Stars who can’t stand Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey is an all-time comedy legend with a string of hits so long that IFC declared he “ruled the ’90s.” He became a household name in 1994 with the release of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and he didn’t slow down for over a decade, cranking out classics like Dumb & Dumber, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, and Me, Myself & Irene, just to name a few.
But while Carrey was busy making fans chuckle, he was also rubbing some celebrities the wrong way. One example? Look no further than a certain accomplished actor who Carrey met while filming Batman Forever in late 1994. This Hollywood vet reportedly couldn’t stand the comedian, even going as far to call him a buffoon. Ouch.
Then there’s the issue of Carrey’s liberal politics. The actor ramped up his rhetoric when President Donald Trump took office , which inspired him to create frequent political cartoons mocking and critiquing members of the Trump administration. Although Carrey has picked up some new fans because of his artwork, some well-known politicians aren’t impressed with his unique interpretations.
Intrigued to find out who else doesn’t like America’s favorite funny man? Pull up a seat and let’s take a look at the stars who can’t stand Jim Carrey.
Tell us how you really feel, Tommy Lee Jones
It’s not uncommon for celebrities to butt heads while filming a movie, a phenomenon Jim Carrey encountered while playing The Riddler in 1995’s Batman Forever alongside actor Tommy Lee Jones (shown above). As Carrey tells it, Jones — who played Harvey “Two-Face” Dent in the film — openly expressed hatred towards him. Carrey recalled one particular incident when he ran into Jones at a restaurant prior to filming a big scene, stating during an appearance on the Norm Macdonald Live podcast: “The maître d’ said, ‘I hear you’re working with Tommy Lee Jones. He’s over in the corner having dinner.’ I went over … and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face.” We’re all ears, Carrey — tell us more.
He continued: “And he started shaking, and he got up … he must have been in mid kill-me fantasy or something like that. … And he went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ … And I said, ‘Gee man, what’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'” Ha! We guess Carrey’s silly personality really rubbed Jones the wrong way.
Carrey, who had a few different theories for Jones’ behavior, made it clear that he holds no ill will towards his former co-star. “I still love him,” he admitted.
Shia LaBeouf hit below the belt
One of Jim Carrey’s strangest feuds involves actor Shia LaBeouf, which started when Carrey poked fun at LaBeouf during the 2014 Golden Globes. Carrey’s joke addressed the allegation that LaBeouf plagiarized the work of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, and that he apologized for the incident with a response supposedly lifted from Yahoo! Answers. After reciting the famous saying, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard,” Carrey then quipped: “I believe it was Shia LaBeouf who said that. So young, so wise.” Although, it’s not clear who made the original quote famous, LaBeouf had nothing to do with it.
As for how LaBeouf responded to the dig? The answer is: not well. In a since-deleted tweet (via HuffPost), the actor uploaded a YouTube video of the “Jane Carrey Band,” a group led by Carrey’s adult daughter, Jane Carrey, with the caption: “At least I don’t get arrested for indecency on major LA highways! Or abandon love child’s [sic].”
It’s probably important to note here that Carrey was once married to Jane’s mother Melissa Womer, and that LaBeouf’s characterization of his parenting was way off. At least, according to Carrey’s ex-girlfriend, Jenny McCarthy, who said on The View, (via Hollywood Life): “Jim is a great father and he loves Jane more than anything in the world.”
LaBeouf later apologized, tweeting (via E! News), “Jim Carrey states that he is deeply involved in his daughter’s life — I accept that, regret tweet on the matter. Apologies to both parents.”
Ted Cruz probably can’t count on Carrey’s vote
In a twist many fans probably didn’t see coming, Jim Carrey found himself embroiled in a public feud with Senator Ted Cruz over a drawing. It all started when Carrey tweeted a portrait he made regarding the 2018 U.S. Senate race between Republican Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Cruz was depicted as a vampire, while O’Rourke was drawn as the hero vanquishing his opponent with sunlight.
“Go Beto! Go Democrats! Vote like there’s no tomorrow,” Carrey tweeted alongside the photo. “Let’s make this Tuesday like the end of every great vampire movie. Pull back the curtains and let the sunshine turn all those bloodsuckers to dust.” Hmm, we guess Carrey isn’t a fan of subtlety.
As one might imagine, Cruz didn’t appreciate the artistic rendering one bit. “Hollywood liberals all in for Beto. But (self-described socialist) Jim Carrey made a mistake here: Vampires are dead, and everyone knows the dead vote Democrat….,” the politician shot back on Twitter. Yikes, Cruz really went for the jugular there.
Probably to Carrey’s chagrin, Cruz won the race against O’Rourke on Nov. 6, 2018.
Is there anything more fierce than a dad defending his daughter?
One of Jim Carrey’s frequent targets in the Trump administration is reportedly White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Carrey tends to exaggerate Sanders’ features in his portraits, giving her monster-like qualities. “This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!” Carrey captioned a drawing of an angry, Sanders-esque woman mid-scream.
Another portrait shows a woman resembling Sanders posed against a black backdrop covered with the word “lies.” Carrey captioned the cartoon: “Beware the Gorgon. She’ll turn your heart to stone.”
Huckabee, who often comes to his daughter’s defense, didn’t appreciate Carrey’s antics. “Pathetic BULLY, sexist, hater, bigot & ‘Christaphobe’ @jimcarrey attacks @PressSec for her faith; what would be hypocritical Hollywood reaction if he called someone a ‘so-called Muslim’ or ‘so-called Jew?’ #classlessCarrey,” Huckabee railed against Carrey in his Twitter reply.
Huckabee, however, wasn’t the only one to bash Carrey for the portraits. Many people felt the actor took things too far, with one critic tweeting: “It’s ok to be mean and hurtful as long as it’s to someone you disagree with, right?”
As for Carrey? He has yet to remove the controversial pictures as of this writing.
Carrey finds few ‘friends’ at Fox News
Fox & Friends/Instagram
To say conservative television hosts aren’t a fan of Jim Carrey is an understatement. The actor is particularly loathed by the cast of Fox & Friends, as evidenced by a segment they dedicated to him in March 2018. “There is a double standard,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt complained during the episode about Carrey’s supposed portrait of Sanders (via The Wrap). “Don’t Democrats, don’t they preach and march and protest and have women’s marches and they say ‘tolerance, tolerance, tolerance?’ Where’s the tolerance here?” Earhardt then went in on Carrey, adding: “Her dad was a minister before he became governor and Jim Carrey is attacking her faith too. He says this is a portrait of a so-called Christian.”
Fox Business host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery also took a jab at Carrey during a September 2018 episode, complaining that liberal stars like him and Sean Penn are hypocritical. “Everyone wants to be liked. It’s a basic human impulse for some of you and that explains the turn-on-a-dime hypocrisy from people Jim Carrey and Sean Penn,” she stated (via The Wrap).
The conservative commentator then likened “being cool” to “heroin,” claiming, “Once you get high you spend the rest of your life chasing that fleeting feeling. And what’s cooler than pretending you hate money and giving away someone else’s stuff under the guise of fairness?”
Oh boy, it’s obvious there’s no love lost here.
Kick-Ass artist John Romita Jr. landed some real-life blows
Jim Carrey caused a bit of controversy in June 2013 when he slammed Kick-Ass 2, a black comedy which he starred in. The actor tweeted that he could no longer support the film — based on a comic book of the same name — due to its supposed emphasis on violence. “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he wrote, referencing the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. “My apologies to e.”
We’re not sure if the “E” is a typo, but it’s clear Carrey offended Kick Ass writer John Romita Jr. with his remarks. Romita Jr. touched on this in an interview with Comic Book Resources, stating: “I know I’ll never work with that bonehead again, so let me say this. I think Mark [Millar] and I have talked about this before, but here’s a guy who could have capitalized on the character he played and played it toward his anti-gun stance. The character he played gave up weapons — gave up guns — and became a good guy. Anybody with three quarters of an education could have figured out how to fold that idea in with their anti-gun ideas. He’s not a smart enough guy to do that. He cashed his check and took his money, and then he went and pulled a bunch of crap on our film.”
When funny guys fight, we all win
In the past, Jim Carrey has never shied away from his reported anti-vaccination views. And in June 2015, the actor slammed then California Gov. Jerry Brown on Twitter for signing a law “eliminating personal and religious belief exemptions for vaccines,” according to The Sacramento Bee. Carrey, who was against the idea, tweeted in response to the bill’s passage: “California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in mandatory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped.”
Writer Matt Oswalt didn’t find Carrey’s message amusing. He shot back: “@JimCarrey is this your way of announcing they’re making a Dumb and Dumber 3?” A+ for the film reference, Oswalt.
Carrey didn’t respond to Oswalt’s remark, but he did try to clarify his initial tweet following some backlash. “I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury,” he tweeted. “They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!”
We have a feeling these two won’t see eye-to-eye on this issue anytime soon.