Professional gurner Jim Carrey is back in the box office this week contorting his face and making funny voices opposite Steve Carrell in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. It's a return to form for the famed funnyman who's made a career out of his own particular brand of slapstick shtick. So in honour of the movie's release we decided to look back over some of his funniest film moments.
The butt-talking scene – Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
With his wacky, shirts, quirky quiff and eccentric approach, Ace Ventura was the perfect foil for Carrey's brand of hyperactive comedy, which is perhaps why the film serves up so many memorable moments including this infamous butt talking scene. It wasn't big, or clever, and actually prompted many audience members to get up and walk out after seeing it in early test screenings. But looking back it was incredibly funny, and something of a first for cinema. As Carrey himself said: "Until Ace Ventura, no actor had considered talking through his butt." (May contain unsuitable language).
Crazy karaoke – The Cable Guy (1996)
Whilst it doesn't quite hit the high points of the actor's other outings, The Cable Guy still has plenty worth tuning in for, not least a performance from Carrey that perfectly straddles comic and creepy. Nowhere is this more true than in the cringe-worthy karaoke scene where he belts out Jefferson Airplane's Somebody To Love complete with throat warbling and nightmarish pelvic thrusts. Still it's better than that fat bloke who always sings Robbie Williams' Angels down the local isn't it?
I know Kung fu – Dumb And Dumber (1994)
Neo might know kung fu in The Matrix, but we'd wager that even the Chosen One would come a cropper should he go toe-to-toe with one of the titular idiots from the Farrelly brothers' Dumb And Dumber. After all, Carrey's character doesn't just dispatch of an army of waiters, he also rips the still-beating heart out of a particularly handy looking chef and all with his trademark comic buffoonery.
Do the dinosaur – Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Want to see what happens when you leave Jim Carrey alone with a rolling camera and room to improvise? Well then check out this bonus clip from the otherwise forgettable Lemony Snicket, which includes possibly the most believable portrayal of a dinosaur since Jurassic Park first landed in theatres.
The pen is red – Liar Liar (1997)
Fresh from spouting a string of stinging put-downs, Carrey's pathological liar escapes to his office and attempts to undo his newfound affliction for telling the truth with a fib about the colour of his pen. It doesn't end well, for him anyway. For the audience however it's a hoot: Liar Liar is a classic concoction of funny voices, weird faces and a possessed hand routine that Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell could be proud of.
Cow scene – Me, Myself And Irene (2000)
At first glance it's not exactly the most side-splitting of subject matters, but that doesn't mean you can't find something funny about roadkill – just ask Tom Green if you don't believe us. It was a similar story when Carrey re-teamed with the Farrelly Brothers for Me, Myself And Irene; a film in which he not only shoots a cow six times, but ends up wrestling with it on the ground in an attempt to put it out of its misery.
Mad House – Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Carrey turns the crazy all the way up to 11 in another cracking scene from Ace Ventura. This time he's attempting to fool his way into an asylum by playing a traumatised ex-footballer living out his last game complete with slow-mos and live-action replays. It's classic Carrey, the type of the scene where the director set the camera rolling and told him to just do his thing.
Balloon animals – The Mask (1994)
Carrey was nominated for a Golden Globe for his part in The Mask, a comic-book movie that came out before anyone had even dreamt that spandex-clad superheroes could be big at the box office. The film was a smash hit, helping to cement Carrey's place amongst comedy's greats thanks to a performance that is nothing short of manic from start to finish. There are plenty of choice moments as he takes on the mantle of the green-tinged trickster but perhaps the best is when he faces off against a gang of street hoodlums using nothing but some balloon animals and a tommy gun.
Rhino birth - Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
The only sequel Jim Carrey ever made, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls didn't quite hit the ludicrous heights of its predecessor, but it did feature a few stand-out scenes, in particular this hilarious exhibition of physical comedy. Spying on a suspected bat thief from within an animatronic rhino, Carrey's pet detective Ventura starts getting worried when his air conditioning runs out. Cue a gruesome exit.
Most annoying sound in the world - Dumb And Dumber (1994)
As simple as he is endearing, Carrey's Dumb And Dumber dunce Lloyd Christmas is perhaps his most loveable character to date. But as entertaining as he is, there's no way we'd voluntarily enter into an automobile with him... unless he was in the boot. In the Farrelly brothers' idiotic opus, Carrey gets a most memorable centrepiece: driving his hitchhiker passenger - actually a mob hitman - to near insanity with his childish games, immaturity and ear-shatteringly annoying screeching.
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