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Someone has to say it, Jim Carrey’s the man

Posted 10/14/09

Does anybody not like Jim Carrey?

You may think you don’t, but let me give you a little nugget of information – he’s gaining 50 pounds to play Curly in a 3 Stooges movie.

Bet you like him now.

Could anyone play the jolly fool of the stooge clan anymore perfectly? I, personally, have always been a fan of the stooges and can’t for the life of me figure out why no one has made a big screen feature about them earlier, but am pleased that Jim Carrey, the man who brought us the immortal Ace Ventura, will be playing the stooge most likely to get gouged in the eyes, hit in the head with a hammer or smacked with a woman’s purse.

Maybe you don’t like Jim Carrey because he talked with his butt in two Ace Ventura movies.

Immature? Yes. But not funny? Come on! Can you say comedic gold anybody?

Plus, Curly wasn’t known for being a rubber face, but Jim Carrey is, which means when Curly steps on a rake and it swings up to hit him in the face in the movie, not only will he squeal in pain, but a ridiculous face unlike one ever seen in a person’s normal day will be included in the gag.


Will he win an Oscar? It’s too early to tell. But I’m going to venture a guess and say, “Yeah right.”

But then again, Renee Zellweger won one for gaining weight to play Bridget Jones.

Who did Renee co-star with in Me, Myself and Irene? Why that would be Jim Carrey! Hmmmm….

Oh, and for those of you still doubting your love and appreciation for Jim Carrey, I have three words for you.

Dumb and Dumber.

Who did he co-star with in that film, which people still quote regularly millions of times a day?

Oh, that would be Jeff Daniels. A native of Michigan. Which means if you hate Jim Carrey, you hate Jeff Daniels, thus you hate Michigan!

Is it strong logic? No. But hey, this is my column.

Some people have given Jim flak about not being able to successfully “convince the audience” that he can be a “serious” actor.

To them I say “Who cares?”

That argument to me, will hold up when George Clooney and Robert DeNiro prove they can join a comedy troupe like the one assembled for “In Living Color” and not only hold their own, but steal the show!

Have you seen the skit where Jim Carrey impersonates Vanilla Ice?

How about when he hosted Saturday Night Live and bobbed his head with the Roxbury boys? Tom Hanks wasn’t as funny when he did it, and he eats awards for breakfast.

Did I mention Dumb and Dumber? How about the scene where he fights the chef in the Oriental restaurant?

The Academy won’t recognize, but I hope all of us can… Jim Carrey is the man.

He made Dumb and Dumber. Think about it.


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It's nice to see that you have set a precedent that your columns are allowed to lack "strong logic."

But I agree with you on the excellence of the former In Living Color star. However, you seemed to leave off two of his better movies: Man on the Moon and the Truman Show.

He has grown as an actor since being birthed out of a artificial rhinoceros, but sadly he'll never get any respect.

Friday, October 16, 2009 | Report this

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This article brings up an interesting topic of discussion. What have been the best movie role weight gains in cinematic history? To answer that question, I present to you the Top 10 Tons-of-Love Movie Weight Gains of All-Time! (We all know who is going to be #1, but the remainder of the list might surprise you)

#10 Tom Hanks "Cast Away" - Weight gain: 50 lbs - It takes guts, literally, to gain that kind of weight knowing you will be showing it off shirtless on a remote island. What is amazing is that Hanks' co-star Wilson was able to neither gain, nor lose any weight throughout the entire film.

#9 Renee Zellwegger "Bridget Jones Diary" - Weight gain: 30 lbs - Ok I'll admit, I'm not a big fan of hers, and never watched the movie. I'm going to be the bigger person and not make any "she just bit down on a sour patch kid" joke about her looks, or a "whoops, looks like someone is playing for the other team" joke about her realization after the Kenny Chesney marriage. The fact of the matter is, you gain weight and win an Oscar, you make the list.

#8 Robert DeNiro "The Untouchables" - Weight gain: Unknown - Though not his most famous weight gain, DeNiro definitely packed on the pounds to play the portly mob boss Al Capone. DeNiro hit the role of Al Capone square in the head, most likely by binge drinking Guinness after Guinness, to honor the fact that Capone helped make booze legal again. For that, we will always be grateful.

#7 Vincent D'Onofrio "Full Metal Jacket" - Weight gain: 70 lbs - The role of Private Pyle is a classic homage to the dullard that everyone either makes fun of, or pities. His tragic end is a grim reminder that you can only push someone so far. D'Onofrio went on to have a mediocre career following this role. For some odd reason, he decided to gain all of this weight back for his role on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, despite the fact that no one really asked him too.

#6 Benicio Del Toro “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” – Weight gain: 40 lbs – The role of Dr. Gonzo cannot be easily explained. For some reason this role only reminds me of a trumpet-playing Latin sensation that used to be my mentor while working in a restaurant.

#5 Sylvester Stallone “Copland” – Weight gain: 40 lbs – For starters, it is admirable that one of the quintessential muscle men in cinematic history would take on a role playing a pudgy pushover cop. That alone makes Sly’s role as a quiet and troubled town sheriff a must have on this list. Two other scenes make this movie a must watch. Behold a list within a list:

#2 Must Watch Scene – Stallone pleads with Internal Affairs office Robert DeNiro for help. DeNiro denies this request, and continues to inhale a full-size jelly doughnut.

#1 Must Watch Scene – A top five scene for an eventual “Best Slow Motion Scenes” countdown, finds a cop-on-cop shoot-out involving Stallone, Harvey Keitel, the guy that played the T-1000 in “Terminator 2”, and Ray Liotta. The hands- down gem of that scene, and the entire movie for that matter, is Ray Liotta, emerging from behind a vehicle firing his weapon, all while a cigarette delicately dangles from his lips – CLASSIC.

#4 George Clooney “Syriana” – Weight gain: 30 lbs – Again, you win an Oscar, you make the list. Gorgeous George’s weight gain for the role of a CIA agent helps to remind us it’s generally not James Bond working behind the lines to keep us safe. It’s the chubby guy that more resembles your Little League Baseball coach that is the one scheming and executing the government’s most heinous plans.

- Copy cat role #1: Phillip Seymour Hoffman playing a real life CIA agent in “Charlie Wilsons War”. Doesn’t make the list because Hoffman is naturally that large

- Copy cat role #2: Russell Crowe in “Body of Lies” in a similar CIA role but played to the “I’ll knock that baby kangaroo out of your pouch” cocky style that Crowe is famous for. Movie also ruined by Leonardo DiCaprio’s hideous neck-beard that blows Kyle Orton’s out of the water.

#3 Jared Leto “Chapter 27” – Weight gain: 60-70 lbs – This is ranked so high because of how relatively unknown this role, and movie or that matter, really is. I will admit I have never watched it. It was released straight to DVD, and was a minimal critical success. One has to wonder if Leto understood how much he was going to put his body through in return for making some morons’ list. I want to watch it just because I feel bad for him. I really don’t have a joke for this one. Oh he played the guy that shot Lennon, Mark David Chapman. This raises two questions:

#1 – Did Jodi Foster tell Chapman to do it?

#2 – Was there an assassin before John Wilkes Booth that began the whole “Use the assassins’ middle name when discussing him,” or was he the first? There, those are kind of jokes.

#2 Ryan Hodorovich “The Hairless Sasquatch” – Weight gain: Unknown – While few people have seen this low budget Indy horror - dramedy, that doesn’t mean that writer/producer/co-director/actor Hodorovich’s role should go unnoticed. In fact, it should be celebrated as a nod to authenticity in an age where everything in cinema must be digitally perfect. Hodorovich carefully sculpted his figure for countless months in order to achieve not only the look of a beast, but rather a silhouette of a figure that reminds us how frightening, yet beautiful, nature can be. The title monster was given a delicate mixture of robustness, horror, mystery, and pure sexual awe. Hodorovich channeled an inner awareness of a simpler time, when man and woman walked the earth as nothing more than naked sexual beasts. If ever a role defined the phrase, “I am horrified, but yet I cannot look away” it is that of Ryan Hodorovich as “The Hairless Sasquatch”. BRAVO

The following contains SPOILER ALERTS!

What is perhaps most memorable is how Hodorovich was able to provide such a human element to this tale of a beast. Upon the conclusion of the film, the sasquatch is able to escape from captivity, fleeing into the city. No longer do we look at this monster merely as just a mindless beast, but we are left wondering, “What is he looking for?”

Several years after its initial release, rumors still swirl around whether or not audiences will see the fabled sequel “Sasquatch in the City.” Varying reports say that several scripts have been written and re-worked. Other reports suggest that a good majority of scenes have actually been shot, only to be halted by the lack of a clear ending. Murmurs suggest that filming has, or will, take place in as many different locations as Flint, Michigan, St. Louis, Missouri, and Los Angeles, California.

Meanwhile, websites and countless fans of the underground film continue to talk quietly about what is in store for the title character. Will the Hairless Sasquatch be given a love interest, the rumored Hairless Sasqwench? Is the sasquatch looking for his parents? An anonymous source close to the film hinted that, since the sasquatch is hairless, that would suggest that one of his parents is human. This is followed by a claim that near the end of the first film, the sasquatch unexpectedly views a video of a mysterious man dancing to Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen”, and that this may be the human that had mated with a female sasquatch.

If there is to be a sequel, one thing will be certain. It will mark the first time that a classic weight-gaining actor will reprise his role for a second film. Like the sasquatch himself, we will all be walking into an uncharted wilderness of awe, and cinematic history.

#1 Robert DeNiro “Raging Bull” Weight gain: 60 lbs – The benchmark for actors gaining weight for a role. The bar set by DeNiro has yet to be topped, nor will it ever be. This was the first time that audiences legitimately had to question whether or not they were watching the actor they thought they were.

Case in point: I made my girlfriend watch this movie, and within 30 seconds of seeing DeNiro in his enlarged state, she herself had to ask “is that him?” It was this moment that I was reminded of just how much DeNiro altered himself for the role. I simply wanted her to watch how Joe Pesci handled his wife in this movie.

“I’ll make you cry”

Sunday, November 1, 2009 | Report this

My Favorites Of Jim Carrey, Are Lier Lier and Me, Myself And Irene, Ace Ventura Pet Detective and When Nature calls. & Absolutely Love Dumb And Dumber..lol I think He is awesome!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009 | Report this

I've seen that Sasquatch film. It's decent.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | Report this

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