Jim Carrey has announced that he will be retiring from acting. The actor-comedian, who has starred in films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, announced that he was “fairly serious” about quitting after the release of his upcoming film, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, this year.
Speaking to Access Hollywood this week, Carrey said, “Well, I’m retiring. Yeah, probably. I’m being fairly serious.” His role as the antagonist, Robotnik, in the upcoming Sonic sequel could thus mark his last on-screen appearance.
The actor said, “I really like my quiet life and I really like putting paint on canvas and I really love my spiritual life and I feel like — and this is something you might never hear another celebrity say as long as time exists — I have enough. I’ve done enough. I am enough.”
Carrey also clarified that he would be willing to reconsider his decision if he comes across a good script. “It depends. If the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink that says to me that it’s going to be really important for people to see, I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break,” he said.
The Golden Globe-winning actor has acted in several critically-acclaimed and popular films, including Dumb and Dumber, The Truman Show, and Ace Ventura, among others. His performance in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is regarded as one of his best.
Jim Carrey is known for taking extended acting breaks, according to Variety. He had returned to the big screen after six years in 2020 with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog. While the actor had appeared in a couple of indie films in between, including The Bad Batch and Dark Crimes, his last major role in a feature film before Sonic the Hedgehog was in the 2014 sequel Dumb and Dumber To.
Carrey’s decision comes just a few days after Hollywood actor Bruce Willis, renowned for his portrayal of John McClane in the Die Hard film series, had announced his retirement from acting owing to a medical condition called aphasia.
“Our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. As a result of this, and with much consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” read the statement shared by Willis’ family members.