The Essential Jim Carrey
Why I Wrote The Book
Why did I write this book? I must be mad! The thought had entered my mind from time to time as I prepared these pages. After all, I scanned more than 25 movies, dozens of In Living Color Jim Carrey snippets and about 100 television appearances— all the while analyzing the how's and why's of Jim Carrey's consistent popularity. As anyone who has ever followed his amazing career knows, transforming his face on film is now a long standing Jim Carrey tradition.
I had the honor of speaking to Jim twice in my career, the last at the Disney's A Christmas Carol train tour which made its final stop at New York City's Grand Central Station. On the train with other members of the press, Jim promoted the film and tour which began back in Los Angeles and spanned more than 16,000 miles of track.
Always the funny man, Jim was all smiles as usual during the closing ceremonies, dancing and spewing confetti for the cameras. To promote the film, he briefly discussed the awesome techniques that were used in the production. "The soul of the character is all you need," he said. "It's an actor-driven media and an amazing process. The musicales in my faces are driving these dots. It's a fascinating process."
It's hard not to think about the other Christmas movie (How The Grinch Stole Christmas) Jim is famous for, playing yet another meanie. He joked, "They seem to drag me out at Christmas time. I'm a kind of snow plough."
So, in any case, the main purpose of the Essential Jim Carrey is to celebrate the life and career of this man—an enormous talent, who has inspired people, including myself, through laughter and instilled a sense of hope with his acting craft. Whether you are a new fan, or an old one, these pages will connect you with one of the most beloved actors of our generation and give you a greater appreciation of his true genius. It's my finest wish that Jim Carrey fans will read this book and be as inspired by him as I have been for so many years.
Why We Love Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey Memorabilia Sold on ebay and How Much it Went For...
Besides televison and film memorbilia shows, ebay has proved to be the best source for satisying your Jim Carrey collecting needs. In no particular order, these collectibles ranked as most popular:
One-of-kind Hollywood movie props—The latex The Riddler eye mask from Batman Forever...$250.00
Fun With Dick and Jane— The black and gray water pistol held by Jim's Dick Harper character..$269.00
Jim Carrey handsigned film scripts: The Mask; Dumb and Dumber; Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Liar, Liar... $25 - $55.00
Original 27 x 40" movie posters from Me Myself and Irene; The Majestic; Fun With Dick and Jane; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Bruce Almighty; The Truman Show and Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortuante Events ... $9.99 - $16.95
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls — 14 inch promotional necklace ... $19.95
Jim Carrey hand-signed promotional black and whiye 8 x 10" movie stills from Ace Ventura (1 & 2); The Mask; The Truman Show; Me, Myself and Irene; Batman Forever and Bruce Almighty ... $14.95 - 19.95
One-of-a-kind The Mask continuity Polaroids of Jim Carrey ... $60.00
Liar, Liar promotional coffee mug
Rare child-size The Mask costume ... $25.00
Rare adult-size The Mask costume ...$45.00
Jim Carrey movie press kits (early films to Lemony Snicket) ... $12.95 - $25.00
Bruce Almighty lobby card ... $13.50 - $15.50
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls movie prop: The Native Shield ... $79.50
Talking Riddler doll from Batman Forever ... $25.50
Investment Pieces— Jim Carrey Worn Movie Costumes
Original Jim Carrey costume from How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Santa Claus costume) ... $14,000
Original Jim Carrey Riddler Green Bowler hat from Batman Forever ... $4,000
Original Jim Carrey Riddler "Question Mark" costume from Batman Forever ... $10,000
Original on-screen used Who mail (2) envelopes from Whoville Post Office ... $95.00
Top Five Wish List of Jim Carrey Collectibles Fans Want To Own
Serious collecting fans were asked to name the top five Jim Carrey items they would like to own. I was surprised at the findings.
The following are the results in order of popularity.
1. Any of the more familiar and outlandish clothing and hats Jim wore in films: The Mask, Batman Forever, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Ace Ventura (1 &2).
2. The Hawaiian signature shirt Jim wore in Ace Ventura or the familiar flannel shirt in Bruce Almighty.
3. Any familiar prop from his movies.
4. His real phone number or email address (I swear!)
5. A personal handwritten letter or note from Jim acknowledging that they are his bigggest fan ever.