If you were like most people who came of age in the '90s, then you grew up with Jim Carrey in your life. He was either introduced to you as Ace Ventura, or you stayed up all night quoting Dumb and Dumber with your friends. Really, there are so many great Jim Carrey movie options that might've done the trick. But while he was making movies that would go on to be some of the largest grossing comedies ever, he was also working on his Jim Carrey persona.
From the time he spent rubbing cheese on his hands to his graffiti war with New York City police, these weird Jim Carrey stories will make you think differently about the goofy Canadian star that you grew up with.
He Posted An Uncomfortable Video For Emma StoneVideo: YouTube
In August 2011, Jim Carrey caught some slack for publicly sharing what sounded like a love letter to Emma Stone. In the video he says he wants to marry her and have her "chubby little freckle-faced kids." At the time, Stone was 23.
Stone responded that she wasn't sure whether to be "flattered or [to] seek an order of protection." Carrey alleges the video was just a joke, another one of his characters, though that doesn't necessarily change how unsettling it is.
Cathriona White's Mother Blamed Carrey For Her Daughter's Tragic DemisePhoto: Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind / Focus Features
In 2016, Carrey's on-again-off-again girlfriend Cathriona White tragically took her own life. To make matters worse, White's mother believes that Carrey enabled her daughter by providing her with prescription painkillers.
White's mother filed a public suit that alleged Carrey's behavior included, "dumping [her daughter] out of concern for saving his own public image, calling [White] a 'wh*re' and shaming her, and then using his high-priced Hollywood lawyers and 'fixers' to intimidate and threaten her in an effort to silence her."
According to Carrey's lawyers, White "sought out and stole Carrey's prescription medication from his home without his knowledge."
Jim Carrey Doesn't Believe In VaccinesPhoto: The Truman Show / Paramount Pictures
After dating Jenny McCarthy, Carrey started posting tweets that claimed, "They say mercury in fish is dangerous but forcing all of our children to be injected with mercury in thimerosol [sic] is no risk. Make sense?" And, "I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury-laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!"
Most vaccines don't have mercury in them anymore, and even the ones that do contain a form of mercury contain something called ethylmercury, which is a compound that naturally degrades, ensuring that there's no buildup in your body. Ehtylmercury isn't the same thing as methylmercury, which you find in fish and can make you sick if you put too much of it in your body, especially if you're Jeremy Piven.
He Got Into A Graffiti War With The PolicePhoto: The Mask / New Line Cinema
In 2011, Jim Carrey found himself enmeshed in a vandalism situation with the NYPD because he was spray painting the outside of his West Village art studio with something he called "Baba." Baba is a "mischievous deity... [who] exists in negative space."
The police covered up the first painting, but then Carrey gifted the world with a second version of Baba that came with the message: "This graffiti reapply pursuant to... [drawing of Baba]... Ordinance FFC.”