HOLLYWOOD — At the premiere of his new movie, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” Jim Carrey joked about everything from his transformation into the wily villain Count Olaf (“It only took about two minutes”) to what he considers the funniest part of the movie (“My feet — they’re hideous. But you never actually see them in the film”).
Carrey’s 14-year-old co-star, Liam Aiken, said Carrey’s sense of humor did not make his job easy. “The hardest part about working on this movie was keeping a straight face,” he said. “But it was also the most fun part.”
Jennifer Coolidge, who plays “White Faced Woman #1” in the film, echoed the sentiment. “Jim is funny over and over again. He has more energy than anyone I have ever met in my whole life,” she said. “There were a couple of shots where I would ruin the scene because I just couldn’t keep it together.”
Although Carrey kept the cast in stitches, the film’s plot is no laughing matter. The movie, based on the children’s books, centers around three siblings who are left an enormous fortune after their parents die. They are sent to live with their greedy distant relative, Count Olaf, who they soon learn is trying to steal their riches.
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Kattan, Larry David, George Lopez and Martin Short were among the many stars who brought their families out to the Cinerama Dome on Sunday afternoon to see the film. Leelee Sobieski, Lacey Chabert, Cedric the Entertainer and Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis were in the house as well.
Also in attendance were Rita Wilson and her teenage son Chester. Wilson said that besides being a big fan of Carrey’s, she is also a friend and a neighbor. On the red carpet, she reminisced about her favorite Jim Carrey moment: “We were all at the beach, and I remember Jim came out of the water, ran up to my mom and shook himself off like a dog, right on her,” she said.
Also excited to see the movie was Meryl Streep, who plays Aunt Josephine. She said she had not yet seen the film and rushed inside the theater, not wanting to miss any of it.
Before the movie began, Carrey was able to get his co-stars smiling one more time. As they all gathered together for a cast photo, Carrey began making funny faces at the cameramen. When his castmates realized what he was doing, they burst out laughing.
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