To say that Jim Carrey was busy in the 90s – is a massive understatement. Between 1994 and 1999 he was in no less than nine blockbuster Hollywood films. (How is that even possible?!)
During that time he also became the first actor to earn a $20 million salary for his work in The Cable Guy.
Let’s take a look back at some of Carrey’s 90s films and I will let you decide if they stand-up.
The Mask was the first of three movies starring Jim Carrey that was released in 1994. The film is a much lighter interpretation of a Dark Horse comic book series from the 1980. It stars Carrey as a meek bank clerk named Stanley Ipkiss who finds a mysterious mask that turns him into a menacing cartoon character with superhuman powers.
Carrey who is known for his elastic facial expressions has never been so animated then he was in The Mask. The film came out just before Ace Ventura hit theatres and ended up grossing $361 million on a $23 million budget. It also introduced the world to a young Cameron Diaz.
Ace Ventura (1 and 2)
The movie about a whacky animal loving private investigator was the film that skyrocketed Jim Carrey to fame.
He landed the role because of his successful run on the TV show In Living Color but Carrey wasn’t the first choice of producers. They had considered everyone from Rick Moranis to Whoopi Goldberg before landing on Carrey.
Carrey took the film on the condition that he could re-write the script with his team, and they turned it into an incredibly bizarre but popular movie. It stunned Hollywood insiders by earning $107 million dollars on a $15 million budget.
Following the film’s success Carrey was swamped with movie offers but because his original contract for Ace Venture: Pet Detective included a sequel clause he was contractually obligated to make a follow-up movie. Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls was released in 1995 and was a huge hit but most agree it doesn’t stand up to the original.
Dumb and Dumber
Dumb and Dumber came out ten months after Ace Ventura and it perfected Jim Carrey’s goofy (some might say infantile) persona. The film, about two dumb best friends and roommates, Lloyd and Harry also helped put the Farrelly brothers on the map.
And again, it was Carey’s THIRD blockbuster in 1994. An unbelievable feat!
The Cable Guy
When this dark comedy from Ben Stiller and co-writer Judd Apatow was released in 1996 it was widely seen as Jim Carrey’s first real misstep. For many it was considered too dark and weird but in recent years it has become a celebrated cult classic.
It was also the first film that many people saw Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Leslie Mann who incidentally went on to marry Judd Apatow after meeting at the audition for The Cable Guy.
The Truman Show
This 1998 movie is a brilliant satire on the influence of reality TV and is considered by many to be one of Jim Carrey’s best performances.
Carrey plays Truman Burbank, an average, likeable, married insurance salesman who has no idea he is living inside a television show.
It was nominated for three Academy Awards, but not best actor and many, including Carrey felt he was unfairly snubbed.
Man on the Moon
Carrey’s final movie of the 90s was the biopic Man on the Moon about legendary comedian Andy Kaufman.
The 1999 film received mixed reviews from critics who loved Carrey’s all-in performance but were disappointed that the film took great liberties with the truth and never quite penetrated the bizarre head of Kaufman.
It earned just $47 million dollars on an $82 million dollar budget.