Jim Carrey is one of the most beloved icons in the film industry, known for his wonderful performances in era-defining projects such as Peter Weir’s The Truman Show and the post-millennium dystopia of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Over the years, Carrey has worked with some of the finest filmmakers in various genres – ranging from popular comedies to psychological thrillers and complex dramas.
In 2022, the actor revealed that he was seriously considering retirement. “I have enough. I’ve done enough. I am enough,” he declared. Carrey added: “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.”
After the announcement, the actor’s fans took to social media platforms to reflect on his legacy as one of Hollywood’s singular talents. While there are several online rankings of his greatest performances, we have compiled a selection of his work that the actor himself considers his favourite roles of his career.
Carrey highlighted the brilliance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by saying: “Michel [Gondry]is just a creative genius, I think, but people really haven’t discovered him on a mass level yet. He comes in every day with something that just kind of spins you around and makes you go, Wow, somebody’s thinking, man! Thank you! This is great! Somebody’s bringing something to the table.”
But there is another of his classic movies which has just arrived on Netflix, the wonderfully warped 1996 movie The Cable Guy. Landing on the streaming platform this month, the movie is deeply regarded as a cult-classic and arguably one of Carrey’s defining performances.
Carrey explained: “I think Ben Stiller did an amazing job, and it’s populated with the greatest comedy actors of our day when they were just coming into their power. I love that character. That character is all of us: we were all raised by the TV.”
Watch The Cable Guy on Netflix.