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Is it time for a Jim Carrey reinvention?
By Linda Massarella, Special to QMI Agency


Jim Carrey (Reuters file photo)

Jim Carrey tends to get nostalgic during Canadian holidays.

Last Thanksgiving, he tweeted, "I was lucky to grow up in Canada. Even in tough times, there was always so much 2 be thankful 4. I love it dearly!"

Now that it's Canada Day, let's hope our man will continue to feel the love from his fellow citizens because he's not getting much of it at the moment from the backstabbing powers that be in Los Angeles.

Producers at New Line Cinemas and Warner Bros. -- who were financially backing Dumb and Dumber To, Carrey's sequel to his 1994 hit Dumb and Dumber -- let it be known they're hesitating on a new Carrey movie.

Quoting anonymous sources, the Los Angeles Times recently said producers didn't think Carrey's last few movies such as Mr. Popper's Penguins and I Love You Phillip Morris did well enough at the box office.

Carrey's ears have apparently been ringing for a while. After all, Dumb and Dumber To was slated to start filming in September and the studio was still sitting on the script; so Carrey decided to do something about it.

On June 20, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind actor went into damage control and announced he was dumping New Line and Warner Bros. before they could dump the movie.

Citing the studio's "lack of enthusiasm" and his "increasing frustration" with the hemming and hawing, Carrey said he felt he could no longer work with them.

"I would have thought Dumb and Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it's implied in the title," he said.

The 50-year-old Carrey has had one of the most remarkable runs of any big-screen comedians, longer even than comedic legends Jerry Lewis and Danny Kaye.

As usual, he has a lot of movies in the works. His The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Steve Carell is in post-production.

However, this might be a good time to hit the pause button for a moment.

Carrey, who played Toronto comedy clubs as a teenager, is still one of the most electric live performers out there. He was on fire in January during his live skit on Saturday Night Live, when he danced around as a black swan.

For some reason, he rarely makes public appearances any more.

Maybe, just as Madonna always preaches, it's time for a little reinvention.

Carrey would be phenomenal, for instance, in a Broadway show, something he's never done yet.

No one can do physical comedy like he can, and the man has the energy of a power plant. The thought of Carrey in live theatre is very exciting.

A lot of A-list actors such as Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, Chris Rock and Nicole Kidman switch back and forth from film to theatre.

Fans would be delighted to see Carrey in a theatrical show, especially if he were to bring it back home to Canada for a live tour.

A PERFECT FITZ:

Jason Priestley will soon be back in his native land, filming near Halifax for the summer. Call Me Fitz, a Canadian comedy about an unscrupulous used car dealer, is once again turning the Annapolis Valley into a movie set.

The 40-year-old Beverly Hills, 90210 star briefly travelled to Halifax two weeks ago for some pre-shoots.

He said he's happy to be spending the summer on the cool Atlantic coast.

"I am in Hali. I love this town!" he tweeted before posting a couple of photos he took of the famous lighthouse at Peggy's Cove.

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