Jim Carrey used to be one of the funniest and highest paid actors in the world, but recently he’s moved away from the Hollywood limelight to focus on his own battle with depression and his personal mental health.
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Recently though, Carrey has re-emerged with a few bizarre appearances serving as promo for his recently released Netflix documentary ‘Jim And Andy: The Great Beyond’ about when he played Andy Kaufman in the movie ‘The Man On The Moon’. Carrey went full method in his portrayal, mimicking Kaufman’s ‘difficult’ behaviour on set even when the cameras weren’t rolling.
Carrey has also been dealing with the suicide of his ex girlfriend and an impending legal case with her family in which they claim he assisted her in her death. As such, it sounds like the last few years have been pretty difficult for him and he decided to talk about this and his journey through to the other side during some of the promotional work for his new movie:
At this point, I don’t have depression. There is not an experience of depression.
I had that for years, but now, when the rain comes, it rains, but it doesn’t stay. It doesn’t stay long enough to immerse me and drown me anymore.
I’m perfectly fine with everything that has happened, even the horrible shit you know, in life and in art.
There is a lot of satisfaction about looking back at those things…
The truth of the matter is that there is no you, so you can never define you, and that the dissatisfaction of it all is leading to the one realisation that there is no I.
I still have huge amounts of egoic attachments. That’s what I feel is being talked about in the story of Jesus in the wilderness. He’s baptised. He receives the Holy Spirit and then he goes into the wilderness to face temptation and all of those things.
They’re talking about the egoic attachments you have, even though you have had an awakening.
What’s happening is really good, but there is some really bad in there too. Some people have come at me in the last couple of years with the intent of breaking off a piece of the Holy Grail for themselves, but the Grail isn’t a thing you can break off.
So they’re going to learn that the hard way. It’s not pleasant.
Deep. Hopefully there’s something useful in there if you’re suffering yourself, or maybe even if you’re not. I’m not going to pretend I’m an expert on depression, but there is help out there if you want it.
As for Jim Carrey, it seems like it’s finally at peace but that might all change next year during his trial. If you want the lowdown on that, click here. It’s pretty messy.