Jim Carrey: Kanye West is one of the great characters of our Zeitgeist


Jim Carrey remains one of the great chameleons of comedy and his latest feat of metamorphosis is as the author of a new work of pseudo-autobiography, titled “Memories and Disinformation”. Published by Knopf on July 7, the book is a fantasy centering on a wealthy, privileged, and jaded actor named “Jim Carrey” adrift in Hollywood excess, with characters including Nicolas Cage, Charlie Kaufman and Gwyneth Paltrow. floating in and out. Carrey spoke about the book on the latest episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” with the eponymous talk show host. Watch the clip below.

Despite all the nominations and creative freedoms, Carrey said no one was crazy about their portrayal in “Memoirs and Disinformation.” “Nic Cage loves it, he’s lost his mind. He thought it was great. He was like ‘go ahead! Immediately he was honored by the whole process. Joe Dangerfield sent me lovely emails about how much he loved him and how much Rodney Dangerfield would have loved him. “

Maher also read a passage from the book “highlighting how difficult it is to parody these days. You can’t stay ahead of how weird shit is. Reading an excerpt centered around an alien invasion, Maher said, “At the end of it, Kanye West says, ‘You don’t have to be afraid. They speak to me in a supernatural voice. I am one with their jam. And I’m not sure he hasn’t said that this week!

“It’s a very strange thing where the parody becomes very parallel to the reality,” Carrey said. “But we have to mark these things, you know. [Kanye West] is one of the big characters in our zeitgeist right now and wanted there to be a place. It doesn’t matter what he does. I can not understand. ”

Kanye West recently made headlines for an announced presidential campaign that has so far resulted in a chaotic rally in South Carolina earlier this month. The event, which saw West pontificate on everything from Harriet Tubman’s role on the Underground Railroad to his views on abortion, led to a meaningful discussion on social media about West’s state of mind. ; West admitted to being bipolar. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, then stepped out to ask for empathy as the family took care of West’s mental health.

Describing his book previously, Carrey said: “There is nothing, at this point in my artistic life, more boring than the idea of ​​writing the actual events of my life in chronological order… Trying to develop my brand . That’s not it… Jim Carrey in this book is really a representative – he’s the avatar of anyone in my position. Of the artist, of the celebrity, of the star. This world and all its excesses, its gluttony, its concentration and its vanity.

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