Jim Carrey Made A Creepy Comment To A Female Interviewer – And Fans Were Less Than Impressed

While Jim Carrey is first and foremost known as a movie star, he’s also now earned a reputation for controversy. Over the last few years, in fact, the actor has raised eyebrows for his outlandish claims and sometimes strange behavior. And while on the promotional tour for the 2020 movie Sonic the Hedgehog, Carrey arguably provoked his biggest furor to date. During one interview, you see, he made a shocking comment that soon plunged the internet into furious debate.

But of course Carrey’s no stranger to the spotlight, and from time to time he’s even seemed to court attention with bizarre statements. In 2015, for example, he explained his opinion on vaccinating young children by tweeting, “I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury-laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!” Even so, people pointed out that the level of mercury involved in inoculations was extremely low.

Then, later that year, Carrey hit the headlines for a more tragic reason, as it emerged that his former girlfriend Cathriona White had taken her own life. White’s family subsequently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the actor that claimed Carrey had tested positive for sexually transmitted diseases and not informed his partner at the time. A separate claim also accused the star of wrongfully obtaining prescription drugs for White. In 2018, though, all of the lawsuits were thrown out.

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And the anti-vaccination comments, the wrongful death lawsuit and the political cartoons that Carrey sometimes posts on Twitter have all arguably taken their toll on the actor’s public image. What’s more, Carrey had already provoked debate on the Sonic tour before he had shocked an interviewer.

You see, weeks before, Carrey appeared on The Graham Norton Show to promote Sonic the Hedgehog. And he happened to be sat alongside actress Margot Robbie, who was there to discuss sexual harassment drama Bombshell. Strikingly, he made a comment that some people took as an insult to her.

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Talking to Robbie on the show, Carrey said, “It’s incredible you got as far as you have with your obvious physical disadvantages. Unbelievable. It’s really something. That’s just pure talent there. It’s a talent override there!” People took this to mean that Carrey was sarcastically insinuating Robbie was only successful because she was good-looking.

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Unperturbed, Robbie appeared to simply laugh off the joke. But the people watching it unfold were not terribly impressed. One person tweeted out, tagging Carrey’s Twitter account, “How Margot Robbie kept her composure when Jim Carrey almost flat out said she’d only got where she was on looks alone I’ll never know.”

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And another person wrote on Twitter, “I love Jim Carrey to death but his comments on Margot Robbie last night left me extremely disappointed. I think in his head he was trying to be funny but it came across as condescending, rude and weird. Might skip the Sonic movie after this, but I’m not sure.”

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Interestingly, Sonic the Hedgehog itself caused controversy, just in a very different way. It was the big-screen adaptation of the beloved video game character Sonic, and would feature the character interacting with the real world. But when the first trailer came out in April 2019, fans went into uproar.

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Yes, the design of Sonic was not what fans expected, to say the least. And the internet exploded in memes about Sonic’s strange new look and his human-like mouth. One person wrote, “Wtf why does Sonic look like this? It’s so creepy! Those teeth… Jim Carrey looks like the only good part of this movie. Oh boy.”

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Despite the apparent dislike of the titular hedgehog, fans of the franchise conceded that Jim Carrey was a good casting for the movie’s villain Dr. Robotnik. And furthermore, unlike Sonic, he did look pretty cool in his outfit. One tweet read, “OMG I need to see the Sonic movie for this man alone! Jim Carrey is gonna kill it!”

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But in what might be a Hollywood first, the movie’s creators decided to push back the release date and completely redesign Sonic. You see, this appeared to be as a result of the so called public backlash. And director Jeff Flower tweeted out that the VFX artists were “taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” and the movie would be released on February 14, 2020.

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As one of the film’s biggest names, it was perhaps inevitable that Carrey would be asked about the sudden announcement. And during the 2019 Television Critics Association press tour, he was questioned as to how he felt about the redesign and the pushed back release. What followed was more textbook candour from Carrey.

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The actor, who was actually there to promote his show Kidding rather than Sonic, said, “It’s an interesting thing. You just become their [fans/people’s] Frankenstein monster at some point, right? But I don’t know. I don’t know quite how I feel about the audience being in on the creation of it while it’s happening.”

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And Carrey went on, “So we’ll have to see what that entails, because sometimes you find that the collective consciousness decides it wants something, and then when it gets it, it goes, ‘Okay. I just wanted it. I didn’t care about it. I just jumped on the bandwagon,’ or whatever. But I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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However, Carrey also appeared to not be too bothered about changes to a movie he’d already filmed scenes for. He said, “I don’t really concern myself with things once I did my thing. I’m not super concerned about it. It’s going to happen how it happens. It’s either going to be a good thing or a bad thing.”

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The Dumb and Dumber star concluded, “I believe in auteurs, and I believe in creatives. I believe in having them do it. As far as something like a Sonic character, that’s something people have a sense of ownership from their childhood. So, of course, they’re going to get involved if they can. We’ll see if it’s a good thing or a bad thing.”

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Before the movie even came out, Carrey told the media he’d like to do a sequel. Talking to Jake Hamilton at the end of January, the actor said “I wouldn’t mind going to do another one because it was so much fun, first of all, and a real challenge to try to convince people that I have a triple-digit IQ… There is so much room, you know, Robotnik has not reached his apotheosis.”

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Although some fans suspected the finished film would be a bad one, early reviews gave it fairly decent marks. Yes, reviewers praised the way creators changed the design of the Sonic character to be much cuter, and they also claimed the film was a great showcase for Carrey’s considerable comedic talents.

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Crucially, while Carrey didn’t ruin any of this initial success in his questionable interview, what he said certainly raised eyebrows. You see, on February 11 he sat down with entertainment journalist Charlotte Long for the YouTube channel heatworld. At the beginning of the interview she told him what an honor it was to meet him, and he replied, “Me too, thank you.”

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In the interview Carrey discussed what it was like being famous. He said, “It’s been a long trip in order to get to a place where you not only appreciate the fact that there’s a lot of people who love you, but you look at them coming up and saying hello or asking for a selfie or whatever as not something that is being taken away from you but something that’s being given to you.”

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Then the actor added, “And I have a lot of fun with people.” After that, Long posed the casual question, “In the film Sonic has a bucket list. And I was wondering after all you’ve done in your career and in your life, is there anything still left on your bucket list?” Well, the actor’s answer stunned a lot of people.

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Yes, in answer to the question Carrey told the interviewer, “Just you.” Long laughed and said “Wow!” As the actor told her, “It’s all done now,” she said in an upbeat tone, “I don’t know what to say to that!” Then Carrey said, “Just own it.” That short conversation, caught on camera, caused a massive debate.

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Indeed, Long shared a clip of the interview on Twitter, writing “Didn’t expect this when I asked Jim Carrey about bucket lists.” And some people who watched the clip came away seemingly unhappy with Carrey’s behavior. One person wrote directly to Long, “Why is this kind of thing still going on? Well handled, you’re a legend.”

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Another person tweeted Long, “Why is it ever necessary to do this? It’s so creepy, sleazy and unfair to someone conducting an official interview. There are those like him [Carrey] out there who think it flatters – sleazeballs don’t realise it’s perceived in most cases as vomit worthy. I’ve gone right off him.”

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As debate raged the hashtag “#MeToo” came up. This is in reference to the movement that aims to highlight the sexual mistreatment of women. You see, it was first created by activist Tarana Burke in 2006, but after abuse allegations arose against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in 2017, it gained more traction.

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In October 2017 actress Alyssa Milano wrote on her Twitter account, “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” It transpired that many people, including A-list Hollywood actresses, had stories of sexual harassment.

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What’s more, many good things have come from the #MeToo movement. The Time’s Up Defense Fund, which was created by women in Hollywood, has reportedly helped scores of victims of sexual misconduct get justice. And people accused of serious sexual offenses, such as actor Kevin Spacey, have lost their jobs and been investigated.

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But was Carrey’s joke in the interview a #MeToo moment, or was it the actor “having fun with people”? That was the question people posed to each other in the comments section of the YouTube video. In fact, some insisted that the actor’s words had been misinterpreted, and he hadn’t even made a sexual reference.

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Yes, one person commented on YouTube, “For the record, he wasn’t implying ‘sex,’ he was insinuating doing an interview with her. As in, ‘I’m doing the Tonight Show on Friday.’ You can tell because he follows it up by, ‘It’s all done now’ meaning he’s ‘done her’ aka ‘done her interview.’ Please don’t #metoo Jim Carey for a non-sexual joke that is misinterpreted…”

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And someone else added, “It was a simple innocent flirtatious moment of stating that the interview he was in at that moment was the last thing on his bucket list. These actors/actresses are doing dozens of interviews on these press junkets and can get seriously bored after the same question time after time. I was impressed with his perceived sincere candor during the entire interview.”

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Another YouTuber pointed out, “Jim did a video years ago declaring his love for Emma Stone I believe it was. That was a joke too but why wasn’t that such a big deal…?” However, although that was back in 2011 before the #MeToo movement’s peak, some commentators still slammed Carrey for it.

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In the clip, the 49-year-old Carrey addressed the 22-year-old Stone and said, “Emma, I just want to let you know that you’re all-the-way beautiful. If I were a lot younger I would marry you. We would have chubby little freckled-faced kids… Every day for the rest of your life, you would thank God that I was the appropriate age for you.”

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At the time Vulture magazine noted, “Guys, sometimes we make a joke. We think it’s a really dead-on, witty piece of art, and it’s only later we stop to consider the fact that we are not making said joke inside a cultural vacuum. That there are, in fact, old men who hit on inappropriately young women in an unsettling manner all the time, or that very few people want to hear about how a complete stranger wants to put his babies inside them.”

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But Stone herself didn’t seem to mind. After the video showed up, she wrote on her own social media, “I was a huge Jim Carrey fan. Now I’m not sure if I should be flattered, or seen an order for protection?” alongside a winking face. And in 2012, she told New York Magazine, “I was so flattered I can’t even tell you.”

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Such was the backlash against Carrey’s comment to Long that his rep, Marleah Leslie, approached USA Today magazine. And she said in a statement, “This is a ridiculous non-story. Jim’s full quote was ‘Just you! That’s it, I’m all done now!’ clearly and good-naturedly referring to the interview as being on the top of his bucket list.”

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The statement went on, “It was in no way a reference to the journalist herself. This is another example of a clickbait headline pandering to the dark side of ‘scroll culture’ – a dirty business done by and for people with dirty minds.” So it was clear what Carrey’s camp made of the whole thing.

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What’s more, Carrey’s comment didn’t affect the success of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. You see, it was expected to gross around $40–50 million in its first four days, but it actually grossed far more. Yes, by the end of the four days it had made $70 million, making it the second largest opening weekend for a Jim Carrey movie.

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And critics from some of the biggest publications raved about Carrey’s performance. Despite giving the film a two-starred review, Steve Rose of The Guardian wrote, “If this movie has an ace in the hole, it’s Jim Carrey…He’s far more animated than Sonic. And far too good for this.” Meanwhile Dami Lee from The Verge wrote “Carrey plays up Robotnik as the cartoon villain he is, and it’s a true delight to watch him in his element.”

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The end credits of Sonic the Hedgehog hint that there will indeed be a sequel, just like Carrey wanted. When that happens, the comic will probably end up doing another promotional tour for it. But there’s a strong chance that he might get told by his PR people, this time, to tread carefully during interviews. And that’ll probably be for the best.

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