Jim Carrey started off by doing just impressions and stand-up in the 1980s but then became one of the most recognizable people in the world of entertainment. The 55-year-old Canadian actor is now a comedian, impressionist, screenwriter and producer.
Catching the attention with his silly comedy, he basically moved from the stage to the big screen. He made a big name for himself in hit comedies like Dumb & Dumber, Liar Liar, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective etc.
But in the recent years, things took a darker turn. With a series of unsuccessful movies and then personal losses including the death of his ex girlfriend and battles with depression, Jim Carrey stayed away from the public eye. You can see exactly what he has been up to all this time, in a new short documentary.
Titled “I Needed Color”, the short documentary takes us to the behind-the-scenes creative process of his private hobby: painting. We have never seen this side of the comedian before, but the world is now discovering yet another field that this amazing guy is talented in.
The actor has enjoyed art from an early age. Everything started from painting in his studio, and the work began to take over his life.
“When I really started painting a lot, I had become so obsessed that there was nowhere to move in my home. Paintings were everywhere. They were becoming a part of the furniture, I was eating on them. I like the independence of it. I love the freedom of it – no one else tells me what I can or can’t do”
Carrey had been sketching since he was a little child, but the hobby became seriously addictive in the last few years.
“I sketched all the time, but I didn’t do a lot of painting,” he explains, “Suddenly, six years ago, at a time when I was trying to heal a broken heart, I decided – maybe I’ll paint.”
The documentary was uploaded onto Vimeo last month and now has nearly five million viewers and 12,000 likes. But it doesn’t all end here, towards the end of September he will be showing his work at a gallery in Las Vegas.
The show will be called “Sunshower: Another Side of Jim Carrey” and the art will be shown at Signature Galleries on September 23. If you want to know more about the exhibition, you can read on the website.