Dialogue: An Exclusive Interview with Mr. Popper’s Penguins Star Jim Carrey

Dialogue: An Exclusive Interview with Mr. Popper’s Penguins Star Jim Carrey

Jun 13, 2011

One of the greatest comedy actors in Hollywood, Jim Carrey is back doing what he does best, making audiences laugh. He graces the big screen in a family-friendly movie loosely based on the children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins, playing a wealthy businessman who has lost sight of what’s really important—until he inherits six penguins that turn his life upside down. Carrey co-stars with Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury.

Carrey sat down with us for an exclusive interview to talk about his recent project, being a grandfather and his early years at In Living Color.

Movies.com: I always hear people in Hollywood say, “Don’t work with children and don’t work with animals,” but you seem to throw that out the window all the time.
Jim Carrey:
Oh, yeah. I love it. I like to mix it up. I like to have things be unpredictable and dangerous. I’m not happy unless something or someone in the scene could potentially peck my eye out. [Laughs]

Movies.com: The film actually uses six real life penguins and I heard they were total divas, true?
They definitely have their demands. First of all the set had to be at 30 degrees, you know, because that’s their method. Basically they wouldn’t work with me unless I had fish hanging out of my pockets so yeah, it was a problem. I was very stinky.

Movies.com: Your daughter had a child last year. You are so young at heart that it’s hard to see you as a grandfather. How are you handling this new adventure?
I love it. I welcome life. I still feel young. I’m keeping it together. [Laughs] For me it’s just another human being and another wonderful and loving phase in my family. It’s a great thing.

Movies.com: We recently saw you in an episode of The Office after Steve Carell’s departure. How did that come about?
I love Steve Carell. One of the reasons why I wanted to be on The Office is because I love that show so much, I love his work. A lot of the guys that are executive producing the show started out writing with me, doing things for Liar Liar, so it was great to just pop in for a couple of minutes and do something with those guys.

Movies.com: I grew up watching In Living Color and it’s fascinating to witness your tremendous success. What comes to mind when you think about your time at In Living Color?
Ah, the thing that gave me everything. I miss all of those guys so much. I talked to Damon Wayans a couple of weeks ago. Everyone went off in their own direction. I ran into David Alan Grier at Saturday Night Live and there’s this same connection as if we never left.

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