Jim Carrey Dodged a Bullet By Refusing to be a “Human Turtle’ in Adam Sandler’s Disaster Movie That Earned $40 Million at Box Office

Jim Carrey Dodged a Bullet By Refusing to be a "Human Turtle' in Adam Sandler's Disaster Movie That Earned $40 Million at Box Office

Jim Carrey is one of the greatest actors. His comedy spans almost every movie he appeared in blending with physical comedy. He’s not just a comedy actor, he also has some serious iconic roles on his resume including Peter Weir’s The Truman Show and Michel Gondry’s 2004 classic Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Jim Carrey in a still from Bruce Almighty
Jim Carrey in a still from Bruce Almighty. Source: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

It is fairly justified to acknowledge Carrey as a versatile genius despite his dominance in comedy. An actor of his stature is often seen rejecting movie roles for various reasons. Carrey has rejected several movie roles in his career which includes him rejecting the voice-over role in Toy Story and a Scooby-Doo role.

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Jim Carrey Turned Down The Master of Disguise

Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey

In comedy, Jim Carrey needs no introduction. He has a long list of iconic comic roles under his arms. Mostly known for his 90s comedy movies such as The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas Carrey endured some of the toughest roles. However, he has rejected quite a few movie roles. During the development of Dana Carvey and Adam Sandler starrer 2002 film The Master Of Disguise, Carrey was the primary choice for the movie. The makers wanted Carry to play the role of Pistachio Disguisey, who is trained to become a “Master of Disguise” following his parents were kidnapped by a criminal. According to some reports, Carrey turned down the role, and the Pistachio was eventually played by Saturday Night Live star Carvey. 

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It was a wise choice, after all. The actor apparently dodged a bullet by rejecting the movie as the Sandler-produced movie turned out to be a critical bomb. The movie scored just 1% on Rotten Tomatoes with a 35% audience score while IMDB users gave a rating of 3.3 out of 10.

The Perry Andelin Blake-directed movie made at the box office $43.4 million against a budget of $16 million.

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Is Jim Carrey Retiring?

Jim Carrey is fairly serious about retiring from acting after Sonic Hedgehog 2
Jim Carrey is ‘fairly serious’ about retiring from acting after Sonic Hedgehog 2. Source: Paramount Pictures

Carrey may stop contributing to his long legacy of movies as an actor. As per reports, Carrey is planning his retirement and he is “fairly serious” about it. “Well, I’m retiring. Yeah, probably. I’m being fairly serious,” Carrey said.

“It depends. If the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink that says to me that it’s going to be really important for people to see, I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break.”

The Dumb and Dumber actor further said that he likes his current quiet life where he could focus on his painting and being spiritual.

“I really like my quiet life and I really like putting paint on canvas and I really love my spiritual life and I feel like — and this is something you might never hear another celebrity say as long as time exists — I have enough. I’ve done enough. I am enough.”

Carrey last appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 reprising his villainous role as Doctor Ivo Robotnik aka Eggman. The movie also stars  Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, James Marsden, Idris Elba, and Natasha Rothwell. Jeff Fowler-directed sequel of the franchise grossed over $405 million worldwide.

Also read: “But I’m retiring. I’m being fairly serious”: Jim Carrey Declared Permanently Leaving Hollywood But Will Return Under 1 Condition

Source: Showbiz CheatSheet.

Written by Lachit

Lachit Roy is a science and entertainment news writer with a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Tezpur University. He has covered various science articles on thepriornews.com and is very enthusiastic about writing entertainment news and trends. Being a movie buff, he is keen on possessing knowledge of the world of cinema and is very fond of bringing the news of the entertainment world to the global fandom. When not writing, he would spend most of his time watching movies or series, sometimes gardening but mostly acquiring knowledge of the beats of his interest.