Inside Jim Carreys life – Martin Freeman feud, homeless and depression battle

Hollywood actor Jim Carrey has been a household name for over 32 years having risen to fame in the 90s and 00s thanks to a string of hit movies that put him at the forefront of comedic roles for an entire generation.

Born on January 17 1962, Jim turns 60 today and is still as great a Hollywood icon as he was when he first appeared on the silver screen.

The actor has appeared in a string of epic movie titles including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb And Dumber, The Mask, Batman Forever, Bruce Almighty and How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

However, while he has been largely known as a comic actor, Jim has won critical acclaim for his more sombre roles including The Truman Show – which won him a Golden Globe for Best Actor – and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind which earned him both BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations in the same category.

Troubled start in life

As a young man Jim first discovered the beginnings of his acting talent when aged around eight years old he began making faces in the mirror and subsequently doing impressions.

However, it wouldn't be until much later in life he would embark upon his Hollywood career as Jim, alongside his mother, Kathleen, and father, Percy and three older siblings, John, Patricia and Rita, fell on hard times ending up homeless.

The family all lived out of a Volkswagen van for a long while, as Jim, who was a teenager at the time, and his brother John spent several months living in a tent in Charles Daley Park on the shore of Lake Ontario.

Eventually, his father would find work at a tyre factory, improving the family situation, with both John and Jim also taking up roles at the employer, working overnight as janitor and security guard.


Jim has openly discussed his depression in the past, admitting that he needed to take Prozac to function for a duration of his life.

The star says his humour was born out of "desperation" due to the pressures of growing up poor and having a sick mother.

Jim previously described himself as a "character" and admitted to "building something people would like," with his personality.

He explained: "I played the guy who was free from concern so that people who watched me would be free from concern."

He then gave his take on depression adding: "The difference between depression and sadness is that sadness is just from happenstance. Whatever happened or didn’t happen for you, or grief or whatever it is.

"Depression is your body saying ‘f*** you, I don’t want to be this character anymore. I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you created. And the world is too much for me.”

The star now says he is free of all medications and stimulants including caffeine and coffee after adjusting his lifestyle and embracing spirituality to regain control of his mental wellbeing.

Martin Freeman feud

Martin Freeman lashed out at Jim for his method acting in 1999 biopic movie Man On The Moon calling his performance “narcissistic," and "amateurish."

The comments came after Jim – who refused to come out of character for the entire four months he was filming the project, even insisting he be called Andy off-camera, claimed that Andy Kaufman had spoken to him telepathically when he found out he would be playing him in the flick.

He said: “It was absurd but somehow it worked. That’s the moment when Andy Kaufman showed up, tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘Sit down, I’ll be doing my movie.’ What happened afterwards was out of my control.”

Talking about the claims Martin ranted: “"For me, and I’m genuinely sure Jim Carrey is a lovely and smart person, but it was the most self-aggrandizing, selfish, narcissistic f***ing bollocks I have ever seen.

"The idea anything in our culture would celebrate that or support it is deranged, literally deranged.

"You need to keep grounded in reality and that’s not to say you don’t lose yourself in between action and cut but the rest of it is absolutely pretentious nonsense… It’s not a professional attitude. Get the job done man, f***ing do your work.”

Secret hobby

Away from his lavish life in Hollywood Jim has a very special hobby that draws him away from the woes of the world and lets him escape reality.

The actor has been drawing and painting since he was a child, but in the last eight years has had several exhibitions and begun selling his creative and limited edition pieces from Ocean Blue Galleries in Tampa Bay.

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