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​Jim Carrey's Makeup Artist ‘Had To Go To Therapy’ Because Of How He Acted During 'The Grinch'

​Jim Carrey's Makeup Artist ‘Had To Go To Therapy’ Because Of How He Acted During 'The Grinch'

Jim Carrey is usually seen as a cheery character, often in contrast to the level of characters that he often plays on screen. The truth, however, might be somewhat different.

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A makeup artist has claimed that, far from being a calm character, Carrey's conduct during the making of one of his most famous and successful movies - Christmas classic The Grinch - forced him to go into therapy.

Kazuhiro Tsuji is one of the world's more celebrated makeup artists and had been nominated for three Academy Awards, including at this year's Oscars for his work on Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

His credits include movies such cosmetic-heavy hits as The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Men In Black and Hellboy, not to mention making Carrey up for his performance as the holiday-hating green monster. In filming that, however, Tsuji claims that Carrey himself was the demon.

Speaking to Vulture.com, Tsuji said: "In the makeup trailer he (Carrey) just suddenly stands up and looks in the mirror, and pointing on his chin, he goes, 'This colour is different from what you did yesterday'. I was using the same colour I used yesterday. He says, 'Fix it'. And okay, you know, I 'fixed' it. Every day was like that.

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Kazuhiro Tsuji. Credit: PA
Kazuhiro Tsuji. Credit: PA

"On set, [Carrey] was really mean to everybody and at the beginning of the production they couldn't finish. After two weeks we only could finish three days' worth of shooting schedule, because suddenly he would just disappear and when he came back, everything was ripped apart. We couldn't shoot anything."

According to Tsuji, the producers of the film made him pretend to quit filming in order to get Carrey to appreciate his expertise as a makeup artist. After the Japanese maestro had spent a week away from the set, Carrey rang him and Tsuji ignored the call. Then director Ron Howard stepped in on his behalf and Kazuhiro decided to return to filming.

"I went back under one condition," he said. "I was talking with my friends, and they all told me, 'You should ask for a raise before you go back'. I didn't want to do that - kind of nasty. Then I got the idea: How about I ask them to help me to get a green card?"

"I'm really an introvert," he added after stating that he had to undergo therapy after the experience of working with Carrey. "I don't like to be in many groups of people, or work under those conditions."

Carrey eventually calmed down and the film was a huge success, but Tsuji was turned off films.

"If I had a choice, I would not be in this mental state all the time," he concluded.

Featured Image Credit: The Grinch

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, jim carrey

Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]

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