I’m a willing dummy, happy to suspend disbelief. This is a standard expectation of a filmgoer. I tend to be a chronic filmgoer, i.e. I experience the world as if it were a movie, and so I want to believe everything is possible within it.
I also want to believe whatever movies tell me. This doesn’t mean I swallow everything wholesale and integrate it immediately into my practical existence, but that I want to trust what’s being put out there. For example, in Jim Carrey’s Liar, Liar, as his character Fletcher Reede is trying to secure more time for the trial, he claims that he has to go to the bathroom really badly and that delaying release is toxic for his health. Given that he can’t lie, he summarily accepts this desperate plea as truth, and the judge, unsure himself about the statement’s veracity, obliges. Ever since this scene, I’ve never held in pee.
Because I’m an idiot.
But that’s not the point of this post, not that there’s ever a point to any of my posts since see previous line.
On Jimmy Kimmel recently, Jim Carrey, after dispassionately milking a standing ovation, articulated this pearl of wisdom:
It’s so beautiful, especially when I’m absent from it…Don’t get me wrong, Jim Carrey is a great character, and I was lucky to get the part, but I don’t think of that as me anymore. I used to be a guy who was experiencing the world and now I feel like the world and the universe experiencing a guy.
The crowd laughed dutifully, i.e. uncomfortably, no doubt wondering, “so to whom did we just offer a standing ovation?” Carrey might say, “To no one, of course…To everyone, of course.” Let’s remember, this is the same guy who said:
I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.
He also had a vision board and wrote a blank check to himself worth 10 million dollars for “acting services rendered.”
A cynic can account for all this simply: “fuck Jim Carrey.” A believer can account for all this just as simply: “thank you, Jim Carrey.” I prefer to be the believer, seeing Carrey’s journey as a model. Probably because it brings me back to what I shared two days ago. Carrey’s been healing himself and aligning with his deepest, unique sense of joy, purpose and well-being. May we all be so lucky.