Cars in Jim Carrey’s movies

Last February 4th Ace Ventura celebrated 30 years since its arrival in cinemas around the world. Its main caracter, Jim Carrey, was preparing to become a true icon, reaping everything he had sown during a very difficult childhood and adolescence in Canada, and a somewhat shaky start to his career.1994 is not only the year of “Ace Ventura”, but also of “The Mask” and “Dumb & Dumber”: three movies that will consecrate the actor from Newmarket (Ontario, Canada) to the Olympus of comedy.A project that very often appears "calculated", if we take some of the actor's statements regarding the "visualization" techniques that he says he has adopted in previous years.What Carrey couldn't imagine, however, was becoming, a few years later, the first comedian to earn an exorbitant amount like 20 million dollars for a single movie. A success never seen before in Hollywood.We realised, while reviewing the filmography, that in many movies from 1994 to today the presence of cars is very frequent, sometimes even truly iconic ones. We have already had the opportunity to talk about the Saleen S7 driven in "Bruce Almighty". But the list is really long and deserves to be explored further. We mention just a few.
Ace Ventura – Pet Detective (1994)
“Like a glove!”. With this line, translated into Italian as “Puntualissimo” (which in the sequel to the movie, “Ace Ventura – Mission Africa” becomes “Parcheggio perfietto”) Ace Ventura parks his 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the streets of Miami. This car is part of the first Monte Carlo series produced in the early 1970s, and appears heavily dented throughout the movie. The model is also available at a good price on various e-commerce sites. A real treat for fans of Carrey's movies.
Dumb and Dumber (1994)Raise your hand if, watching Dumb and Dumber, you have never wanted to get into the iconic "sheepdog" car driven by both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. It is a 1984 Ford Econoline covered entirely in fur. In place of the license plate it has a loud “Woof!” and in one of the many funny scenes of the movie you can see how the petrol tank is placed under one of the car-dog's hind legs. It is not the only car driven by Carrey in this movie: in the opening scenes he appears driving a 1987 Cadillac Brougham Strech Limousine. It is in this car that he falls in love with one of his passengers (played by Lauren Holly, who a few months later will become his first wife) which will trigger the journey by the two protagonists of the movie in search of the "dangerous" briefcase that she abandons at the airport.
The Mask (1994)
Do you remember the scene in which Jim Carrey/Stanley Ipkiss, to go see the performance of the beautiful Tina/Cameron Diaz at the Coco Bongo Club, goes to the two vulgar body shop dealers to rent a car and they give him the so-called "substitute"? This is a 1951 Studebaker Champion that has completely gone bad. In fact, the car stops in the middle of the bridge that connects the city of Edge City. But even this wreck can have its usefulness: it is thanks to the broken down car that Stanley looks out over the river and notices the mask that will make it green and ssssssmokey!
Liar Liar (1997)
In this movie, Carrey plays the successful lawyer Fletcher Reed who, following a wish expressed by his son Max on his birthday, cannot tell a lie for 24 hours. The implications, as always, are comical: in his impotence to lie, Fletcher indulges in grimaces and expressions that have remained in history. What about Fletcher's car? A 1986 Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse, convertible, which well reflects the social status of the protagonist. Also in this case the car is a fundamental means of transport: in the final scenes, the vehicle will allow the protagonist to reach the plane on which his son Max is boarding together with his mother and her partner.
The Truman Show (1998)Even today we can't believe the fact that Jim Carrey didn't get an Oscar nomination for this movie (despite having won a Golden Globe for best male performance for the same). “The Truman Show” is the movie that definitively established Jim Carrey as a dramatic actor, convincing even the most skeptical critics. Here, Carrey/Truman drives a 1996 Ford Taurus. This car also has a very specific function: Truman, in fact, can drive it but cannot leave the town of Seaheaven Island. He tries and almost succeeds in a dramatic scene, when he begins to understand that the reality he is experiencing is all a show, with the same extras ready to hinder him every day. It is in that scene that he drives his Taurus around the city's roundabouts numerous times, in order to confuse the production of the Truman Show.
Me, Myself and Irene (2000)
“Elevated manic schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage.” This is the diagnosis of poor Charlie, a policeman with exemplary conduct who, from one moment to the next, becomes Frank, a foul-mouthed and decidedly not politically correct character. The story of Charlie's schizophrenia is intertwined with the story of Irene (played by Renée Zellweger) who is stopped by the police on charges of hit-and-run. Charlie is entrusted with the task of accompanying the girl from the state of Rhode Island to that of New York and it is on this journey that Irene becomes witness to numerous killings. Frightened, Charlie and Irene decide to flee. And they do it in style: stealing a 1968 Buick LeSabre. An elegant car capable of withstanding even slightly more unusual road conditions, like those that the two (three, considering Charlie's double personality) face in this movie
Of course, these aren't the only movies where Jim Carrey is behind the wheel of a car. There are other great movies in which we see him aboard extraordinary cars: from the aforementioned Saleen S7 in "Bruce Almighty" to the Mercedes-Benz 500 SL in "I love you Philip Morris". However, we can say that in those mentioned, the car embodies a sort of medium through which Jim Carrey's character manages to have an evolution within the story.After his farewell to the stage a couple of years ago on live television, it seems that Carrey will be present in the cast of "Sonic 3". Our desire is to see him again in other moies and, why not, on board new cars.
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