JIM CARREY: A Comic Chameleon

Robert Kent

Jim Carrey is one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy stars ever

However, this amazingly talented actor was born and raised in Canada. He started his show business career at the age of 15. He began entertaining audiences in comedy clubs in Toronto. He quickly became known as a stand-up comic with a real talent foroff-beat humour. In 1981 Carrey moved to Los Angeles where he performed regularly at the famous Comedy Store. A year later he took the starring role in an American television series called Duck Factory. At the same time he appeared in his first film, a vampire comedy called First Bitten.

Ace Ventura American audiences then saw Carrey on television in 1994 in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. As Ventura, Carrey created an unforgettable sleuth tracking down animals rather than people in the urban jungle of modern America. A year later Carrey launched this character in the first of the Ace Ventura films and established himself instantly as a world-wide box office megastar. He has never been anything else since. The Mask Carrey then achieved a cult status with his next film, The Mask. Here Carrey plays a character whose conservative approach to life is turned inside out when he puts on a magical mask. Carrey’s face in this film is as magical as his character’s mask. It is better than almost anything ever drawn in a comic book. Liar, Liar Carrey’s next blockbuster comedy, Dumb and Dumber, took him to even greater success in 1995. This film was voted ‘Favourite Film’ in the USA by The People’s Choice Awards. And then, in 1997, Carrey achieved the impossible. He bettered all his previous performances on the silver screen. In Liar, Liar he plays a silver-tongued lawyer to whom lying is a way of life. The lawyer’s world is turned upside down when his son’s birthday wish forces him to tell the truth and nothing but the truth - for a full 24 hours. Carrey’s character creates chaos all around him and life will never be the same again. The Truman Show And with The Truman Show, Carrey ensures his place for ever in the comedy superstar hall of fame. In this movie Carrey plays Truman Burbank. Burbank sees himself as a totally average man who, at thirty, is totally content with his lot in life. However, a number of strange events makes Burbank wonder if life in the picture-perfect town of Seahaven is all that it seems. In fact, without knowing it, Burbank is the star of The Truman Show, the most popular and longest running documentary-soap opera on American television. Seahaven is, in fact, nothing more than a giant film set. Everyone Burbank meets is really a paid actor. Fly-on-the-wall cameras capture every second of Burbank’s existence on earth. The result is wonderfully funny. In this world-within-a-world, Carrey creates a character whose experiences reflect all the tensions, fears and hopes of modern man at the end of the twentieth century. In this sense, Carrey’s character is a True Man who speaks to us all. There is no doubt that The Truman Show is set to become a classic of comedy and one of the best films of all time.
Source: English Digest

6. destiny (suerte.This film was voted 'Favourite Film' in the USA.In this film Carrey was a detective who tracked down people's pets. 3. disarranged (se le viene abajo) chaos: state of extreme confusion and disorder (caos) content: satisfied.In this film. destino) film set: where films are made (estudio de cine) fly-on-the-wall cameras: monitoring cameras(cámaras sorpresa que monitorean la vida de una persona) READING COMPREHENSION ACTIVITY TRY TO IDENTIFY THE TITLES OF THE FOLLOWING MOVIES WHICH STAR JIM CARREY. 2. 4. de pie) off-beat: [informal term] strikingly unconventional(nada convencional) sleuth: detective (detective) is turned inside out: is reversed (se da vuelta) a blockbuster: an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel) (un éxito de taquilla) silver-tongued: someone who talks fast and skilfully (locuaz) is turned upside down: is disturbed.GLOSSARY stand-up: working standing (que trabaja solo.Carrey plays a character whose conservative approach to life changes when he puts on a magical mask.This film was a comedy about a vampire. 5. 1. showing satisdaction with things as they are (satisfecho) lot: fate. the character played by Carrey is the star of a soap opera. . In this film Jim Carrey plays the part of a lying lawyer who is forced to tell the truth for 24 hours.

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