I Needed Color: Jim Carrey's upcoming documentary chronicles actor's journey as a painter
When one thinks of actor Jim Carrey, what comes to mind is that expressive face and impeccable comic timing. Be it his '90s comedy films like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber, or the subtler turns in The Truman Show or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind — Carrey has been one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood.
After having been away from the arc lights for a while, Carrey has returned — not with a laugh riot — but a serious documentary on his alternate persona, that of a painter.
The documentary film, I Needed Color, takes us through a journey of the actor as a painter. It has been directed by David Bushell and depicts Carrey in his house, painting on canvas. The film also has Carrey narrating how he developed this gift for colour and imagery.
"When I really started painting a lot, I had become so obsessed that there was nowhere to move in my home. Paintings were everywhere.
"It began on a bleak winter day in New York when I looked around and it got depressing for me. It was then that I thought 'I needed color'," says Carrey in a voiceover for the documentary.
He vividly, through his works of art, alludes to his thoughts, inner darkness and desires.
This vocation of his has indeed had a liberating effect on Carrey, who is known for his enviable onscreen energy. Painting frees him; “Free from the future, free from the past, free from regret, free from worry,” says the actor. The 6.18 minute-long film ends with Carrey saying, "I love being alive and the art is the evidence of that."
Here is the film: