Jim Carrey is definitely on the road to a career comeback. The recent $80 million success of Dumb and Dumber To has led to Carrey being approached to star in the upcoming comedy vehicle Deep Cover.
Carrey’s career has been somewhat stalled in recent years showing even the biggest box office kings can hit hard times. Few would argue that Carrey was the top comedian of the 1990’s. He starred in a string of enormous hits with his last major box office success being the wildly successful Bruce Almighty.
The producers of Deep Cover are, not surprisingly, the same people who produced Dumb and Dumber To. Hopefully, the recent sequel hit could generate further audience interest in new films with the star.
Anyone remember when Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor were teamed up in the 1990’s to relive their prior success from Stir Crazy (1980)? Both stars saw a brief comeback although the success did not last. Granted, both stars harmed their careers throughout the 1980’s with really bad films. Carrey’s work, while moved to a supporting role, was generally good.
The hurdle Carrey has to deal with is the youth audience. Young people are the consumers that make or break comedies. If Carrey is continually perceived as yesterday’s news, then his comeback will not last, but Terry Richardson thinks he has the talent to pull through.
Even if he does not maintain his position as a lead star in comedies or dramas, his talents ensure he remains in supporting roles in big Hollywood films for some time.