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Postby cotton » Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:49 am

From www.guardian.co.uk The direct link does not work so I copied and pasted the full interview here

This much I know Jim Carrey, actor, 46, Los Angeles Interview by Tony

Horkins The Observer, Sunday October 19 2008 Article history

It's such arrogance that human beings think we're the point. I always thought we were just a speck - you see those pictures from the Mars Rover and you go: 'Speck!' There are ants on my property that think they own it, that they have the deeds.

I'm part of the Canadian mafia. We're a dangerous bunch - ex-hockey players most of us, easily riled.

I'm proud of all of my work, but proud is not really the word. It's like having children: you can't take credit for them - you know, God makes great kids. If you're part of something that's really beautiful, like Eternal Sunshine, you don't feel a sense of ownership about it, you just go: 'I was really lucky to be there.'

When I had dinner with Anthony Hopkins he asked me about Ace Ventura, and I said: 'What I was trying to do was be a bird. I was not trying to be human.' And he said, 'Oh my God, that's what I did with Hannibal. I was a tarantula and a crocodile.'

Acting is very cathartic - for an audience, too. They get to go, 'Oh yeah, I feel that too. Now I don't have to go beat up a bunch of people because Bruce Willis did it for me.'

Comedic actors can be looked at as a lower form because we have to put ourselves in a lower place than most of the audience. I think lofty emotions are somehow considered more special. The best stories in the world to me are the ones that elicit a real emotion, but have humour.

Dr Seuss is a child's version of punk. It's alternative for kids, as cool as you get, just out there. I love the idea of introducing a whole new generation to 'out there'.

Suddenly earning $20m a picture didn't make me feel any different. I didn't know how much it meant to people until everybody started freaking out about it, and I went: 'Well, somebody had to get paid that much.' I had half a dozen actors come up to me and go, 'Thanks for going through the door, man' and I'm like: 'What are you talking about?'

You go through cycles in life. You start out this pre-egoic innocent who believes in everything, and then you start to see all the pulleys and connectors and go: 'Oh, this is all full of shit.' And then hopefully you get to a point where you become wise and let go of that resentment.

There are a lot of things that are wrong with the world, but if you watch the news, that's not the world; that's a condensed version of everything negative that's happening. If I look around the television set, things are pretty peaceful, and people treat each other pretty well.

Some people might think I'm about money, but I never have been about that. If I was negotiating myself I'd probably be earning somewhere above minimum wage, but I've got guys that go in there like killers.

I don't trust the political process. I vote, but the government has become nothing but a means for corporations to facilitate their contracts. I really like Obama - I'm so saddened that he's going to have to become full of shit in order to get on.

People expect me to be funny, but I don't mind disappointing them. There's nothing sadder to me than a person who's sitting there like a vulture in a conversation waiting for his opportunity to shine and be funny.

I could never think of my life and what I've been given as any kind of lack. I could not sit there and go: 'What's missing?'

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Postby Rosita » Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:21 am

It's a really good interview, thanks a lot for copy it and show to us :)
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