Most children of the 90’s know who Jim Carrey is.
He starred in a lot of funny movies. Indeed, he is a great comedian.
But aside from his funny stints, there are a lot of things that are left unknown by most people about him.
They are as follows:
1. His family was struggling
When he was young, his family faced a tough time when they were forced to relocate.
To earn money, he and his siblings took security and janitorial jobs.
The entire family lived out of a Volkswagen camper van until they could return to Toronto.
2. He was a school drop-out
At the age of 16, he was officially a high school drop-out.
He worked on his celebrity impersonations and in 1979 decided to move to Los Angeles.
3. He was friends with Tupac
Tupac Shakur, an American rapper, was found guilty of sexual assault.
He received a between 1-4 years in prison. It was during these times that Carrey regularly wrote letters to him.
Carrey’s reason? He wanted to make Tupac laugh and keep up his spirits.
Carrey believed Tupac was innocent and the stories had been embellished.
4. He wore tap shoes to bed when he was young
When Carrey was a kid, he often wore his tap shoes to bed.
It is because his dad would make him perform for his mum in the middle of the night.
Carry had a sick mom and he wants to make her feel better.
5. He wrote himself a $10 million cheque
Jim Carrey found himself broke in 1983.
Even though he was working hard on the stand-up circuit, he still didn’t make enough money.
Every night he would sit in his car on the Hollywood hills and remind himself of his dreams.
He visualized himself living in one of the big houses down below.
To motivate himself, he wrote himself a cheque for $10 million for “Acting Services Rendered”.
He post-dated it for 10 years and by 1995 came round he was offered $10 million dollars.
The role was to take on the part of Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber.
When his dad died, he slipped the original cheque into his dad’s coffin.
His legacy of funny performance is hard to beat.
When it comes to comedy, he’s the man.
But he’s more than that!
A struggling family to battling depression to being broke — he managed to survive it all.
To inspire us more, here are his most famous quotes to teach us to live in the moment.
“If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.”
“Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.”
“I really believe in the philosophy that you create your own universe. I’m just trying to create a good one for myself.”
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“I just want to be myself.”
“I tend to stay up late, not because I’m partying but because it’s the only time of the day when I’m alone and don’t have to be performing.”
“Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything, or creating anything. Period. If you ain’t desperate at some point, you ain’t interesting.”
‘People need motivation to do anything.”
“One thing I hope I’ll never be is drunk with my own power.”
“I think everyone should get rich and famous, and do everything that they ever dreamed of, so that they can see that it’s not the answer.”
“It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?”
“Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them.”
“Maybe other people will try to limit me but I don’t limit myself.”
“Originality is really important.”
“Life doesn’t happen to you. It happens for you.”
“I have no limits. I cannot be contained because I am the container.”
‘You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
“Fear is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much.”
“Everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart, and all that will be left of you is what was in your heart.”
“Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through you. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”
“My focus is to forget the pain of life. Forget the pain, mock the pain, reduce it. And laugh.”
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