Jim Carrey has always been, well, kinda bizarre. His interviews typically go one of two ways: either he goes off on a tangent, performing various impressions and impersonations, or he gets philosophical and poignant on some topic only tangentially related to whatever movie he’s promoting.
This is the first time that he managed to do both at the same time, and it’s got people worried.
While attending the Fashion Week event in New York City, Catt Sadler, a reporter for E! News, managed to snag the famous funny man while on the red carpet. At first it seemed like Carrey might slip away by continually circling the reporter, and for a moment Sadler seemed intimidated by Carrey’s imposing 6’2’’ frame and stalking gait, but eventually, he stepped into a more interview-like position for the camera and started talking.
That’s when things got weird.
“There’s no meaning to any of this, so I wanted to find the most meaningless thing that I could come to and join,” Carrey said, “and here I am.” For a moment it then seems like he’d let Sadler speak, but then presses on with, “I mean, you gotta admit it’s pretty meaningless.”
During the whole exchange, Sadler shoots slightly aggrieved looks at the camera, letting us all know how this interview isn’t going exactly as she’d planned. She then asks Carrey if he believes in icons, which he then shoots right back at her.
“Do you believe in icons?” he asks her after she poses the very same question. “I don’t believe in personalities. I don’t believe that you exist. But there’s a wonderful fragrance in the air.”
Sadler gamely tries to coax more out of the renowned comedian, asking if he doesn’t believe that icons have the power to make a change in the world. Carrey responds to the question by singing.
Following his impromptu musical number, Carrey launches into a long soliloquy seemingly about nothing. “I believe that peace lies beyond personality, beyond invention and disguise, beyond the red ‘S’ that you wear on your chest that makes bullets bounce off. I believe that it’s deeper than that. I believe we’re a field of energy dancing for itself. And I don’t care,” he concludes.
Sadler is clearly struggling to make some sense out of him, and presses on for something, anything, that might make a good soundbite. “But Jim, you got really dressed up for the occasion, you look good. Was that an accident?” She asks.
“No, I didn’t get dressed up. There is no me.”
Finally, Sadler seems to give up. “There’s no you? We’re not here, this is a dream?”
“[There are] just things happening, and there are clusters of tetrahedrons moving around together,” Carrey replies.
Sadler then rallies for one last stab at logic and sense, asking if Carrey has anything to say about current events or the state of the world. He remains as enigmatic as ever in his reply.
“Here’s the thing: it’s not our world. We don’t matter. There’s the good news.”
Take from this encounter what you will, but it certainly seems bizarre enough for concern. See for yourself.
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