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Jim Carrey on His Latest NFT Art and Working With The Weeknd11 Aug 2022
By Tommy Pihl (Editor-in-Chief)
In a new interview with ET's Lauren Zima, Jim Carrey talk about his latest work.
"He’s an incredible guy," Jim told ET of the performer, "an incredible artist and a lovely person, and I feel very lucky to be his friend."
Jim narrated three songs on the studio album, Dawn FM, which was released in January, and also appeared in the music video for "Out of Time," in which the pair shared a "full-circle" moment when Jim appeared in a hospital setting to put an ominous mask on the performer's face.
"The Mask was the very first movie he ever saw and kind of inspired him to want to be in this thing," Jim said. "And boy, did he ever get in this thing in a big way... He put it to me that he was doing this thing that was the radio station in purgatory, and I didn't want to work and I was like, 'I love you, but I don't want to do any work.'"
"And then I started waking up in the middle of the night -- which is what happens with me, I play in the middle of the night -- and I start spitting bars, of all things, for god's sake," he recalled. "It was really funny because I fully left it to him... I said to him, 'Use nothing at all or use a line here and there, if you want to, but I don't have to be in it, whatever.' He said, 'No it's fire, you gotta do this,' and gave me a really beautiful place on the album, so I’m so gratified."
The Weeknd certainly isn't the only person Jim Carrey has influenced throughout his storied career. Many of his early comedies have made the transition from box office hits to generational classics, including Liar Liar, which celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year.
"It's funny, because a lot of these films, at the time they just seemed like wacky comedies, and yet, they all had a thought behind [them], they all had a purpose behind them," Jim reflected. "Even Dumb and Dumber had a purpose, in my mind, behind it in showing the infallibility of innocence."
"I don't look back a lot, but when I get reminded generally, what I think of is the wonderful relationships I had at the time, you know?" he shared. "Tom Shadyac, who directed some my greatest work early on, we're still good friends, and Steve Oedekerk... he's responsible for a great deal of my success, and of course, Cary Elwes, who's one of my best friends."
In recent years, Jim has branched out from mainstream comedy and his television and film projects to share his fine art creations on social media -- which have now expanded to include his own NFT creations on the SuperRare marketplace.
"What's wonderful about all of this art business is I've come full circle to realize that the simplest aspect of art is that you create this image or this invention on a canvas, which to me represents consciousness," he explained. "In a fun way, this is kind of like an analogous thing to do, you know, to all of my beliefs... It's great -- I don't have to just be one thing, I can be a billion things."
"It's really wonderful and it doesn't take too much time and it just hopefully touches people and they walk away going like, 'Oh, that was cool,' you know?" he added. "And I don't have to spend four months in a character... which can be taxing. I am willing to do it, but it can make a head case out of somebody."
Carrey's latest NFT piece, titled Goon in Moonlight, is set to be minted on Monday, Aug. 8, with a 24-hour countdown to the auction, which begins on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET and runs through Thursday, Aug. 11, with a reserve price of $50,000. A portion of the proceeds will benefit World Central Kitchen.
The piece is described as "a contemplative vignette involving a wide combination of Carrey’s talents, including drawing, painting, digital enhancement, writing and vocal performance art. The themes explored in this piece are both touching and universal and are a reflection of the thought-provoking process that went into its creation."
"Our consciousness is so compelling at times," Carrey shared with ET, noting that Goon in Moonlight also plays on the concept of memories, both good and bad.
"Memory is there to remind you," he noted. "It's kind of part of what the ego plays with... The creative process for me is, I don't care what it is, I want to show all shades of light and darkness and just express things from a place where I don't even know where it's coming from. Goon in Moonlight happened spontaneously -- I didn't even know what I was gonna paint and what I painted was my subconscious and unconscious mind and those feelings of alienation, which everybody feels... Everybody is the goon at some point in their lives."
As for the donation to World Central Kitchen, Jim said simply, "I believe in feeding people."
"I've seen a lot of people with a lot of food insecurity in the last few years," he added. "When the COVID hit, when everything was really upside down, a lot of people lost their their means of support and their way to get meals, to get food. This company does a beautiful job of, you know, providing relief where it's necessary."
Watch the full interview here:
We at JCO will keep you updated as more news come.
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