There aren’t many creatures like Jim Carrey in the world, much less within the confinements of Hollywood. So, when he releases a memoir, everyone is left wondering if that will be an actual autobiography or the complete opposite of it plus a splash of comedy. Well, it’s neither and both at the same time. So, what does the actor have to say about the project that took nearly a decade to complete?
Jim Carrey Calls It an Allegory
Simply named Memoirs and Misinformation and co-authored with Brooklyn-based writer Dana Vachon, this fictionalized, apocalyptic, and plain weird autobiography is a deeper look into Carrey himself, his sense of self, people’s perception of fame (how it is intertwined with tyranny), and an alien apocalypse on top of all that. During an interview with USA Today, Carrey said the novel is an allegory, a book about personas where “none of it is real, but everything is true.” Messy, right?
It Includes Some of Hollywood’s Finest
If there is something you won’t find in Memoirs and Misinformation, it is gossip and behind-the-scenes secrets from the award-winning actor and comedian. What you will find, however, is a mixture of fiction and reality, an unexpected portrayal of Hollywood’s A-listers. There are tales of Gwyneth Paltrow as a new-age wellness proponent who becomes infatuated with death; of Nicholas Cage as a man with an insatiable hunger for semi-naked jiu-jitsu and prophetic visions of saber-toothed tigers. The likes of Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Tom Hanks, and Anthony Hopkins also have their place on the pages of this memoir.
The Confinement of Fame & Family Pain
There’s plenty of room for the obsession with relevance in fame and the ghosts of the past in Jim Carrey’s novel. The pressures of fame are so vividly depicted in the passage where Carrey, placed amidst an apocalypse, sees images of John Lennon’s dead body online and realizes he needs to pamper himself as his corpse will too be photographed and sold to the public eye. As for including his family’s moments of demise in the novel, Carrey says he hopes they aren’t too embarrassed by it.