Although he was rumored to be in the upcoming Grinch sequel, it appears that Jim Carrey will not be reprising his role as the infamous Holiday Cheermeister.
According to People, various reports have claimed that a sequel to Carrey’s 2000 holiday film was in the works. He was also slated to reprise his role. However, the actor’s rep confirmed that was not the case. “There is no truth to Jim reprising his role as the Grinch in a sequel to The Grinch,” his rep said.
The media outlet also reported that Carrey previously announced he was stepping away from acting after nearly 40 years in Hollywood. While promoting Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the actor stated he was done acting.
“If the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink,” the Grinch star explained. “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.”
Carrey then admitted that he enjoyed his quiet life as well as enjoyed putting paint on canvas. “I really love my spiritual life, and I feel like — and this is something you might never hear another celebrity say as long as time exists – I have enough,” he added. “I’ve done enough. I am enough.”
Jim Carrey Previously Spoke About the Struggles He Faced During the ‘Grinch’ Production
During a 2000 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jim Carrey recalled the struggles he faced while getting into the Grinch character.
“About two weeks in, I was having a lot of trouble with the Grinch suit,” Carrey explained. “So they brought a guy in who actually teaches people how to handle torture, and he gave me some tips. You just forget [the pain].”
Carrey also admitted that sitting around wearing the costume wasn’t fun at all. “I can be as uncomfortable as I want, but when somebody says action, it’s like going into another reality.”
Meanwhile, Grinch director, Ron Howard, stated in 2001 that Carrey had a major say in getting the movie done. “Jim wanted to play the Grinch,” Howard explained to Empire. “And he would get the rights for the whole story, and give it to another producer if that’s what it took.”
Carrey ended up having to impress Dr. Seuss’ wife Audrey Geisel to get the film off the ground. “He invited Mrs. Geisel to the set,” Howard continued. “For a while, he was talking to her like Andy Kaufman. And he’d drop that and turn back to her and the Grinch for a whole minute of Grinchiness, including the grin. And she was totally enthralled.”
The Grinch premiered in Nov. 2000. Starring in the film with Carrey included Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambo, and Bill Irwin.
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