PopEater: Is Jim Carrey losing his mind?

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A few weeks ago I noted that a few weeklies were beginning to publicly question Jim Carrey’s sanity and general mental health. Several issues ago, Star Magazine did a lengthy piece about Jim going off of his medication (for either depression or manic depression), and how his “crazy highs and ugly lows” were the biggest reason for his split with Jenny McCarthy. I noticed that People Magazine even seemed to be getting in on it, by carefully quoting Jim’s denial that he was going crazy, then asking if his manic tweets revealed something about his mental health.

Now PopEater is running a similar piece, only this time they’re noting Jim’s current manic-tweet situation. I just had a look at Jim’s Twitter, and this stuff is not good. Here’s a sample:


[From Jim Carrey’s Twitter]

About seven hours ago (roughly 12:30 a.m. in LA), Jim literally sent the message “BOING” out to about 50 people. Insane? Sigh. Here’s more from PopEater:

If you’ve been wondering what’s been on Jim Carrey’s mind since his recent split with Jenny McCarthy, the answer to that is “Boing.”

Since April 24, Carrey has been tweeting the word up to 40 times day, using it to mean, well, just about anything. “I RRRefuse 2 define BOING!,” he wrote on Tuesday. “1 day when you’ve given up your need 2 explain it and file it neatly away, ‘BOING’… you will understand! }=^P”

The erratic tweets are a red flag for some fans of the actor, who is said to have battled depression and was the subject of a highly unflattering 2007 Radar magazine cover story about his behavior on the set of ‘Number 23.’ (Although as a hatchet job, the article falls short: Most of Carrey’s co-workers who are quoted seem to have a great deal of respect for him.)

All in all, it’s been a bumpy month for the comic genius, who famously took to Twitter on April 6 to announce his break-up with longtime partner McCarthy. Adding to the confusion is the fate of his next feature film, ‘I Love You Phillip Morris,’ which was supposed to have been released this Friday.

Earlier this month, it was shelved, seemingly permanently, only to be put back on the slate for July 30. The film, based on the true story of a con-man who turns away from his wife and Christianity to become a gay man with a partner (played by Ewan McGregor), whom he meets in prison, apparently spooked the studio with its controversial subject matter.

Carrey has also stepped out in public recently with cameos on ‘American Idol Gives Back’ and Conan O’Brien’s Los Angeles live comedy show — where he sang a duet of Five For Fighting’s ‘Superman (It’s Not Easy)’ dressed as the caped Kryptonian.

So what is the current mental state of the Canadian-born comic, and do we need to be worried? As Carrey himself would say: “Boing!”

[From PopEater]

Some would say that there’s a fine line between genius and insanity. Some would say that there’s a fine line between humor and pain. I think Jim has crossed both those thresholds – he is insane, and it is painful to watch, not funny. But what really bothers me about this is that except for the odd, carefully-worded article here and there (you can count them on one hand), most people are acting like Jim is just “acting crazy” or just being himself. But then I think… “What can people really do?” Force him back on his meds? Force him to seek treatment? Who really has the power or authority to do that?


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  1. Blaster says:

    Oh geez! That second picture scared the crap out of me.

  2. Susette says:

    Based on things said by former co-workers and exes, I’ve always been under the impression that both Carrey and Steve Martin have occasional “episodes”. I hope he’s able to find his balance.

  3. snowball says:

    Well, “boing” could certainly refer to the manic end of a bi-polar phase. Mine are “zings.”

    We have our names and when you’re in them, the word just becomes important.

  4. LindyLou says:

    I hope he gets help. So far the tweets are strange but mostly harmless. I hope he doesn’t do anything bad to himself or anyone else.

  5. MsTriste says:

    I remember when I first saw him in Ace Ventura, thinking he was a little manic. If he is bipolar and in a manic phase, hopefully he’s safe. The more worrisome thing would be when he goes to the depression side – that can be more dangerous than the manic behavior.

  6. Maritza says:

    I hope he gets help it would be so sad if something happens to him.

  7. annaloo says:

    Jim Carrey has ALWAYS been crazy! That’s how we like him!

  8. happymom says:

    I’m sure this is before your time, but Jonathon Winters was another brilliant comedian back in the day who did spend time at mental institutions: Hysterically funny but also mentally ill. It’s beginning to be really apparent why Jenny McCarthy couldn’t be with him any longer despite obviously loving the guy.

  9. Whatever says:

    This story is really sad. They were a cute, quirky couple and now he is all alone and crazy. I hope he gets the help he needs.

  10. Justalark says:

    Both Jim Carrey, Robin Williams (and Jerry Lewis in his old movies) have always made me a little uncomfortable for some reason. I find them hard to watch for prolonged periods of time. They do have their hilarious moments, but I’ve always thought that the style of humor that these actors are known for is itself kind of manic and desperate. Both Jim and Robin seem like they are always “on” and they are incapable of being serious or relaxed for any extended period of time. It seems like so many of the very best comedians, though, are tortured souls in one way or another. As Kaiser noted, there is a very fine and fragile line between genius and insanity. I hope that Jim Carrey does whatever it takes (meds, therapy, whatever) to keep himself from totally falling into the abyss. His break-up with Jenny McCarthy is not a good omen.

  11. pebbles says:


    Whatever ……

  12. Erin says:

    A lot of his film characters reflect this to me….his tweets and him are starting to remind me of Tom Green…still love them both but hope they are okay.

  13. Samantha says:

    I follow him on twitter. He is very close with his fans, and I don’t find anything he posts to be a definition of “insane”. Silly? Yes, but what to expect of Jim Carrey? I think he is just having fun now, and running with the crazy bit. Not everyone has to go off their rocker after a break up. He is awesome, love him. <3

  14. Sarah says:

    It’s definitely not impossible that he’s having a breakdown. But: I’ve lived with a similar chemical imbalance for my whole life. When I read about what Jim’s doing, it doesn’t sound like a breakdown — it just sounds like someone who’s going through a lot of bad trying to find some good in his life. It can be hard when you’re depressed to find things to laugh about — if the things he’s doing seemed strained or forced, it may just be the old therapy adage of “fake it ’til you make it”. Sometimes you have to force yourself to laugh for awhile before you can do it for real. Either way, I hope Jim’s world gets sunny again soon! BOING! 😀

  15. Crash2GO2 says:

    He’s manic right now, like snowball said (nice explanation for ‘boing’ btw). Not surprising considering the changes going on in his personal life right now. I think he’ll be ok. I have the milder form of bp so I can sort of relate. He’s giddy.

  16. Jeri says:

    JUSTALARK I agree with you. I have never liked watching Jim Carrey or Robin Williams, it is uncomfortable & annoying.

    But this is sad, I too hope he gets help or whatever he needs to live a happy productive life.

  17. Tess says:


    Totally agree with you, especially regarding Robin Williams and Jim Carrey…for Lewis….not so much.

    I find Williams hard to watch. Too much anger and intensity lurking right beneath the surface. It kills the comedy, for me.

    With Carrey, I get the sense that his demons are directed within himself, not outwardly. Maybe that ultimately takes a greater toll.

  18. GatsbyGal says:

    This kind of behavior would’ve been silly from a younger man, but from a dude Jim’s age it just seems sad. Get help, Jim.

  19. jc126 says:

    Justalark, great post. I have often felt uncomfortable watching Robin Williams, and Carrey, to a lesser extent. Lewis, I haven’t really seen except on his telethons and shows like Larry King Live (he seems very full of himself).
    Andy Kaufman was another one that I never liked, and of course Carrey played him. I think Kaufman was putting on a lot of the time, however; I believe he was doing things HE thought was funny, not the audience.

  20. SolitaryAngel says:

    As a bipolar person, I too have been uncomfortable with the Jerry Lewis/Jim Carrey/Robin Williams level of “comedy”. (Also I can’t watch the 3 Stooges–don’t know WHY they were ever considered funny, it’s just mean not funny imho.)I think because watching them brings recognition–I can recognize myself in them and it’s not good. Luckily I’m not as manic as they are, but still.

  21. dubdub2000 says:

    I’ve been following him on twitter since he supposedly went off his rocker.

    The BOING thing is kinda childish and at the same time genius. It’s non sensical and he sent it out to see if it could go around the world. It’s like a ball, you send it to someone, it goes “boing”, then the person passes it on to someone else or sends it back to you. It’s like a hot potatoe made for twitter. That’s all it is. Except it’s pretty constant with him-lol- his thumbs must be super speedy!

    I don’t think Jim Carrey is your average person in terms of temperament or interests or anything. he is rather out of the ordinary. Now should one worry about it him though…meh… he seems to be quite happy… people are quick to put people in a box, and the eccentric get labeled as nut cases out of box, but if it’s not hurting anyone…no one knows what happened with J Mc Carthy, maybe SHE was the problem. Look at what’s happening with Tito Ortiz everyone thinks he hit JJ but it turns out she an oxy junkie and she’s the one with the problem!

  22. John DOe says:

    Judging someone’s sanity based on their twitter posts? Are you for real?

    I think using twitter at all can be a good indication of a lack of intellect but not mental instability

  23. Wisteria says:

    Or…it could be that people have gotten on the bandwagon, been distorting things and are blowing things out of proportion again, like this site saying he was sending strange codes to certain people when if FACT he merely tweeted “I love you” to everyone in text# language-something many entertainers say to their fans.

    Or saying he hides in a room with a Buddha, when in FACT he meditates and most people who do and are rich have a special room for that with an alter with a statue of some sort.

    He has always been creative and unconventional and is now obviously in a lot of pain. No matter what his problems are or possible lack of life coping skills that he can improve upon, the ANSWER-for him or anyone else-is NOT to sedate people on drugs even though that’s the current fad among the lazy sheeple.

  24. Michelle says:

    Jim Carey’s brother suffered from mental illness and committed suicide as a young man. Jim talked publicly about the guilt he had at the time over not recognizing how close to the edge his brother was.
    I do hope there are caring people around Jim who will try to intervene if he’s in serious trouble, but sometimes you have to wait until the patient is sick enough to be considered certifiable (a danger to themselves or others).

  25. daisyfly says:

    Three words: Fire Marshall Bill.

  26. me says:

    im more concerned with whover wrote the piece saying that the character in the movie goes away from wife and religion to BECOME A GAY MAN…someone explain to them that no one BECOMES gay please…

    so just from that sentence, im sorry i dont take the rest seriously… sure he might have troubles, but you dont judge them from his twitter. And sorry but if he has such problems, the worst thing that Jenny could do was leave him to deal with them alone…as someone said maybe SHE was the problem to the relationship.

  27. Anti-icon says:

    This is a ridiculous assumption, that the public can decide who’s sane from who’s insane based upon TWITTER, of all things. If that’s the case, I deem everyone who uses this stupid technology as insane. I’ve always deemed Jim Carrey to be MORE SANE than anyone in Hollywood; and I stand by it today even more.

  28. luna says:

    Jim Carrey’s mania is what makes him brilliant, and different than ordinary people. Geniuses are often bipolar. I’m not a huge fan of Jim Carrey’s humor, but I do think he’s brilliant, and if he weren’t manic, we wouldn’t know who he was. I’m sure he’s aware of this too. It’s what makes artists “different.”

  29. Mia says:

    I don’t know if he have a mental illness but his twitts definitely do!

    I follow him on twitter. It’s scary.

  30. yae says:

    How many famous artists over hundreds of years were a “bit touched”?

    Ahh so what. The guy is amazing.

  31. fizXgirl314 says:

    Yeah this is what happens when you get into a relationship with a bi-polar person. My friend just got married to a bi-polar guy because it was so much “fun” at first cuz they’re always doing crazy stuff like wearing stupid outfits and partying non-stop… She’s not filing for divorce :-/

    and I agree with luna… the guy in question is quite brilliant and amusing but just difficult to deal with…

  32. cara says:

    i don’t do twitter but i have been following his for awhile.
    i think jenny is a d*ck to have left him after five years together.he stayed and was by her side thru her problems with her son.went on talk shows to talk about it..i wonder if she was just using him for the publicity and now she doesn’t need him anymore.
    he seems like he’s lonely and thats why he tweets so much? i don’t understand it cause i dont tweet

  33. Aussie Mama says:

    tis the price of fame….

  34. may says:

    he’s just drunk

  35. Shay says:

    He looks like Howard Hughes (in his crazy stage).

  36. Wresa says:

    Yeah, better get him on pills so that he can be a straight-laced bore like everybody else. How fun, how colorful.

    I have often wondered if the mental-illness witch hunt is really people feeling uncomfortable toward another person’s unconventional behavior.

    What about these tweets are so bad? Silly, yes. Maybe he is a little manic because he is going through a hard time. But do we really need to medicate him, and put him on suicide watch over a little kookiness, which is what made him famous in the first place?

    Anyway, BOING!

  37. JC126 says:

    I have to disagree that Jenny M. was a “d*ck” for leaving him. Life with someone who has a mental condition that they *possibly* aren’t treating properly is a nightmare, somewhat akin to life with a raging drug addict, also a nightmare. Believe me, if anything, partners and family members put up with too much for too long.

  38. lisa says:

    He has issues.. that is obvious.. and he looks terrible..

    Whenever I see him on TV it is like he is stuck in the past.. Still doing the same comic routine he did years ago when he was the IT guy.. He is that no more.

  39. Aitch says:

    Boing…that is hilarious.

    Anyway I have read over the years accounts from people (non-celebs) who said while they admire him professionally, personally he is a total jerk!

  40. canadianchick says:

    Hope he’ll be okay. I enjoy his and Robin’s comedy in small doses. If he does have depression or bipolar it will get more tough for him the longer he’s off meds and not going to therapy. I hope he doesn’t repeat what his brother did.

  41. algo mas says:

    He has gone completely crazy with this Twitter thing. It is no longer a goof but the entire reason he wakes in the morning. The boing thing (or anyone who tries to start a “Twitter Trending Topic” is a certified nut job with too much time on their hands. I used to really like Jim before the Twitter obession but now I have lost all respect for him. He really needs to put down the cell and pick up a cookie.

  42. Jag says:

    I’m not worried about him being manic. I’m worried about when he crashes into the depression that will come. People around him really, really need to be watching for that because as high as he seems to be, coupled with losing his marriage, the depression is sure to be quite dark, and he’ll need to be watched. Suicide watch wouldn’t be too much to ask.

    His crazy beard a la Joaquin Phoenix is scary, and similar.

  43. LUCI LIU says: