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Hollywood Reporter - Comedy Actors Roundtable (part 1/3)01 Jul 2019
By Eva Araújo (Web correspondent)
It's no secret: Fans love interviews, especially those who look more like conversations than a full questionnaire.
Today, Hollywood Reporter made the full Comedy Actors Roundtable conversation, available on YouTube. In one hour and fifteen minutes of pure enjoyment, Jim Carrey, Don Cheadle, Henry Winkler, Sasha Baron Cohen, Ted Danson and Timothy Simons talked about many subjects and the conversation flown by with humour and laughter. You get it in text here in 3 parts today and tomorrow on our website.
The first question was very simple. Why do you act?
Jim didn't hesitate: "I act because I'm broken in a lot of pieces and acting gives me a chance to reconfigure those pieces into a thousand different things, that are positive for people to watch. And eventually I will be ground down into a fine powder."
On dealing with fame and the fact that everything about them is public:
"And 90% myth as well. So that's a tough thing to deal with. People create your life. They take elements that are true and they put it in an article. So the article looks, legit and yet there's so much to the article that isn't true. So that's something to kind of teach you that, hey, you know what, in order to go forward, I have to let go of what this creation is. And I ultimately found that even the, me I created wasn't real. So that left me in an odd, precarious situation. I've been writing and creating about that for a very long time. Many of the things I do have to do with the disappointment of creating a winning personality in the world. And then eventually, you know, for your own sanity and freedom, letting it go (…)"
What would you do with anonymity for a day?
"I don't think I'd be that different. Honestly. I dropped the whole trying to be something for somebody a long time ago. And so, I pretty much walked through the world except when I want to be funny or I want to do something outrageous, you know, kind of tip the boat. I don't have any trouble being myself and I don't have any trouble saying no when, I mean no. I don't feel there is a pressing responsibility to please everyone. I'm not unkind to people. I love people. I would much prefer saying, hello, and who are you and what are you doing today? Then giving a selfie because selfies stopped the world and then they stopped life. You then go like, yeah, and it's going on Instagram to give people a false sense of relevance. I picture Steve jobs sometimes - everybody's so Gaga about Steve Jobs. I picture of him in hell running from demons who want a selfie.
That's something I kinda have to of live with it. Nothing to do with the person that comes up because they're programmed to react to celebrity that way. They don't even think of another way."
Jim also talked about his show:
"Can I coin a phrase? Calomedy. That's what I look at it as. My show is calomedy. It's about calamity is their own. it's handled with humour and levity. And pretty much that's what I do. You know, every a trauma and, and I could, you know, build the ladder to the stars with the things that have happened or the things that I've had to endure, but they've all turned into something really creative. The worst injury I've ever had. I went to the art studio and I made a painting and I sat there and I went,' I wish people could be here to see what that process is.' What happens to an artist when they get hurt, you know, they don't try to lash out. Most of the time they try to turn it into a bouquet of flowers. That's what I want to do. I want to turn it into something."
Last time he was nervous to tell a story or how it would be received:
"I've only ever been disappointed when I wasn't authentic. When I had reached for something that was not based in some authentic. Even if it's a wildly animated character. If it's not based in some sort of reality. Then I feel I've raped myself. Yes. It's difficult. For some. But that's when I feel really uncomfortable when I'm on a track that isn't authentic. I have never been disappointed ever with authenticity. And I was really frightened about it, until a few years ago when I started kind of sharing how I feel about things and my truth. And, there was a voice telling me that if I actually didn't score, if I didn't hit a funny line every, at least 30 seconds, they would think I was pompous and they would turn against me and say, who the fuck do you think you are? And I've never had that reaction ever."
Check part 2 of this interview in the next news article.
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