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November 11, 2009

Another Hollywood celebrity spouts off

This time, it's Jim Carrey.  In promoting his (at least opening weekend, anyway) box office bomb A Christmas Carol, Carey told the Chicago tribune:

"I was thinking about it this morning, how this story ties into everything we’re going through,” says Carrey, who, thanks to the technology, plays Scrooge as well as the three ghosts haunting him. “Every construct we’ve built in American life is falling apart. Why? Because of personal greed and ambition. Capitalism without regulation can’t protect us against personal greed.. . ."

This would mean more if it wasn't coming from an actor who makes $20 million a film, even though the quality of these films has been dropping drastically from an already low platform.  As Mark Steyn notes, he could have easily stayed up in his native Canada, making films for a lot less money but, some would say, much more "artistic" quality. I haven't seen enough Canadian films to know whether that's true, but it's definitely true that this is the object of them.  You don't see any FX-ridden blockbusters with no plot and less acting ability in Canadian films, I bet.

But no, he headed down south instead, because that's where the big payday was.  And more power to him, if he can convince a studio that he's still worth $20 million.  But when you're taking advantage of the capitalist system, it's kind of sad when you slag off the system that's putting that money in your pocket.  What's that word I'm looking for?  It's on the tip of my tongue.

Oh yes.  Hypocrite.


  1. How was the movie a flop? It opened in first and got twice the amount of the movies in second and third, with third being another new release.

    (I do agree with your analysis of his comments, however. Not the first time I've heard an unrepentant Scrooge compared to Republicans.)

  2. Well, "flop" as opposed to what it was expected to make, which was $45 million or so in its opening weekend.

    Call it dramatic license or a prediction, then. LOL


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