Once a perennial red-carpet fixture, actor Jim Carrey has been shying away from the spotlight over the last couple of years. But his latest interview, at Venice Film Festival, has made headlines again – mainly because it’s really bloody weird.
Carrey was appearing at the festival to speak about his 1999 film Man on the Moon – but clearly he had other things on his mind.
“There’s no meaning to any of this,” he told incredibly and very understandably bemused E! News presenter Catt Sadler. “I just wanted to find the most meaningless thing that I could come to and join, and here I am. You've got to admit, this is completely meaningless.”
When Sadler informed him the party was intended to “celebrate icons”, Carrey had a suitably cutting response, saying that the theme was “the lowest aiming possibility that we could come up with”.
“I don’t believe in icons. I don’t believe in personalities. I believe that peace lies beyond personality, beyond invention and disguise. I believe we’re a field of energy dancing for itself. And I don’t care.”
He went on to discuss his fairly snazzy suit, claiming that he “didn’t get dressed up” because “there is no me”.
“There is no me. There are just things happening… Here’s the thing, it’s not our world. We don’t matter, there’s the good news.”
Unsurprisingly, the video is going viral – E! News posted it yesterday, and it already has more than 16 million views. The comments, however, are something else, with a lot of people coming out in support of Carrey, claiming he has clearly had some kind of spiritual awakening.
“Jim Carrey is amazing,” says one commenter, “and the interviewer, whoever she is ( because she definitely does not matter to Me ) needs to slapped in the face for looking at him like he is crazy just because she is too brainwashed to understand him.”
Another adds: “My absolute favourite celebrity. He's so awake and conscious and yet everyone dismisses him as a crazy person these days. Nah man, he's just levelled up spiritually. He's hitting us with the truth. All these people saying he's on drugs but like dudes, this is what happens when you have a spiritual awakening. You either understand and appreciate his mind or you're still asleep. It's that simple.”
You do you, Jim Carrey. You do you.