“It was horrifying”: Jim Carrey Was Trained To Handle Torture Like CIA Agents While Playing the Grinch

Jim Carrey went through some drastic training to play the Grinch.

“It was horrifying”: Jim Carrey Was Trained To Handle Torture Like CIA Agents While Playing the Grinch

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  • Jim Carrey's iconic role as the Grinch in the film How the Grinch Stole Christmas remains a memorable one.
  • The character required a lot of make-up and prosthetics and Carrey had to sit and endure the grueling make-up hours.
  • Jim Carrey has immense respect and admiration for Client Eastwood.
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Jim Carrey is a fascinating actor to watch on screen. He is very dedicated to his craft even though he is mostly subjected to comedic roles. His performances in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Cable Guy, The Mask, The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind show his dedication and commitment to his roles whether it be an outrageous comedy or a drama. He is often regarded as one of the best among his contemporaries.

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Jim Carrey

One of his most memorable films is 2000’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, where he played the titular character based on the popular children’s book of the same name. It seems Carrey had to learn to be patient with the long makeup hours required to become the Grinch. He even went through some drastic training to make that happen.

Also read: Jim Carrey Felt Hurt After Being Ignored By Conan O’Brien Despite Living Three Houses Apart From Each Other

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Jim Carrey Was Trained By the CIA To Become The Grinch

Jim Carrey as the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Jim Carrey as the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Jim Carrey starred in one of his most memorable films How the Grinch Stole Christmas, where he played the titular character of the Grinch. The character required a of make-up and prosthetics and Carrey had to sit for long hours for the make-up work to be done. He had nearly gotten tired of the process but was told to learn a complex way to endure the long hours.

He talked about this aspect on The Graham Norton Show saying,

“The makeup was like, being buried alive every day. The first day was like 8 and a half hours and I went back to my trailer… and I told Ron Howard, I couldn’t do the movie. Then, Brian Grazer came in and being the fix-it man, came up with a brilliant idea which was to hire a gentleman who is trained to teach CIA operatives how to endure torture.

So that’s how I got through the Grinch. He said eat everything you see. And of you’re freaking out and you start to spiral downward, turn the television on, change your pattern, have someone you know come up and smack you in the head, punch yourself in the leg or smoke as much as you possibly can. It was horrifying and it was like It’s for the kids, It’s for the kids!”

Carrey hilariously went all method in order to endure the grueling make-up hours, in order to deliver something special for the kids. The film became a success and Carrey was praised for his performance in the film.

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Also read: Jim Carrey Shut Down His Critics With $264M Film After Pulitzer Prize Winner Personally Apologized For Undermining The Mask Actor’s Career

Clint Eastwood is Jim Carrey’s Personal Hero

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood is one legendary cinematic icon that Hollywood has ever had. He is admired by many in the industry and he is the significant force behind the popularity of Westerns in the 70s and 80s.

One of his biggest fans is actor Jim Carrey and he gave a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to his personal hero at an event where Eastwood was given the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. He said,

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Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I’m here tonight, as all of us are, to pay tribute to an American icon. An actor, a filmmaker and truly one of my personal heroes, Mr. Clint Eastwood. Not many people know this, but Clint was one of my first supporters in the business. At the time, I was a struggling actor, and I was cast to play the part of a crazed, drug fiend Rockstar named Johnny Squares in the Dirty Harry film The Dead Pool.

Every guy in this audience, at one time or another, has lived vicariously through Clint Eastwood and his mythological characters. He’s our equalizer. He’s the one who could settle the score for us. The man that every man would love to be. When a bully was pursuing you and pushing you around in the schoolyard, you’d think to yourself, ‘Well, there’s just no justice.’ 

“Then you’d see a Clint Eastwood movie, and you’d realize that that bully grows up to become the guy who gets his butt kicked by The Man With No Name. It’s our salvation. I don’t know if they meant this: it’s just really a theory of mine. 

Eastwood is still working on his next film at the age of 93. He is a living legend and it is no wonder that actors like Carrey have immense respect and admiration for someone like Eastwood who has lived and breathed cinema for the larger part of his life.

Also read: “He is a bit more damaged”: Jim Carrey Garners Pity For Ageing Out of His “Rubber Face” As Director Admits “I see little glimpses of sadness”

 

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Written by Rahul Thokchom

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Rahul Thokchom is a senior content writer at Fandomwire who is passionate about covering the world of pop culture and entertainment. He has a Masters Degree in English that contributes to the richness and creativity in his works.