Jim Carrey Shows Off Painting Skills In Documentary Short: Watch It Here

by Helen Murphy

Jim Carrey: actor, comedian, and, yes, a painter. You'd never guess it, but the man's got serious artistic chops. 

A new mini documentary, I Needed Color, showcases the actor painting in his studio in New York City as he narrates his thought process about his work. The projects shown in the doc are all brightly colored large-scale abstract paintings, but they have a wide range of subject matter: from heartbreak to depictions of Jesus.

Carrey has been drawing and painting since he was a child, but his passion only recently became known to the majority of the world, when the mini doc went viral on social media and Carrey’s celebrity friends tweeted out their amazement.

"I think what makes someone an artist is they make models of their inner life," Carrey says in the video. "They make something come into physical being that is inspired by their emotions or their needs or what they feel the audience needs."

Carrey also says he used painting as a way to cope after his breakup with Jenny McCarthy in 2010.

"When you're falling in love, you're floating, weightless," Carrey said. "But when you lose that love, you have to reenter the atmosphere and it can get pretty rough, because you're just bouncing off one molecule and onto the next, ripping through them at such a pace that they just ignite and explode, until you find another heart that's doing the same thing, has landed and cooled, and then you start to float again."

Written by: Helen Murphy