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Jim Carrey on Yes Man

Published December 18, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros
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Funny Jim Carrey is back. He'll do his dark, serious roles, but there'll always be room for the Jim Carrey comedy. In Yes Man, he plays a recluse who agrees to say yes to everything to improve his life.

Carrey Says Yes Man


"I like doing everything," Carrey said. "I love it all, so it's just being creative. I just like being creative, whatever way I have to do it, and I just want to tell stories. So it's really the storytelling aspect that's great, but it's always fun. It's always fun to do something that ultimately it's not the money, it's certainly not the fame because it's a pain in the ass, but it's really the person in the seat you think about. When you sit in the rooms and write, and you do all the things you have to do, it really comes down to thinking about someone sitting in a seat laughing. That's it. When you do a movie like this, it's really that that gets me off, the idea of people actually laughing and maybe having something to think about when they leave the theatre."

Some of the things his character agrees to include bungee jumping, learning to play guitar and learning to speak Korean. "The Korean I just picked that up on the set the day of. I just picked that up. I just hung out with a couple of Korean people on the set and that was it. I just did it. I just riffed. No, actually it took about four weeks of everyday studying it phonetically. It was so difficult, it was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life, to study Korean phonetically to get it down. Then to have a Korean coach, who literally is afraid to go back to Korea, if I get it wrong. He's telling me, 'No, no, no, this is serious. Seriously. I will be hurt.' So I hope I got it right, but yeah, he was on me pretty hard. It took awhile. It took awhile but I'm dedicated. I'm really dedicated."



Carrey did the bungee jump off the bridge for real, and insisted on filming the whole scene, dangling from a cable making a phone call, in one take. "I'm always trying to complicate things, for some reason," Carrey said. "Just like at the last second I'll go, 'Well, maybe I can get that in.' And stuff like that. I always make it really hard for myself, so I had to make a little styrofoam phone so it wouldn't hit me in the lip or something, but I put it in the pocket. They said, 'You're not going to do the scene when you get to the bottom there,' and I went, 'No, I'll do the scene.' I gave it a shot, and I did it. Once I knew I was alive, I was fine."

The film has fun with the self-help craze, but Carrey hopes it has a positive message. "Mostly just to have a good laugh and to feel good in their heart. I think it's not only a funny movie, but I think you really believe the love story and the friendships and so I think there's a lot to walk away with, but I guess the only thing is if there is a message, it's just engage in life. Say yes more than you do no, maybe a little bit more than you did before, and life kind of turns out all right. Usually you regret the things you say no to."

Yes Man opens to theaters on December 19th.

For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the Yes Man Movie Page.

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