In 1998, Jim Carrey beat out the likes of Jack Nicholson, Robin Williams, and Eddie Murphy to star in The Grinch. The comedian, who rose to A-list fame in the 1990s with Ace Ventura and The Mask, even earned a record-breaking salary of $20 million to play the role of Dr. Seuss. Though given what he had to endure on set, it seems like he certainly earned the big payday.
Carrey had to be covered in layers of prosthetic makeup to play the furry green villain every day in The Grinch, which rocketed to the top of the Netflix movie chart this week.
Speaking previously on The Graham Norton Show, the comedy legend confessed that the eight and a half hours of makeup application “was like being buried alive every day. I went back to my trailer and put my leg through the wall and told him [director] Ron Howard, I couldn’t make the movie.”
That’s when producer Brian Grazer came up with the radical idea of hiring the CIA to help the suffering actor.
Carry added: “You know what got me through it? The Bee Gees.”
The Grinch may have received mixed reviews upon its original release in 2000, but it grossed $345 million worldwide on a budget of $123 million. However, in 2018, it was surpassed by the new computer-animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story starring Benedict Cumberbatch, when that version of The Grinch earned $512 million on a budget of $75 million.
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