Jim Carrey Not Returning for Grinch Sequel & 1 The Office Star is His Perfect Replacement

Jim Carrey debunks rumors of his possible return in the Grinch sequel.

jim carrey not returning for grinch sequel & 1 the office star is his perfect replacement


  • Jim Carrey's representative shut down rumors of his appearance in the Grinch sequel.
  • The actor has spoken about retiring but still keeps the door ajar in case an opportunity knocks.
  • Steve Carrell is the perfect replacement for Carrey for the role of the Grinch.
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Jim Carrey fans may feel disappointed after learning he won’t reprise his role in the Grinch sequel. The information has been confirmed by the actor’s representative. Carrey starred as the Grinch in the 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The reason Carrey may not return to the franchise is mostly because the actor enjoys his quiet life away from the spotlight. He has previously mentioned retiring from the industry, stating he has shared enough of his talent with the world.

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Jim Carrey Won’t Reprise His Role As The Christmas Villain In The Grinch Sequel

Jim Carrey’s representative spoke to People and confirmed the rumors spreading online about the actor’s possible return as the Grinch is just a hoax:

There is no truth to Jim reprising his role as the Grinch in a sequel to The Grinch.”

After working nearly four decades in the entertainment industry, Carrey felt like it was time for him to move on. Still, he keeps the door ajar in case an opportunity knocks. He told Access Hollywood:

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.”

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Carrey shared with Cinemablend in 2017 what he thinks about movie sequels. He does not particularly enjoy them especially if there’s a huge gap between the first and the second installment:


I find sequels are a function of commerce for the most part. At least the two I’ve done, they were characters I enjoyed doing, but I did find myself almost parroting myself at that point. When you put 10 years between you and the last time you did it, suddenly you’re going, ‘How did I do that again?’ So, you’re imitating your original inspiration.”

While the status of his character in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 remains a mystery, his rumored return in the Grinch sequel has now been debunked.

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Steve Carrell Will Make A Perfect Grinch

Since Jim Carrey is not returning in the Grinch sequel, fans would be wondering who could take over the character. One of the popular bets is his fellow comedian Steve Carrell. Both actors have been known for their talent in making people laugh, and there’s really no one else who could fill the position other than The Office star.

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Steve Carrell

Carrey and Carrell have previously worked together in the 2008 animated adventure film Horton Hears a Who! so there is probably no issue if the Evan Almighty actor transforms himself into the Grinch. Besides, he has proven time and time again that he’s a good onscreen villain.

The most recent iteration of the Grinch was Benedict Cumberbatch’s version in 2018, produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures.

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Written by Ariane Cruz

Articles Published: 2029

Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.