Carrey transformed from a comedy icon into an industry outlier.
Want more from great performers who broke barriers? Check out our video about why we love Eddie Murphy. And while you’re there, why not watch our video on Bryan Cranston who, like Carrey, started out in comedy before transitioning to more intense roles.