Actor, comedian and artist Jim Carrey hit the Twitter trends today, for a “woke af” interview he recently made during a fashion show. Has Carrey been “red pilled?” Is he really playing Terence McKenna in that debunked biopic after all…or is he actually McKenna at this point?
He starts the interview like this:
There is no meaning to any of this. I wanted to find the most meaningless thing I could find to come to and join, and so here I am…(interrupts interviewer) I mean, you gotta admit, it’s completely meaningless.
When the interviewer, who has by now realized Carrey is starting to go waaaay off the reservation, tries to bring things back to the topic at hand, he goes off on her:
‘Celebrating icons,’ boy that is just the absolute lowest-aiming possibility that we can come up with! It’s like ‘icons’ (turns to interviewer)—do you believe in icons? (cuts her off before she can answer) I believe in personalities. I believe that you exist, but that there is a wonderful fragrance in the air.
The interviewer then asks him a question about icons. Carrey ignores her, does some sort of impression, and then:
I don’t believe in personalities, I believe that peace lies beyond personality (turns directly to camera now)—beyond invention and disguise. Beyond the red “S” you wear on your chest that makes bullets bounce off. I believe that it’s deeper than that. I believe we’re a field of energy dancing for itself. And uh…I don’t care.
The interviewer—DESPERATELY attempting to brings back to FASHION WEEK—complements Carrey on his clothing choices. He responds:
I didn’t get dressed up. There is no me. There is just things happening. And there are clusters of tetrahedrons moving around together.
Finally, the interviewer asks Carrey about what is happening with our world right now, current events and whatnot. And he says:
Here’s the thing: it’s not our world. That’s the key. (looks straight into the camera) We don’t matter! We don’t matter (pats interviewer’s shoulders)—that’s the good news.
So…here is my take on all this.
#1, I think Carrey absolutely believes what he is saying. Some people have speculated that he might be stoned, or having a manic episode…and who knows, maybe a little of that is true as well. But look at his eyes when he is talking, especially during the end:
He is 100% fucking serious.
#2, frankly I think he’s “giving up.” It’s “enlightenment” (tho that is such a loaded term), sure…but it’s like enlightenment that has led to him giving up. And I think he’s been giving up certainly since 2013, when his filmmaking really slowed down & he started talking about these more metaphysical topics. And after his girlfriend committed suicide a few years ago, and now he’s currently fighting this wrongful death lawsuit brought on by the deceased woman’s family…I think that was the last straw for him. I think that he was done after all that.
As I’ve pointed out in this post, the majority of the roles Carrey has played throughout his lifetime reflect the life of the shaman archetype, a realm of great spirituality but also turmoil. The Number 23, which he made in 2007…I think this was a massively important film for him in terms of how his life “turned.” There is a lot of folklore about the number 23 & misfortune & just weird stuff happening. I feel like this movie—which even managed to work in a Robert Anton Wilson analogue—”tempted fate,” in a way. I think it pulled him into something that he had a “resonance” with but not the fortitude to withstand.
I just wish I had something better and more encouraging to say, here. I certainly don’t think he’s wrong to poke holes at the whole Hollywood/Fashion/Media thing. I think he’s just done with everything, that’s all. He’s going through the motions, but you can see it in his eyes; he’s just finished with it.
More to read about on Butterfly Language:
What Is Happening To Jim Carrey?
The Eternal Weirdness Of Jim Carrey’s The Number 23
Jim Carrey Impersonations, 1992