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There may be no harder task for an interviewer than getting a straight answer from Jim Carrey, but MTV's own Quddus gave it a shot recently, hoping to find out more about the comic actor's latest project, "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events." Carrey plays Count Olaf, an nefarious man who adopts three orphans in order to get at their family fortune and then forces them to do his bidding. As Quddus found out from Carrey, the rubber-faced thespian has a parenting flaw of his own, and it's quite ... uh ... unfortunate for his daughter.

Quddus: So this "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" ...

Jim Carrey: I've been working nights for the past five weeks doing the movie "[Fun With] Dick and Jane," so I've been a little out of my mind. This is fantastic. I'm so glad to be here in Rome.

Quddus: So let's talk about this flick, man, "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events." It seems like a dark, otherworldly thing from the trailers we've all seen.

Carrey: It's the end of the world. It's really one of the signs of the apocalypse.

Quddus: What is it really about?

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Carrey: What it's about is a bunch of orphans running around and ... Well, OK, here's what it's really about: It's about an actor named Olaf, one of the greatest that ever lived, probably the greatest that ever lived — but I can never say that, only he can say that about himself — and there's a bunch of other stuff going on.

Quddus: You play this villain, Count Olaf.

Carrey: This bloodthirsty creepy dude.

Quddus: Is he pretty self-indulgent and not modest in any way about his acting?

Carrey: No, no modesty is nothing. It's for weak people. Olaf knows he's good. He's the best there ever was. Not recognized except in Japan; very big there. They like monsters and stuff.

Quddus: Is it more fun playing the bad guy?

Carrey: It is fun, except it leaves you thinking at the end of it, "Why was I cast? Why me? Why me when they thought of a bloodthirsty child killer?"

Quddus: You seem to have that dark undertone to you.

Carrey: You think so? I've never harmed a child.

Quddus: I believe you, I believe you. So the film is based on the children's book. It kind of made me think you might have to keep in check some of the jokes you might otherwise feel comfortable doing, because they're not so child-friendly.

Carrey: I think kids are pretty tough. My daughter — I say this, it's not right, it's not a good thing as a parent — she saw "The Exorcist" when she was 12. She just saw it someplace and I said, "Well, gosh, you must have been terrified." And she was like, "It was sort of stupid." You know what she was really scared of? She was really afraid of "2001: A Space Odyssey" because that, for her, was a scary notion.

Quddus: In this film you have some orphans who actually become your servants, and you spend all their parents' money. Count Olaf is kind of a warped father figure. Is that a fair description of him?

Carrey: Yeah, I would say that. He's pretty much about himself. You know, the thing about this movie that I love is that no one believes the kids, ever. Which is awesome. It's so much like real life. Kids basically come and they say, "Wait, there's a monster out the window," and people have to be [convinced]. Everything they say has to be proven. This is just the way it is. All the way through the movie, they keep going, "It's Olaf. It's just this horrible disguise," and the people watching are like, "You're mad."

Quddus: What's being a father like to you? What are the best and worst parts of being a father for you?

Carrey: The best parts are the late-night phone calls from the police, I like that. No, the best part is, it's like cliché — everything is great about having a kid. It's an awesome thing you never regret at all, ever. So she's my pal. The worst thing is that she's 17 and still not toilet trained and I gotta work on that. Why don't you do something on MTV about toilet training? Because there's a lot of adolescents walking around out there with no control whatsoever. It's incredible.

Quddus: "True Life: I Have Diapers and I'm Grown."

Carrey: A two-hour piece with Slash and stuff, saying, "Hey, don't poop your drawers, man. It's not cool."

Quddus: You worked with kids in this movie. Is it cooler to act with kids or grown adults?

Carrey: They're awesome. Those guys are great. They were great and it's fun for me to work with kids because they buy it when you're being hyper-serious and stuff like that. They're like, "What's he thinking? What's he doing?"

Quddus: Because they're so pure.

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Carrey: They're so pure and innocent and they can fall into my web of deception.

Quddus: There's you being a villain again. You fall right into the role.

Carrey: [Admiring Quddus' camouflage clothing.] It's amazing how you mix into the foliage like that, you're like Predator. I lose focus every once in awhile. I see this disembodied head floating around. It's floating around. It's fantastic.

Quddus: I want to know a bit about your process, since you've done so many different kinds of movies. What roles do you respond to now? What dictates what you get?

Carrey: I just want to do everything, you know? Just do everything. I want to play Eva Perón.

Quddus: Do you feel pressure to be funny?

Carrey: Just for MTV. That's the only place that I really feel like if I didn't jump through hoops, you guys would never ask me back.

Quddus: No, we can see the dark side and appreciate it.

Carrey: No, I can feel it. I get it. That's my role, I understand. You spin the records and I do the yucks. They don't even spin records anymore. What's the next technology coming out? Because I'm sick of CDs already. I'm sorry. What's next? I just want to find out what the next technology is. You guys should know.

Quddus: MP3s.

Carrey: Yeah, but everybody is gonna have a chip in their head and it's fed by the grand master of all music. I'll have Quincy Jones follow me around. He's not busy, not busy at all. Let's talk about basketball and the violence. So, the kids are better off going to see "Lemony Snicket's" than going to a basketball game.

Quddus: I want to know about the improv that happened on the set, because you obviously love just doing things off he top of your head. Can actors keep up with you on set, or do you find that you often have to do another take because they're left laughing?

Carrey: We have a good time, but hopefully they're all professionals working with me. Even the kids are kind of clued in to what they're doing. So it was tough to make them laugh. I would. Every once in awhile I would try and freak them out, you know. I'd try and get a reaction off camera. They wanted this really shocked reaction, kind of weird reaction. And I went to the director — [because] they weren't getting it — and I said, "Let me handle it." And I went off camera and I went to [the kids], Liam [Aiken] and Emily [Browning], and I went, "Your dog just died," and they started laughing. They cracked up.

Quddus: So do you have any last words? Some hard sell you wanna give to the kids?

Carrey: I just want to tell the kids thanks for coming out and voting. Really, thank you. It showed us in Hollywood that it's important for celebrities, for myself and Leo and all these guys, to get out there and rock the vote. Thank you.




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