Was Jim Carrey creepy when he tried to flirt with a lady journalist?

'Sonic The Hedgehog' Special Screening

Here are some photos of Jim Carrey at a screening of Sonic the Hedgehog, the film he’s currently promoting. Everyone thought that the big story would be that the CGI Sonic was creepy and toothy. But maybe the big story is that Jim Carrey tries to flirt with lady journalists and he maybe comes across as sort of creepy? I don’t know. I saw the outrage for this video before I watched the video, and I prepared myself for how bad it would be. Turns out… it actually isn’t that bad? Carrey was being interviewed by Charlotte Long of Heat Magazine, as part of what I can only assume was a full day of junket interviews. Ms. Long is a pretty blonde with a cute British accent, and about a minute and a half into the interview, she asks Carrey: “In the film, Sonic has a bucket list, I was wondering, after all you’ve done in your career and in your life, is there anything still left on your bucket list?” Carrey responds: “Just you. That’s it, it’s all done now.” That starts at the 1:30-mark:

I watched the bit leading up to it and it was just a standard junket interview, and you can tell that Carrey is just trying to answer the same questions for the millionth time that day and still give each journalist a good quote, at least that’s how it seems to me. So… is this flirting? Or is it creepy? I think it just depends – Ms. Long just laughs it off and seems somewhat flattered (she posted it on Twitter too) and they both continue on with the interview. I don’t know… I think it’s sort of okay? It’s definitely not even in the top-five worst things to happen during a junket interview.

'Sonic The Hedgehog' Special Screening

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Kelly says:

    I don’t even think he was “flirting” for real? It just sounded like he wanted to give a cheeky answer to me. It’s not like he made some gross remark about her body or anything, or acted weird in the whole interview.

  2. Eliza_ says:

    Well he said he was done now, so I’m assuming it was more “being interviewed by you, now I’m done” but he said it flirty so everyone’s taking it to be creepy/ inappropriate, idk? If she was creeped out then sure it is but I personally wouldn’t be. But everyone’s line is different.

    • I also saw a headline about this and thought he was over the line and wrong as did Kaiser. However, in watching the video here, I don’t get creepy. I get Jim Carrey edgy humor. If reporter had a problem, then I’d rethink my opinion, but she seems fine with it. When you’re around comedians — work or social — many of them can’t seem to turn it off.

  3. Alexandria says:

    I think in a club or social setting it sounds ok but at a professional work event like media interview, not that ok. To me, Jim is working here so it’s not the best setting to say that.

  4. Agnes says:

    I work in a profession that often gets prefaced with “lady” or “female.” It drives me completely insane. It’s just “journalist.” 😊

    • Nikki* says:

      Yup, we are honestly so far from pervasive gender equality. When I say I had a doctor’s appointment, almost everyone asks “What did he say?” I never even think like that; I’ll ask “what did he or she say?” Too much trouble? Worth it. We reread story books to our 3 year old granddaughter so that the hero is always female. It’s great!

    • ME says:

      Same with “man bun”. No, it’s just a bun !

      Or “man purse”. Nope, just a purse !

      • Laura says:

        ME-My husband loves to wear his hair in a bun when it gets long, and he HATES the phrase ‘man bun’. He says the exact same thing “IT’S JUST A BUN!!”

  5. OG Cleo says:

    I would feel uncomfortable with that remark in a work setting, but maybe she isn’t. Everyone is different, so he probably should have just erred on the side of caution. I won’t make sweeping assumptions about him based on this, though. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  6. LeLe says:

    I took it as being interviewed by her was on his bucket list and now that he’s done it, he says it’s all done now. I don’t see the offense.

  7. Snowslow says:

    I’d go with the sentiment that in a professional setting it’s not great to say it but it’s not the end of the world either.

  8. Chickaletta says:

    He made one comment and maybe it was flirty and maybe he was being funny but I feel like, it’s okay to shoot your shot? Like, if he was flirting, he made one remark and then dropped it. I can fault him that it was in a public and professional setting, but creepy or problematic would be if he made multiple comments or kept going if the journalist seemed uncomfortable. That’s just my opinion, though

  9. SJR says:

    Eh, Jim Carrey.
    I’m 58, I never find this crap funny anymore.
    She is at her job, he is a professional comedian for decades…if he’s gonna try to be funny..be Funny. Otherwise shut up.
    Btw, his shtick is getting pretty old.
    One trick pony, is Jim.

  10. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I think people have completely misinterpreted what he meant. He was referring to being INTERVIEWED by her. People need to calm down and stop looking for things to be outraged about. There are REAL things to be outraged about. Quite a few in fact.

    • Wilmarama says:

      Totally agree! Knowing Jim and how he is all spiritual and stuff now, he’s all about the Now and probably means he doesn’t have a bucket list cause he enjoyes the here and now.

      People are reaching..

  11. lucy2 says:

    I think he was referring to be interviewed by her too. But who knows.
    The question is, would he have said the same thing to a male journalist?

  12. Noodle says:

    There are a lot of rumors about him being a massive jerk and abusive to partners, so I count this as more evidence that he’s just a creep.

    • Agapanthus says:

      I agree. Anyone read the stuff about his ex girlfriend who committed suicide? Her family took him to court and some of the details that came out about him were very creepy and abusive. Also, he said something equally creepy to Margot Robbie on the GN show, seems to be his MO.

      Can’t stand the man personally and don’t find him funny at all.

  13. reg says:

    He was trying to be whip smart but in this case it backfired.

  14. Hmm says:

    He’s a creepy person anyway tho.

  15. Casey says:

    I have never taken a woman ‘laughing it off’ at face value, ESPECIALLY when she’s in a work setting. woman have, for decades, had to smile and laugh and pretend to be okay when people (men) have crossed the line. her posting it on twitter also doesn’t mean she was okay, it might be something she was told to do for her job because the interview was getting traction. we’ll never know how she really felt about it, even if she came out and said ‘it was fine, found it funny’ you have no idea if she’s been told to by her employee or his people and she wants to keep her job.
    Is it the worst thing a man has done in an interview, no absolutely not, not even close. is it professional and would he have said it to a male journalist?? borderline and probably not

    • osito says:

      This is my take. I’ve definitely been in situations that didn’t register for a while as not physically and/or emotionally healthy/functional, so I never complained. Didn’t make the other person’s actions OK, though.

      I generally like Jim Carrey, but we need to keep moving into territory where this behavior (innuendo, double entendre) isn’t coddled. Let him take his lumps for it and move on. It’s really ok for someone to be told they shouldn’t do something that makes others uncomfortable.

    • lucy2 says:

      Absolutely. Her laughing about it in no way convinces me that she was ok with it.

  16. Ms always ms says:

    “Lady” journalist?

  17. zotsioltar says:

    There are people on twitter that, for some reason, see this movie as a threat to the Harley Quinn movie. There have been dishonest fake copy and paste tweets about it being homophobic and their kids walking out to go watch the Harley Quinn movie. Movie is not even out yet.

    Be prepared for some dumb stories the next few days/weeks.

  18. Jessica Cozzola says:

    I adore Jim Carrey – I think he’s hilarious and a great dramatic actor as well. He’s also aged so gracefully (IMO I KNOW) but I think he looks great. Something about tall funny men … People are just freakin weird.

  19. Cali says:

    I think he meant the interview itself. People are so ready to jump at every single headline. I think the public freakout is because of the clickbaity headline of “she was the last thing he wanted to “do” on his bucket list.” Which isn’t how it was worded at all.

    I met Jim a few years back and interviewed him for Mr. Popper’s Penguins. While it was a professional setting and he was “at work”, he was nothing short of fabulous. Super kind and open. And he also smelled amazing. haha.

  20. Mb33 says:

    Ummm has everyone forgotten Vin Diesel’s creepy interview with a Brazilian reporter a few years ago?!?!?! this was nothing compared to it!!


  21. Chloe says:

    Pretty sure it’s not against the law yet to flirt. Or even be creepy ::eye roll::.