When assessing the prominent comedy actors from over the years, alongside the likes of Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, and Eddie Murphy, arguably the most talented actor of the lot in Jim Carrey. From modern-day releases like Sonic the Hedgehog to a number of movies he’s shone in throughout the early stages of his career, Carrey is a master of his craft.
An instantly recognizable face from the Hollywood world, Jim Carrey is fantastic at showcasing his comedy skills, from his repertoire of impressions to his odd body movements. It certainly comes as no surprise that he initially started performing in Ontario at such a young age, only to later realize his talent and make his movie debut in a feature film called Finders Keepers. Since then, the rest is history, and Carrey has gone on to establish himself as one of the finest comedy actors of his generation. In order to truly appreciate his talents, let’s take a look back at five of his most memorable performances.
Liar Liar (1997)
A movie that showcases Carrey’s antics rather perfectly, Liar Liar is a classic comedy that follows the story of a lawyer who is destined for success but is struggling to maintain a solid relationship with his family. Despite its rather saddening plot, it develops into a movie full of comical moments after his son makes a wish on his birthday that his dad won’t tell a lie for just one day. Torn between his career goals and loyalty to his son, it’s a hilarious watch.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
One of Jim Carrey’s most famous movies, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is an iconic production that has global appeal. In fact, the movie made such an impact that it launched Carrey’s career as a global star, and there are even Ace Ventura games, alongside fan pages and merchandise. Regarded by many as being Jim Carrey’s most memorable performance, his constant energy and hilarious sound effects made his cartoon-like acting impossible to replicate. The movie lasts 86 minutes, but it certainly feels a lot less than that.
The Mask (1994)
The Mask is the first glimpse we had of Carrey playing a cartoon character, and he nailed it. From his facial expressions to his comprehensive selection of voices, the movie helped catapult him further into the public consciousness as he showcased his craziness perfectly. Without Jim Carrey featuring in the movie, The Mask wouldn’t have had the success that it did.
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Partnering up with actor Jeff Daniels for this rather ridiculous comedy classic, Dumb and Dumber followed the story of two less than intelligent individuals who want to do right. After intercepting a briefcase that was left behind by a woman who Carrey’s character, Lloyd, drove to the airport, the pair embarked on a wild mission to hunt her down and reunite the lady with her missing briefcase. The adventure takes on a whole new meaning when they discover what exactly is in the briefcase, though. Dumb and Dumber isn’t the best movie you’ll see, but it’s certainly one many fans of Carrey will always hold close to their hearts.
The Truman Show (1998)
Certainly up there with Carrey’s other faultless performances, The Truman Show did a remarkable job at highlighting just how talented the Canadian-American actor really is. His character, an insurance salesman, realizes that he is being watched on a daily basis, sending him on a journey of paranoia and a life-altering discovery which helps shape his character and give him a clear understanding of where he’s at. It’s an odd movie in many respects, but Jim Carrey’s performance is excellent.