Jim Carrey played the Riddler in “Batman Forever”, but that’s not why he shows solidarity with his new version seen in the recent and acclaimed “The Batman”. Indeed, the actor said he was “worried” about the darkness of the character played by Paul Dano.
The Batman: a dark revolution
Released in France on March 2, The Batman by Matt Reeves attracted more than 2.6 million viewers to theaters. Worldwide, its receipts approach the $700 million. A great commercial and critical success, considering that the industry is just recovering from the Covid pandemic and that the film, brutal and dark at will, is not aimed at a family audience.
Its main actors have all succeeded in their incarnations, Robert Pattinson as Batman, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, and Colin Farrell as Oswald Copplebot, the future Penguin. But a previous holder of the role of the Riddler displays mixed feelings on this very dramatic new version of the character. Indeed, Jim Carrey, who played the role of batman forever in 1995, was rather critical.
An overly deranged Riddler?
In an interview given to UniLad while promoting sonic 2 – in which he plays Robotnik -, Jim Carrey gave a feeling on The Batman, and particularly on the Riddler. A feeling rather than an opinion, because it says haven’t seen the movie yet but he still expresses great concern.
I have not seen it. This is a very black version. My feelings are shared. To each his own… I like Paul Dano as an actor, he’s a great performer. (…) But I worry. I have a deep concern within me about taping people’s faces and encouraging them to do the same. There are deranged people out there who might adopt this method…I have a conscience about the choices I make…I know there is a place for these kinds of films, and I’m not criticizing it , but it’s really not my thing… But it’s very well done, these films are very well done.
Jim Carrey can’t stand violence
The Canadian-American actor has gained worldwide popularity by brilliantly illustrating himself in memorable comedies, among which the films Ace Ventura, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Fools of Irene, etc Jim Carrey has also distinguished himself in great dramatic comedies such as The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mindand therefore even faced Batman in batman foreverwhere he played a Riddler much more whimsical and cartoonish than that of Paul Dano.
His few forays into thrillers involving violence, such as The Number 23 and Kick-Ass 2, have not met with success nor personally satisfied him. In Kick-Ass 2released in 2013, Jim Carrey had thus criticized the level of violence in the film even before its release in US theaters.
I shot “Kick-Ass 2” a month before Sandy Hook (mass shooting in an American elementary school on December 14, 2012, editor’s note), and now in good faith I cannot condone this level of violence. I apologize to all the other participants in the film. I’m not ashamed of it, but recent events have changed me profoundly.
We obviously understand the rejection of violence by Jim Carrey, who recently recalled his opposition to all its forms by strongly criticizing the attitude of Will Smith at the Oscars.