Carrey was being interviewed by Access about his role in the new movie Sonic the Hedgehog 2 when he announced he is also stepping away from the big screen.
Carrey, 60, who has starred in some of the most successful comedies during an almost 30-year career, abruptly announced he was planning taking what may well be a permanent break from acting. Watch above.
Carrey was about halfway through an interview where he had discussed everything from his burgeoning career as an artist to Dolly Parton and his 12-year-old grandson when he dropped the bombshell.
“Well, I’m retiring, yeah probably,” he said to the stunned interviewer, who asked if he was being serious.
“I’m being fairly serious, yeah. It depends if the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink that says to me that it is going to be really important for people to see, I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break.
“I really like my quiet life, and I really love putting paint on canvas and I really love my spiritual life and I feel like, this is something you might never hear another celebrity say as long as time exists, but I have enough, I have done enough, I am enough.”
He also spoke about his friend, Bob Saget, who died suddenly in January.
“He was just a lovely guy to everybody he knew and one of the first people I connected with in Los Angeles,” he said.
In what could well be one of his last movies, Carrey has returned to the screen as Doctor Eggman (he previously played Dr Robotnik in the first film).
Discussing the role, Carrey said his character’s moustache was an extension of his ego. “I wanted it even bigger, I was arguing ‘go bigger, go even bigger than than that’,” he said.
He also talked about his lookalike grandson, Jackson, who he said loves the franchise and they often play the game together.
“He kicks my butt at the game all the time. It’s ridiculous,” he said, adding he had a horrible arm injury from sleeping wrong and has to use his elbow to play.
“He makes fun of me and talks smack about me all the time when we play,” he said.
Carrey said there was definitely “a resemblance” between himself and his grandson, the son of his only child, daughter Jane Carrey.
“But he is going to be a very big man. He’s quite a beast. He’s almost as tall as me now. He could be a bodyguard.”
Carrey said his grandson had a subtle sense of humour but he was unsure if he found him funny.
“You never seem to be getting a rise out of him, but he’s laughing internally. He’s very cool.”
He gushed his grandson was “also a slugger” on the baseball field, and he watched him play in a championship game.
“He hit a grand slam and it was literally one of the greatest moments of my life. I was out of my mind with joy,” he said. “That’s what life is all about.”
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