Jim Carrey did a very revealing interview with Larry King this week, where he opened up much more than usual, and talked about everything from depression and Jenny McCarthy to The Fockers. Here are some highlights:
King: So have you turned down anything you regretted?
Carrey: I never regret. … [But] you know, “Meet the Parents” was something that I was developing.
King: You turned that down?
Carrey: Yes. I actually created the Fockers in a creative meeting. Yes. But, it was perfect that Ben Stiller did it. When I saw it, I went, “That’s the way it’s supposed to be done.”
King: Ever want to do Broadway?
Carrey: Sure, sure. I’ll do that.
King: Do a play?
Carrey: I would love to do it. I hope I could do it.
King: How did you and [girlfriend Jenny McCarthy] — how did that happen?
Carrey: It’s funny how that happens when you’re in a place that’s really wonderful. I had already gotten to a place in my life where I felt at peace, and I was invited to David Spade’s birthday party. And I went out there that night and I was just in a zone. And I just felt wonderful. It was one of those times when you don’t have to be anywhere but where you are.
King: And you had no girlfriend?
Carrey: I had no girlfriend at the time. I mean, I was just knocking them off one after another. It was just sick. But — so I went to the party. And I just stood there in the middle of the room and kind of had that feeling like I was everything I felt. And she looked at me, and she said, “You just looked so peaceful that I had to come and talk to you.”
King: What did you think when you saw her?
Carrey: I went — well, I mean, I’d seen her a bunch of times, never in person. But I just thought — well, she’s nothing like the persona, like the “Singled Out” person that I met — or that I knew, that I had seen. Because I don’t think I wanted to go out with that person. You know? She was brilliant, but that wasn’t the choice I would make. She was completely different than that. She was really sweet.
King: And that’s magic when it hits?
Carrey: Yes. Beautiful.
King: You can’t predict it?
Carrey: No. You’re just lucky while it’s there, you know. That’s all, just lucky.
King: Are you going to marry Jenny?
Carrey: No. I am married to Jenny. I love Jenny very much, and we have a great relationship. And we’ve both been married a couple times. … I like it the way it is, and I think she likes it the way it is. You know? And that’s all we need. I really don’t, at this point of my life, feel like I need to have the approval of someone in the collar or a judge to tell us that our relationship is sacred.
King: Didn’t you suffer from depression?
King: How did you get through that to this?
Carrey: Well, that’s another thing. You know at the risk of like opening up the whole Tom Cruise Prozac argument, you know, I don’t disagree in many ways. I think Prozac and things like that are very valuable to people for short periods of time. But I believe if you’re on them for an extended period of time, you never get to the problem. You never get to see what the problem is, because everything is just kind of OK. And so, you don’t deal. And people deal when they get desperate.
King: So how did you do it?
Carrey: I take supplements. … It’s a wonderful thing. It’s amazing. I’m going to talk a lot about it in the near future.
King: You’re going to write about it?
There’s a lot to digest here.
What do we think of Carrey’s views on anti-depressants? Can you effectively address the issues underlying depression while being treated for it chemically? And what the fuck does he mean by “supplements”? Is this like Jenny treating autism with a wheat-free diet?
And what of Meet the Parents? Would it have been better with Jim Carrey? Or was it meant for Ben Stiller?
And what do we think Ben thinks of Jim being all like, “Dude, your hit? It was my idea.”
GET TO TALKING.
I need to hear your thoughts.