Today Jim Carrey turns 50 years old, and the rubber-faced fartsmith has been delighting millions since we first saw him on The Duck Factory. Or was it Once Bitten with Lauren Hutton? Or Fox's In Living Color? The man had a lot of career stops and starts before he started speaking out of his butt cheeks in 1994's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
I count myself as one of those millions who grew up with Carrey, from the Ventura movies, Dumb & Dumber, his turn as the Riddler in Batman Forever, and onto Man On The Moon, which saw him inhabit the spirit of his hero, auteur Andy Kaufman. There was nothing he could do wrong.
Who could forget The Mask, the last and only movie where Cameron Diaz was attractive? I even loved The Cable Guy, when everyone called it over-reaching garbage. I was 13 at the time, but still...
A Bruce Almighty 2 is currently in the works -supposedly - for Carrey in the next few years. This one would be a direct sequel to the first film, and not a spin-off like Evan Almighty in 2007.
For every Carrey hit (Liar, Liar) and horrific miss (The Number 23) there have been plenty of movies that his name has been attached to that never quite made it past the development stages. Their IMDB entries were deleted and they went back into cold storage for the next comedian to come along and swing at. These movies may happen eventually, but probably not with Carrey himself on board.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
First made in 1947 with Danny Kaye, Walter Mitty would have had Carrey in the title role as the daydreaming writer. With a modern update to say, a blogger, it could have worked. But yet another remake?
The concept of a hypnotist who has special powers onstage but ends up losing them through a twist of fate sounds awfully like Liar, Liar or Yes Man...
At one point Steven Spielberg and Carrey were to team up for a remake of Jimmy Stewart's imaginary talking rabbit comedy.
The story of a "self-indulgent French nihilist who transports a stolen painting from Paris to London" may be a stretch for Carrey's usual audience, but with a hipster-friendly patina to it could be an art-house hit.
This one showed promise when it was first bandied about, that would have had Carrey and Ben Stiller as "two obsolete pleasure clones who have a tough time making it in a futuristic world," sort of like Westworld or Logan's Run we assume.
Hurry up, before Kanye West swoops up the rights to make his own version. Technology seems to me at least to be moving too fast to make a Jetsons film, considering most of the stuff in the animated series has come to pass.
Dumb And Dumber 2
I can't imagine Lloyd and Harry in middle-age, now nearly 20 years since the first D&D in 1994. They would have easily died by now, or at least gotten married and started families. But most likely they would be dead.
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
This biopic on Robert Ripley is now getting a new script from Eric Roth and is slated for 2017, five years from now. Depending on the film, Carrey could be too old to play Ripley. Tim Burton and Chris Columbus were each slated to be directing the movie since it was announced in 2006. I was the most high on this picture, being a lifelong fan of the Ripley museums and books.
In today's musical-friendly climate, another go at this Faustian baseball comedy would probably hit well with audiences, especially with younger, fun actors pitted against Carrey.
The Incredible Mr. Limpet
In recent years Carrey has been fond of acting with small children and animals, so this remake of Don Knotts' 1964 sublime Limpet would probably be good family fair, especially with the military angle.
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