It seems that the most ground-breaking comedy is born from misery and suffering that would be unbearable to most people, but not to Jim Carrey. He has learned how to make people laugh at a very young age, yet most of his free time he spent in front of a mirror, making faces at himself. The lonely childhood might have honed his comic skills, but has done nothing to make him a happier human being. Not to mention other mishaps that were following him during each and every step of his life!
As a kid Jim Carrey has cried his heart out fearing his parents would die. He locked himself in the bathroom and had a real breakdown. His parents were banging on the door trying to talk to him, yet all he could think about was losing them. Jim Carrey’s mother, seeking love and attention, liked to talk about how unwell she was and how she could die any minute, adding to the anxiety that was eating up young Jim Carrey.
All this led to Jim Carrey writing a book How Roland Rolls which tackles some of the most important issues no one likes to talk about with kids – life, death, and what happens afterwards. Having suffered himself, Jim Carrey wanted to help all those other kids who didn’t have anyone to talk to about their fears.
At one point in time Carrey’s family got so poor that he could no longer go to school and had to drop out in order to help his family. Together they got a job for the whole family and, according to Jim Carrey, it actually wasn’t so bad as he got to be with his loved ones and had lots of free time to hone his comedic skills. He was working on his comedy act and it paid off!