At the time there was a lot of bad stuff happening in his life like his girlfriend committing suicide and claims that he gave her STDs so it wasn’t unreasonable to think that Carrey was going through a major rough patch in life.
However, over the weekend, Carrey attended the 74th Venice Film Festival to promote his new documentary called (deep breath) Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. The documentary chronicles his time playing the late great Andy Kaufman for the film Man on the Moon. A role for which Carrey went VERY method and also took home a Golden Globe.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about it, Carrey had this to say…
“It was psychotic at times,” said Carrey in Venice, adding that he didn’t leave the character once. He even did a two-hour phone call with Ron Howard (who gamely played along) as Kaufman to give notes on their 2000 pic How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
“Jim Carrey didn’t exist at that time,” he said. “Andy actually affected The Grinch as well.”
Okay, so maybe Jim Carrey still isn’t exactly what you would call “normal,” but at least now he doesn’t look like he’s keeping jars of his own urine stored in his living room anymore.