Jim Carrey has built his career on character performances that categorically demolish what we take to be normal behaviour.
From the menacing cockiness of The Mask to the hopeless lack of self-awareness of Ace Ventura, the Canadian actor has proved himself to be a master of the eccentric and the irreverent.
But Carrey’s latest extravagant performance comes not through an on-screen character, but rather as himself at New York Fashion Week.
Cornered by E! presenter Catt Sadler, Carrey launched into a bizarre tirade on fashion icons, life, and existence, describing NYFW as “the most meaningless thing that I could come to.”
Sadler suggested the event was a celebration of icons, to which the actor responded: “Icons. Boy, that is just the absolute lowest-aiming possibility that we could come up with. It’s like, icons, do you believe in icons? I don’t believe in personalities.”
Sadler pointed out that Carrey might himself be one of those icons. The Grinch star’s response was a James Brown impersonation.
He added: “I believe that peace lies beyond personality, beyond invention, and disguise, beyond the red S that you wear on your chest that makes bullets bounce off. I believe that it’s deeper than that. I believe we’re a field of energy dancing for itself, and erm… I don’t care.”
The news presenter then tried one more approach, saying: “But Jim, you got really dressed up for the occasion, you look good.”
Carrey replied: “I didn’t get dressed up. There is no me. There’s just things happening. And there are clusters of tetrahedrons moving around together.”
The exchange left Sadler visibly flabbergasted, but this isn’t the first time Carrey has expressed his views on the nature of existence.
Speaking at this year’s Venice Film Festival, where he was promoting his new documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, Carrey said: “This [documentary] experience draws some realisations especially that there’s a character that is playing me my whole life.
“I think that’s the truth of everybody."
He continued: “The fact is you don’t exist. You’re nothing but ideas. We take all those ideas and cobble them together and make sort of a personality charm bracelet, an ID bracelet we wear in life. But that’s not who we are, because we’re nothing. And it’s such a ******* relief."
It's a difficult period for the actor right now. Earlier this summer, a judge in Los Angeles ruled that Carrey could face a 20-day trial over the death of his former girlfriend, Cathriona White. The judge is still considering the case, which, if it goes to trial, would take place next April.