Why Jim Carrey Retreated from Spotlight and What He Thinks Will Happen Once 'Feds Finally Close In' on Trump
Austin Hargrave
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The actor on his back into the limelight thanks to new Showtime series "Kidding" reflects on fame and "river of grief."

Jim Carrey is slowly making his way back into the limelight with a new Showtime show, but don't call it a comeback.

"I'm not back in the same way," he said in a new profile in The Hollywood Reporter, where he explained why he retreated from fame in the first place. "I don't feel I'm little Jim trying to hang on to a place in the stratosphere anymore —- I don't feel like I'm trying to hold on to anything."

While he has worked steadily through the years -- he's appeared in at least one big project almost every year of his career -- the actor has taken a step back from the public forum and certainly became pickier with his projects of late.

"I just didn't want to be in the business anymore," Carrey explained. "I didn't like what was happening, the corporations taking over and all that. And maybe it's because I felt pulled toward a different type of creative outlet and 
I really liked the control of painting —- of not having a committee in the way telling me what the idea must be to appeal to a four-quadrant whatever."

"There's a weightlessness to it," he added of fame. "You can dream about it all you want, but until you get it, you don't realize that it's really not a place that's very comfortable for very long."

His political cartoons of people like President Donald Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, which he shares on Twitter, are really what have been making headlines for him lately. "I have to turn the uncomfortable things that I see in this world into art," he said of his new outlet.

Speaking directly about POTUS, he added, "When it's all said and done and the Feds finally close in 
and he hands over the keys to Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago and whatever else he has, there's going to be a celebration in this country such as has never been seen before. I guarantee it."

If that doesn't happen, he said, "We're done."

Carrey currently has two big projects on his plate, one being the Showtime series "Kidding," and the other playing the villain in an upcoming "Sonic the Hedgehog" film.

"You're always waiting for that thing that you recognize as some part of yourself," he said of "Kidding," which finds him playing a children's TV host whose personal life "implodes."

"And the life experience here matched up. I've gone through great loss, and somehow I ended up on the other side in a place where I can look anybody in the eye and feel like I'm 
on the same page," he explained. "I understand how the river of grief can grab you at some point in your life and just throttle you."

"Kidding" premieres September 9 on Showtime. His full interview with The Hollywood Reporter can be read right here.

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