Although Jim Carrey’s Fashion Week interview seemed like there may have been cause for concern, the famous funnyman is reportedly doing just fine.
Earlier this week, Carrey was stopped at New York’s Fashion Week event where he gave a pretty bizarre interview with an E! News reporter. “There’s no meaning to any of this, so I wanted to find the most meaningless thing that I could come to and join,” the Ace Ventura actor said, referring to Fashion Week specifically and life more generally. It sounded like a pretty existential crisis thing to say, and given Carrey’s past struggles with depression it got plenty of people worried.
Well, we can all put our collective fears to rest as Carrey says he’s going great.
“I have no depression in my life whatsoever,” he said during an interview with W Magazine. “I don’t have meds, I don’t have supplements, I don’t have anything. I’ve got a couple of fish oils a day and the rest of it is just good diet and a little bit of exercise and understanding that I don’t exist.”
He still seems bent on this whole “not existing” thing, but apparently, it’s for a good reason. While attending the Toronto International Film Festival to promote his latest project, a Netflix documentary titled Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond—The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (and yes, that is the full title), Carrey sat down with W to explain his statements at his Fashion Week interview.
According to Carrey, his enlightenment came during his 1999 filming of Man on the Moon, where he played legendary comedian Andy Kaufman.
“It was about immersing myself in a character or a couple of characters so deeply that I realized that myself, Jim Carrey, was a character as well and something I could push aside at will,” he explained. “So once you know that, you go, ‘Who am I?’”
“We’re a bunch of ideas cobbled together to look like a form. There’s a body and there’s a mind, but the body is part of the field of consciousness, just dancing for itself and it’s no different than a plant or a chair or your phone—it’s all one thing. Because we are sentient, there’s a consciousness, and we have to deal with this thing we create, like a fortress of ideas around it. So we say, ‘This is my name and this is my heritage and this is my nationality and here’s my hockey team and these are all of the things that I am.’ That’s the mistake.”
Okay, sounds a little far-fetched, but Carrey then goes on to drive home his point.
“The only way to it is to step into the river of tears and the sorrows of your life. The things that everyone is avoiding with everything from drugs to drink to sex and gadgets and whatever else you can distract yourself with, all of it is designed for you to never stop going and moving and, for god sakes, not feel the abyss. Don’t allow yourself to feel the abandonment and pain that you’ve suffered. And I’ve done it; I’m through it. I’m sure there will be things that happen again, but I realized that by letting myself fall into it completely, that it’s not to be feared. Death is not to be feared.”
While that’s some pretty heavy stuff to unpack, Carrey himself seems to be genuinely happy and healthy, taking autographs and speaking with fans at TIFF. He’s also cleaned himself up, got rid of that mountain-man beard, and even has a snappy new jacket. So who knows? Maybe he really has beaten depression in a way that works for him. If so, we can all be glad for it, and maybe even learn something too.
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