Thursday, April 4, 2013

Jim Carrey: Dumb and Getting Dumber

Jim Carrey in The Mask; source

Jim Carrey is a comedian-slash-actor who has made a name for himself in works such as The Mask, Liar Liar, The Yes Man, The Truman Show, and many others.  Who could forget his performance as "Fire Marshal Bill" in the TV show In Living Color?  Yes, good'ol Jimmy is a man of many talents.

But he's fading away sort of, and to remain relevant he's got to make a hissy-fit rant in support of gun control.  He doesn't like what happened in Newtown, Connecticut (to be fair, no one does), but he takes his rant out on law-abiding gun owners and a man who's been dead for five years: actor Charlton Heston.

“Charlton Heston movies are no longer in demand,” sang Carrey in his little video "performance". “His immortal soul may lay forever in the sand. The angels wouldn’t take him up to heaven like he planned, because they couldn’t pry that gun from his cold dead hand.”  I won't post the video here, but it's available on YouTube and other diverse places about the web should anyone bother themselves to see it.  Get out the Jiffy Pop and a cold, carbonated beverage.

There's nothing from Carrey about separating guns from criminals; nothing about preventing mental cases from getting a hold of guns.  It's all about keeping law-abiding citizens from owning guns to protect themselves from thugs and nutjobs (does Carrey himself have armed bodyguards?), and he's got to attack Heston for his part in being a former president of the National Rifle Association.  Heston of course, is dead, and he cannot defend himself from Carrey's immature attack.

But we can.  We're going to focus on just one little ditty from Jimmy's video, namely the line “Charlton Heston movies are no longer in demand.”  We're going to do something that you, Jimmy, refused to do, and that is fact-check.  Let's see who's really in demand.

On March 15, 2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Jim Carrey was released to theaters, grossing $21,011,115.  That's total.  It's budget was $30 million, so it lost money.  The film was pulled after only 19 days.  Taking the gross amount of money the film made and dividing it by seven bucks - I believe that's the average theater ticket price these days; it could be higher - and one finds that in 19 days just over 3 million people bothered to see it

Just over a year before on April 7, 2012 the ABC Network broadcast Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston, the annual Passover/Resurrection tradition it has held during the previous 32 years.  The film pulled in 7 million viewers that night.  For free.  The previous year, the film pulled in 7.05 million viewers. Again, for free.  When that film was released way back in 1956, it's budget was $13 million; it made $80 million in the theaters, and in 1950's money it qualifies as a blockbuster.  What were the ticket prices back then?  Fifty cents?  If that was the case, then The Ten Commandments had 160 million people world-wide seeing it.  In short, Jim Carrey, the film starring a dead man that you hate did a lot better in it's first release - and on TV for free many, many years later - then yours did.  And you say Heston's films are not in demand.

Since he cannot bother himself to fact-check a Heston film, what does that say about his views on guns?  Well, ex-fans of His Carreyness are selling his items on eBay, for the sake of buying guns, which says something by and of itself.

Congratulations, Jimmy.  You're the gun salesman of the month!

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