Watch The Trailer For New Jim Carrey Series 'Kidding'
The trailer for Jim Carrey's new series, Kidding, has been released, showing the actor playing a fictional children's TV icon called Mr Pickles.
The forthcoming series - which will premiere on Showtime this September - follows Jeff, the man behind the beloved TV character, as his family life falls in on itself.
The press release for the show states: "Kidding centers on Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles (Carrey), an icon of children's television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America's impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when this beloved personality's family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairytale, fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope.
"The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking."
Along with Carrey as the series' lead, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella and Judy Greer also star.
The show comes from director Michel Gondry, who Carrey has previously worked with on 2004's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the romantic drama about a couple who literally erase memories of each other in order to overcome their painful breakup.
With a background in music television, Gondry is known for his surreal, dreamlike visual style, so we can probably expect Kidding to be a slightly bizarre ride - an area that Carrey is well versed in.
Recently, Netflix released a documentary unveiling the madness behind Carrey's method, teling the unseen story of the filming of Man on the Moon, a film about the life of comedian Andy Kaufman.
Filmmaker Chris Smith sat through over 100 hours of (potentially painful) footage shot behind the scenes of the 1999 movie to see Carrey play a role he said was 'out of my control'.
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Looking for more serious roles after starring in blockbusters like Ace Ventura and The Mask, Carrey filmed his own audition tape to prove he was up to the job.
What followed next was absolute madness. Carrey/Kaufman would spend hours living as Andy at home, on set, and even when meeting Kaufman's estranged daughter.
The studio refused to release the backstage footage for fears that the public might think the Carrey was actually a dick, rather than just acting like one.
Now, though, the film has been released and Smith thinks we can all learn from watching the chaos of Carrey/Kaufman.
"I think there's oddly a lot of life lessons in this movie and I think one of them is just this idea of not holding onto things from the past but actually moving forward," he said.
"I personally think he really tried to do justice to Andy's legacy and I think he really felt that this was the right way to do that.
"When Jim Carrey says he wants to do something, who is going to stop him?"
Featured Image Credit: Showtime