This weekend Jim Carrey returns to the big screen in his first film in nearly three years: the eagerly awaited “Sonic the Hedgehog” feature. Will his work as Dr. Ivo Robotnik live-up to his some of all-timers? I’m not “Kidding” when I tell you that these are my favorite Jim Carrey performances:
THE ONE AND ONLY TRUMAN BURBANK
It’s one of my absolute favorite films that still holds-up more than 20 years later. Peter Weir’s look at reality television before “Reality TV” was even a thing is utterly fascinating and powerful. Carrey pours it all on with his most layered and mesmerizing work.
AS A CAST OF CHARACTERS
Carrey is one of the go-to guys when it comes to pulling-off multiple characters – or multiple versions of a character – in a film. His range is so electric that you can buy – and sometimes truly believe – him in more than one role. Both “Lemony Snicket” and “A Christmas Carol” are imperfect takes on their well-regarded source material, but you can’t fault Carrey for giving it his all.
I wasn’t a huge fan of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” when I was younger. In the few times I’ve re-watched parts or all of it over the years, I’ve become more appreciative of what Carrey was able to do with Count Olaf and his many theatrical alter egos. And when it comes to the surprisingly dark Mouse House take on “A Christmas Carol”, Carrey was at the forefront of the modern motion capture technology phenomenon embodying Ebenezer Scrooge and all three Ghosts of Christmas.
IN THE ROLES OF… AWARDS SHOW PRESENTER & WINNER
Anytime you get Carrey on stage – you’re in for some big laughs. Over the years, Carrey has poked fun at his Oscar snubs and famously his two Golden Globes… yearning for a third. His speeches and presenting bits are full-on routines, and among the best from our top comic actors.