Meeting Jim Carrey!

NEWS | | June 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm

There was a space between having kids and blogging full time that I lost touch with movies (and sleep) but before I was a total movie fanatic. So while I draw a blank when friends mention some hot actor there are some actors you know forever. Jim Carrey is one of them. When I heard about the prospect of meeting him along with other members of the movie Mr. Popper’s Penguins I knew it would be fun.

Sound geekish but the first thing I do when I am about to meet a celebrity (yes I have met quite a few) is check out their twitter account. It was clear that Jim Carrey was pretty active on twitter which was a clear sign that he somewhat got my world. If there was any doubt they were vanquished when he uttered these words on entering the room of bloggers eager to interview him

The Blogosphere.  I love it!  I love it!  So, how do you feel putting all those newspaper reporters out of work?

You know how you see Jim Carrey look so animated in movies? Well in reality he is exactly the same, in fact it takes your breath away to see someone use so many facial muscles while talking. He certainly brings energy to the room and speaks with total confidence.  I have been watching Jim Carrey from when he was on In Living Color and it was clear that he was on his way to stardom. Decades later he is still fabulous to watch and listen to.

Being a mom who works from home I have often uttered “In a minute kids” as I worked for hours on something so I could really relate to the Mr. Popper character in the movie who was not bad but just caught up with work. I mentioned my being able to identify with that to Jim Carrey and he responded:

That’s what really drew me to the movie other than the fact that I love penguins, and I’ve said it, so many times before I ever did this project.  But, the theme of somebody who is an adventurer but doesn’t explore his relationship with his own son is an amazing theme for me.

Certainly there have been times in my life when I was so crazed with Hollywood and everything that was going on that I missed time with my daughter. So, I understand that and how important that is.  And so, that’s a theme that I’m ready to play. We’ve certainly mended anything that was going on between us.  We’re closer than ever.

That made me even more curious about whether the movie reminded him to spend more time with his kid, because it sure had me wanting to spend time with mine. Nothing like a little guilt poured over while trying to build a career. I was surprised by his confidence and comfort in his relationship as he replied:

–Yes.  Well, I was already in a good place with my daughter.  We’ve done really well together. But, yes.  I mean, it’s definitely a recognizable theme and certainly something that’s really prevalent for everybody nowadays.  Everybody has to work and everybody’s got that kind of guilt feeling, “Am I spending enough time,” and, “Do they have my full focus?”

The most important thing in the world is to make your kids feel like they’re the most important thing to you.

I was amazed by the ease of conversation but my mind kept flitting back to days of In Living Color and how comedy has changed since then. I was sure that with age even comedy has its challenges. When I asked Jim Carrey about it he had this to say:

It just gets harder.  It’s crazy, I just did Saturday Night Live, and they had me flying off walls and stuff like that.  And I said to Lorne Michaels, I said, “You realize that every sketch is me carrying someone on my back?”  Do they under that I’m 49 years old? And he said, “No, they don’t.  They love you and they grew up with you, and they want you to be that guy.”

Mr. Popper’s Penguins releases on June 17th but stay tuned on MommyNiri.com as I will have more scoops for you about the movie and more, from my trip to LA. See my video while dancing with penguins.

Disclosure: Expenses for the trip to LA were covered.

4 Comments

  1. 1
    Nicole says:

    Congrats Niri!! Great interview with such a great actor too! Can’t wait to go see the movie.

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    Soooo neat!!!

    Niri, this recap was so interesting and exciting to read I almost felt like I was there. Through reading this, I am SO happy to learn that Jim Carrey is just as great in person as he has always seemed to me via TV/movies. Glad he didn’t disappoint!

    Thanks for the great recap!

    P.S. Hahaha, i’ve been a fan since his In Loving Color days as well!

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    Vanita says:

    I love Jim Carrey. When I told the teens I wanted to see Mr. Popper’s Penguins, they were like “Why? It’s a kid movie, even I don’t want to see it?” My reply was, “Are you crazy? Jim Carrey is in it . . .” And then I went on about the movies we’ve seen him in together and the movies I’ve seen him in and his days in In Living Color. I just love him. And Nicholas Cage. And John Travolta. Ok, so I’m old, bloody shoot me.
    It’s awesome you were able to chat with him and share with us. What I loved about this interview, it was better than any interview an entertainment reporter could have done because it spoke to me, a working parent. Haven’t seen Entertainment Tonight take that angle on an interview before.
    Thanks for this awesome post.

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    Bart Ski says:

    Sounds like fun. Jim was one of my favorites ever since “The Mask”. His acting skills are indeed impressive.

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