Jim Carrey: I’m black and blue from pinch-me moments

By Laura Harding, PA Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Jim Carrey has said his body is so “black and blue from pinch-me moments” that he no longer has anything left on his bucket list.

The comedy superstar, 58 – best known for his roles in Ace Venture: Pet Detective, Dumb And Dumber and The Mask – will next be seen playing the villain Robotnik in the live action Sonic The Hedgehog movie.

He told the PA news agency: “I don’t have a tremendous amount that hasn’t already happened.

“I can look at my life and literally from the neck down I’m black and blue from pinch-me moments, it’s just incredible, this life I’m having, so I feel so gratified.

“I’m just happy when I’m able to play something or do something that is a new swing for me and, at the same time, the possibility of creating another character that kids dress up as on Halloween.

“One of the major, I will call it a bucket list thing, I had when I was younger, when I was dreaming up everything I wanted in the world, was that I would wish for the type of work that reintroduces itself to people, generation after generation.

“And I got that in spades. I just really lucked out and I feel super gratified about it.

Jim Carrey at a London screening of Sonic The Hedgehog (Ian West/PA)

He added that he now takes pleasure in making films for his grandson, Jackson, adding: “And every kid, honestly every kid.

“One of the fantastic things in my life is I have people from a 10-year-old or an eight-year-old come up to me and their parents say ‘Do you know who that is? That’s the Grinch’. And they go ‘The Grinch? It doesn’t look like The Grinch!'”

Carrey said he responds to this by performing a line from the Doctor Seuss character, adding: “They just freak out, and so I get that 10-year-old now and also the 40-year- old who comes up to me and he goes ‘I grew up with you man!’

“And somehow I’m still here and I’m trying with all my strength to defy the lethargy that is knocking on the door, ‘Just give up, you’ve done enough, haven’t you proven yourself?’ No, no I haven’t.”

Carrey also said he was excited to incorporate his love of dance into his character in Sonic, saying: “I’m a bit of a dancer in life. I don’t just cook, I dance the kitchen.

“It becomes a routine and maybe it’s the early Fred Astaire films and stuff like that, that just make me want to kind of float through life and occupy the space.

“This character and something like this is just right for this sort of situation, where it just allows me to be completely free.

“It’s like somebody took the gate off the comedy corral and let the Mustang run, it’s really fun.”

Sonic The Hedgehog is released in UK cinemas on February 14.