Jim Carrey gives bizarre interview at New York Fashion Week, says 'there is no me'
In the interview, Carrey told a reporter, "There's no meaning to any of this. I just wanted to find the most meaningless thing that I could come to and join, and here I am. You've got to admit, this is completely meaningless."
While slightly baffled, the reporter responded by asking about the icons the event was celebrating, to which the comedian/painter responded: "Celebrating icons? Oh boy, that is just the lowest aiming possibility that we could come up with. Icons. Do you believe in icons? I believe in personalities. I don't believe that you exist but there is a wonderful fragrance in the air."
Things then got slightly stranger, Carrey continuing: "I don't believe in icons. I don't believe in personalities. I believe that peace lies beyond personality, beyond invention and disguise. I believe we're a field of energy dancing for itself. And I don't care."
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And now, at the Toronto Film Festival promoting his film Jim & Andy, Carrey explained his comments to The Wrap.
Well, you definitely can't say that Jim Carrey gives a boring interview: "There is no me. There's just things happening." pic.twitter.com/HatQ6mHsKp— E! News (@enews) September 10, 2017
"There is no me. There are just things happening," Carrey said. "Here's the thing. It's not our world. We don't matter.
"There's the good news. As an actor you play characters, and if you go deep enough into those characters, you realise your own character is pretty thin to begin with.
"You suddenly have this separation and go, 'Who's Jim Carrey? Oh, he doesn't exist actually.' There's just a relative manifestation of consciousness appearing, and someone gave him a name, a religion, a nationality, and he clustered those together into something that's supposed to be a personality, and it doesn't actually exist. None of that stuff, if you drill down, is real."
And he didn't stop there.
"I believe I got famous so I could let go of fame, and it's still happening, but not with me," Carrey said.
"I'm not a part of it anymore. Dressing happens, doing hair happens, interviewing happens, but it happens without me, without the idea of a 'me.' You know what I'm saying? It's a weird little semantic jump, and it's not that far, but it's a universe apart from where most people are."
This story first appeared in Business Insider.