His legendary mimicry shaping his fame, Jim Carrey has always known how to play to the gallery. And when it’s time to change register and adopt the posture of a sad clown, the Canadian actor has brilliantly risen to the challenge. A tightrope walker of emotions, the uncontrollable actor of the 90s has oscillated between caustic cartoon comedy (The Mask in 1994), puerile madness (Me, Myself and Irene in 2000) and drama (I Love You Philip Morris in 2009). Fourteen years after Michel’s Gondry’s masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a movie caught between dream and reality hailed at Deauville and accoladed at the Oscars (best original script), Jim Carrey is back in cahoots with the French director, this time on the small screen, with Kidding, a series to be aired September 9th on the Showtime channel.
Under the direction of Gondry, Jim Carrey abandons his burlesque flights for a dramatic comedy that's as tender as it is cruel. Here he plays Jeff, a former presenter of a kids’ TV show nicknamed Mr Pickles. In possession of a small fortune, he finds himself confronted with a family crisis and is struggling to get out of a bad situation. Also excellently cast are Catherine Keener (Get Out) and Judy Greer (Archer). Created by scriptwriter Dave Holstein (Weeds), the first season lasts ten episodes, all directed by Michel Gondry for Showtime (Dexter, Homeland, Shameless…), HBO’s big competitor.
Kidding, a series directed by Michel Gondry, Showtime, starts September 9th.