Jim Carrey Refused Salary For Lead Role After Two Consecutive Flops, Ended Up With $35M in Bank Instead

Jim Carrey Refused Salary For Lead Role After Two Consecutive Flops, Ended Up With $35M in Bank Instead
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Known as one of the GOATs in the Hollywood industry, Jim Carrey made a name for himself among the numerous stars with the help of his fantastic sense of humor and the power of his wits. Widely regarded as one of the greatest comedians and performers in the world, the star lives up to that title and then some, delivering some of the most unique and hilarious movies that one would have watched in their life.

Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey

Known for creating old-time classics as well as modern-day blockbusters, the Dumb and Dumber actor is also known for playing complex and emotionally challenging characters in his career. Although his talents and skills have earned him big bucks, there came a time in his life when he accepted a movie that paid him nothing. But as if irony had played a joke, it was the exact same movie that earned him millions in the end.

Yes Man Made Jim Carrey A Multi-Millionaire When He Thought He Would Make No Money!

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Jim Carrey in Yes Man

Known for playing comically goofy and funny characters to laying something emotionally shaking, there is no one that can argue the ability of Jim Carrey to go out there and own the role. From The Truman Show to The Mask and even playing the role of God in Bruce Almighty, the dynamic and adaptable nature, mixed with quick wits and humor make him a deadly force. Although there was this time when the actor had given nothing but two consecutive flops in his career.


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After the recent flop of his movie Fun with Dick and Jane at the box office, Carrey was a little upset with his performance and began to doubt himself and his choices of the films he worked for. Thus, when he was offered the lead role in Yes Man, he took it without hesitation, but the twist was the fact that he refused any form of compensation for his work as the protagonist of the movie. He negotiated for 36.2% of the profits from the movie, thinking that this too was going to be a dumpster fire.

But little did he know that this film would become one of the most profitable films in history with a budget of $70 Million earning a whopping $223 Million at the international box office, which meant that the Sonic The Hedgehog actor now had $35 million to his name. This was one of those instances where even the best comedian couldn’t keep a straight face and had the last laugh.


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What Is Next For Jim Carrey?

Jim Carrey as Eggman in Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Jim Carrey as Eggman in Sonic The Hedgehog 

After playing the role of the quirky yet highly intelligent Doctor Robotnik, a.k.a Eggman in the live-action adaptations of Sonic The Hedgehog, Carrey had revived his witty and funny side to bring such a character to life. Alas, it seems like the actor has decided to leave his life in the limelight behind, as he had revealed earlier during the Press Tours of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 that he would be retiring after this film. Will we ever see him again? Only Bruce Almighty knows.

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