There’s a wonderfully endearing story about a young Jim Carrey, long before he was a big Hollywood star. In his childhood, he lived in a camper van when his father lost his job and worked as a janitor at his school — starting his shift right after he finished classes.
Carrey, who began doing stand-up comedy at age 15, dropped out of school at 19 and moved to Hollywood in search of stardom. In his mid-20s, as encouragement, Carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million for “acting services rendered,” post-dated it 10 years and kept it in his wallet.
Seven years later he got a $10 million check to star in “Dumb and Dumber.”
But oh what a difference those millions have made. Carrey is now routinely odd. He believes the MMR vaccine causes autism, his ex-girlfriend killed herself (her parents sued him for providing the drugs she used), and he’s into a whole new-age Zen thing (“There is no me. There is just things happening.”).
Carrey has also gotten political. He’s vehemently against guns — even though he’s starred in several movies with lots of gun violence — and has repeatedly blasted the National Rifle Association.
Now, the actor has sent a message to the world about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead. On Monday, he posted on Twitter a painting that shows a young bloody victim, lying in a pool of blood by some schoolbooks. The blood looks like red stripes of the American flag, and Carrey titled the post “Oh say, can’t you see?!”