When people hear the name Jim Carrey a smile often comes to their face because they remember the numerous comedies of his that entertained them over the years. There is no doubt that Jim Carrey’s acting strengths reside in his ability to make people laugh with his use of physical comedy. Over the past ten years however Jim Carrey has ventured out and taken dramatic acting roles and done quite well in the process. Below we will review some of Carrey’s best dramatic performances in feature films.
The Truman Show (Truman Burbank)
Carrey’s first step into a dramatic acting film role came in 1998 in the movie The Truman Show. This movie was perfect for Carrey because it wasn’t overly serious but had some elements where he could show his dramatic acting skills. Truman Burbank was the star of a reality show centered on his life which he was unaware he was taking part in. The film focuses on Truman’s quest to be free.
The Majestic (Peter Appleton)
Three years after The Truman Show Carrey appeared in the hit film The Majestic where he played Peter Appleton. Appleton finds himself washed up on the shore after bumping his head and forgetting who he is. Appleton is welcomed into the small town of Lawson and mistaken for the solider Luke Trimble. Appleton’s quest for the truth helps him find more than just his name. Carrey is great in this film as the storyline was a bit more serious than his previous movies.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Joel Barish)
By far Carrey’s best dramatic film was the 2004 hit Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind where he was cast as the quiet and depressed Joel Barish. Carrey plays opposite the talented Kate Winslet who was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Clementine. Carrey and Winslet were both nominated for Golden Globes for their amazing performance and storytelling. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a must see for anyone looking for an interesting spin on the classic love story.
These are just a few of the over thirty films that Jim Carrey has performed in during his successful acting career. Jim Carrey continues to entertain audiences and is returning to comedy in 2011 with the film Mr. Popper’s Penguins. If you are a fan of Jim Carrey, check out the entire Jim Carrey Filmograpy for all of his roles and films.