This week Jim Carrey is bonkers in Kick-Ass 2. Earlier this year he blasted through Burt Wonderstone. And before Christmas he’ll pop-up in Anchorman 2. Carrey is a comic genius who can also be serious. Yet doubters remain. So here are 10 reasons Carrey deserves to be considered one of the great actors of his generation.
1. Kick-Ass 2
As an ultra-violent vigilante Carrey screams a lot, destroys loads of stuff, and fights like a crazy killah. After seeing the finished film, Carrey says he regrets his involvement. We don’t.
2. The Cable Guy
In this dark satire, a needy, creepy Carrey hunts down Matthew Broderick, makes his life a living Hell, and endures a spider crawling across his face.
3. The Number 23
Playing a brooding saxophone playing-murderer with amnesia is a tall order for any actor. Carrey doesn’t pull it off completely but he sure puts a lot of energy into trying. It’s impossible to look away.
4. Man on the Moon
As the iconic Andy Kaufman, Carrey earned the best reviews of his career. And deserved them. He’s funny and dramatic and just plain weird.