Jim Carrey, the rubber-faced comedian, is trending on Twitter, and unfortunately, it's not because of a hit movie, new TV show, or even a brilliant joke. It's because of his video love letter to flame-haired actress Emma Stone, star of The Help and Easy A.
The video was posted on Carrey's Tru Life video website, which is currently so overloaded, I can't even get on it. But don't worry, you can see Carrey's trembling homage below.
No one can seem to decide if Carrey's videotaped profession of undying love—he tells the 23-year-old Stone that he wants to marry her, have "chubby little freckle-faced kids," and would have sex with her every day for the rest of her life—is creepy and disturbed, or genuinely funny. "Creepy or hilarious?" asked thousands of Twitterers. Stone herself can't seem to decide. "Should I be flattered or seek an order of protection?" she posted on her YouTube channel EmmaStoneVerified.
After reading about the digital mash note, I was prepared to be outraged at the craggy, middle-aged Carrey wooing a woman just out of her teens, but Carrey is clearly not remotely serious. The fact that some people in the media, who should be at least hip to satire, seem to think he is, is even more bizarre than Carrey's love note.
"Is Jim Carrey's Bizarre Video to Emma Stone Sincere or a Prank?" asks BlackBook. Writes Ben Barna: "If the video came with a Funny or Die imprint attached, we’d all laugh, and welcome Jim Carrey to the age of viral videos." Er, okay. I guess if a joke doesn't come with a recognizable branded imprint, Barna doesn't get it.
That said, the video is obviously a parody of one of those creepy dudes, well past his prime, hitting on a hot young woman, forever hopeful, forever oblivious to the idea that his mojo has moved on. Only Carrey takes it a step further, trying to garner sympathy from Stone by repeatedly pointing out their age difference—and not exactly in a self-flattering way.
"I'm 49," says Carrey, a catch in his throat. "I have lines in my face, gray in my hair, and it takes me a lot longer to pee than it used to."
In fact, the worst thing about Carrey's video is that he doesn't fully commit to his character. At the end of it, he silently mouths, "I love you," while his chin begins quivering like tween in the presence of Justin Bieber. I would have been more impressed if Carrey had played it straight.
I guess this is why Carrey has never quite risen to the dramatic level that some comedians— such as Robin Williams, Jerry Lewis, or Tom Hanks—are capable of. No matter what, Jim Carrey just can't stop being Jim Carrey.