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Anyhow, I recently participated in a pretty crazy press conference with Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel (his love interest in the film) and the transcript is below. While I usually recommend reading interviewsâ€this one will be a lot funnier if you listen. If youâ€™d like the audio, click here.
ZD: Yeah, I usually write music alone, so it was fun to write with other people, and all those girls are so great, and so talented and funny and smart and it was a fun process cause we had a week to rehearse and...
A lot of us got to see you do the jump Jim, so we witnessed that it really was you, but I want to know, at this point, I mean back then you were there, and it was the moment and everything, but in retrospect, what did you think of the jump, what was going on in your mind and what do you think about it now
JC: Death. Lots of death. You know, thoughts of crossing over (laughter) were actually going through my mind. It was very strange, it was like well they do this all the time, this is no big, they got this down, it's no problem and then I got to the bridge, and that was intense enough. I went, oh my god, what have I done What am I doing here But when I got my feet up on the ledge, it literally was like a frieght train going through my veins, through my entire body, the whole time, until I jumped and everything. It was insain. It was insain. It was unbelievable. And I actually had post traumatic stress, after it. (laughter) For about a week after, I dreamt of hitting the ground, all those things. It was amazing. So those people that do that all the time, they are addicted to some kind of adrenaline rush like you would not believe. They just do not stop.
JC: No, I did it in one jump. I'm always trying to complicate things, for some reason, just like at the last second I'll go, well maybe I can get that in. And stuff like that. I always make it really hard for myself, so I had to make a little styrofoam phone so it wouldn't hit me in the lip or something, but I put it in the pocket and they said, you're not going to do the scene when you get to the bottom there, and I went, no, I'll do the scene. (laughter) I gave it a shot, and I did it. Once I knew I was alive, I was fine. (laughter)
JC: I would say yes, even when I say no. (laughter) Because sometimes saying no is saying yes to your own self worth. Do you know what I'm saying (laughter) No, I like to enjoy life, I like to engage in life, so I would say I'm a yes man. I said yes to so many things, from a sex change to gastric by-pass surgery. (laughter) So, it's always paid off for me. (laughter) I've kept the weight off. (laughter) I have. I work hard at it.
Jim, you're a very positive guy, I know from talking to you in the past, but was it hard to actually make fun of a philosophy you personally subscribe to You believe in the power of positive thinking.
JC: Yeah. No, everything can be made fun of, I mean the most serious things are ripe for making fun of them. I have trouble, I have spiritual beliefs but I could literally go out and make an entire comedy routine about and tour as some sort of spiritual guru, but it kind of goes against that I actually believe the things. And so I'm always kind of caught in the middle.
JC: Mostly just to have a good laugh. And to feel good in their heart. I think it's not only a funny movie, but I think you really believe the love story and the friendships and so I think there's a lot to walk away with, but I guess the only thing is if there is a message, it's just engage in life, you know say yes more than you do no, maybe a little bit more than you did before, and life kind of turns out all right. Usually you regret the things you say no to.
JC: I believe in them. And I believe that they can create their reality. And that weekend, they're going to go, you know what, there is no recession, there is no problem, I'm going to spend my money, I'm going to go in there, I'm going to walk out with a smile on my face and say yes to life as is. (laughter) How's that
JC: This is what comedy's about. To laugh at the pain, laugh at the confusion, whatever, I mean, you need it. Comedy's always welcome. But especially in times like this. It's like, what else do you want to do You want to have some positive happen in your life. I think this is it. This is the answer to everything. (laughter) Yes Man is the answer.
JC: I like doing everything. I love it all, so it's just being creative. I just like being creative. Whatever way I have to do it, and I just want to tell stories. So it's really the storytelling aspect that's great, and but it's always fun. It's always fun to do something that ultimately it's not the money, it's certainly not the fame because it's a pain in the ass, but it's really the person in the seat you think about. When you sit in the rooms and write, and you do all the things you have to do, it really comes down to thinking about someone sitting in a seat laughing. And that's it, when you do a movie like this, it's really that that gets me off, the idea of people actually laughing and maybe having something to think about when they leave the theatre.
Jim, there's a quote attibuted to you in the press notes, with respect to this character where you say that you've been there yourself at times in your life, that you know exactly where he's coming from. Can you amplify that comment
JC: Well, I go in and out of shut in. My social life goes in bursts where I get, oh I got to get out and do something man, I got to do something, I'll plan a trip and go on a motorcycle trip down the Baja for 900 miles and I'll hang out with my friends for like a month, and then they'll never see me for two months or three months or whatever and I won't answer any calls. I mean, I go back and forth, so it's just kind of a see-saw effect. But I need both. And I don't think I'm ever going to have the kind of life or schedule that I can really kind of have a steady way of doing things. You know, sometimes I get real busy and all I want to do is hide when I get home, and sometimes I'm not so busy, and I want to reach out to friends and stuff. So, different things. But I understand this character definitely. I mean it was my idea to do the dead guy on the couch. (laughs) That's kind of my own way of looking at myself sometimes is yeah, dying alone. (laughs)
JC: Sea Cadets. I was like eleven years old, I joined Sea Cadets, which is like a military version of boy scouts, and they shave your head and they humiliate you, and they yell at you and they parade you around in front of the rest of the people you know in the town and stuff, you parade around in a uniform on, but you know what, if I hadn't of done that, I wouldn't know that I'm a useless maggot. (laughter) So I'm glad. So yes always leads to something good.
This question is for Jim, your character plays guitar and you sing sometimes and also speaks Korean fluently. But how difficult and how was the preparation, the process and which attraction, like rollerblading, or jumping, or playing guitar or speaking Korean, which one do you kind of regret, oh I said yes to do this project
JC: (laughs) Well I never said I regret doing this project. Well, maybe there was a couple of moments. But I think, well the Korean I just picked that up on the set the day of, I just picked that up. (laughter) But I just hung out with a couple of Korean people on the set and that was it. I just did it. I just riffed. (laughter) No, actually it took about (laughs) four weeks of everyday, studying it phonetically. It was so difficult, it was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. Is to study Korean phonetically to get it down. And then to have a Korean coach, who literally is afraid to go back to Korea, if I get it wrong. (laughter) He's telling me, no, no, no, this is serious. Seriously. I will be hurt. (laughter) And so I hope I got it right, but yeah, he was on me pretty hard. It took awhile. It took awhile. But I'm dedicated. I'm really dedicated.
ZD: It was always delightful. (laughter) And so it was always so amusing on set, so it was pretty (laughter) it's hard to answer this question, because I'm just getting mocked at every turn. (panel goes \"Awwww\") But no, it was wonderful and I'm a pretty energetic person myself, it's always good I think in general to have like different energies, on screen, like it's nice to have like different characters go at different speeds, just like different people work at different speeds and...
JC: Yeah, if we were the same person, it would be a drag. It would. And it wouldn't be attractive for her at all. (laughter) But it was nice cause she's completely kind of a different tone than me, so it was great, and our characters kind of really worked well off each other, I thought.
JC: Yeah, it was fun, (laughter) but I think also, I think you really believe it, you know you believe the relationship at that certain point when we're in the barn and we have that moment, you really kind of accept it and you can see why they love each other.
ZD: I'm going to bake things, I'm going to buy some flour and some sugar. I'm a fan of making bar cookies and brownies. Well actually for Thanksgiving I made toffee bit brownies, they had toffee bits in them and roasted almonds. They were, I didn't actually eat them, but they were good, according to everybody else.
JC: And I tried to get one shot. It's just literally the shot where I'm leaving frame, and I first hit the deck. And we did a shot where I went probably about 40 feet (laughs). And it was terrifying. I mean it was so terrifying. It was ridiculous. Out of control, don't know how this guy does it...
JC: He's unbelievable. Well I saw it on the internet, that's how it got in the movie. I saw, I'm watching this rocket man that goes down the French Alps at 70 miles an hour, he's passing motorcycles, and things like that. People in cars are going whaah! (laughter) and whiplash and it was the coolest thing I ever saw. So I said we got to get these suits. We've got to do this. (laughs) And it was so terrifying... 59ce067264