In Mr. Popper’s Penguins (June 17), Jim Carrey plays a character who seems to be an amalgam of some of his most popular previous roles: A heartless s.o.b. (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), who’s a lackluster dad (Liar, Liar), who ends up co-habitating with wild animals (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective). At least his new pets’ heads aren’t falling off (Dumb & Dumber)!
Carrey’s portrayal of Tom Popper probably isn’t the one to finally earn him that Oscar nomination he’s long deserved. In fact, the role seems like a throwback to his earlier, more manic work that once helped him become the highest-paid actor in the business. In the 17 years since the first Ace Ventura, Carrey has starred in some of the biggest comedies of all time, while also distinguishing himself in several revered dramedies that demonstrated a willingness to dig deep — most recently in I Love You Phillip Morris. While more sophisticated moviegoers might prefer his more subdued work in films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, his most iconic roles are undeniably his ssssssssmmmokin’ performances where he practically leaps off the screen.
To each their own. But we’d like to hear which Jim Carrey character is your favorite: Truman Burbank or Stanley Ipkiss? Andy Kaufman or Lloyd Christmas? Vote below.