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Jim Carrey got paid highest amount of his career for film you may never have heard of

Jim Carrey got paid highest amount of his career for film you may never have heard of

One of Jim Carrey's more underrated roles secured him his biggest pay day.

Jim Carrey is one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood - and rightly so, thanks to all of the comedic genius he has gifted us over the years.

The Dumb and Dumber star, 61, has racked up quite the enviable CV over the years thanks to his leading roles in some of our favourite movies.

He has a horde of classics to his name - including the likes of The Mask, Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Grinch.

Carrey has managed to make us laugh, cry and sob, which is certainly the sign of a well rounded actor.

The comedian has been paid a fair few handsome fees for his talents and he certainly isn't short of a few quid.

So it's no wonder that after four decades in show business, he is thinking of hanging up his acting hat for good.

After his role in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which released last year, Carrey revealed he was 'taking a break' from the spotlight and was 'fairly serious' about the prospect of retiring.

He said: "It depends. If the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink that says to me that it’s going to be really important for people to see, I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break."

The actor has racked up a hefty bank balance throughout his career.
Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Hopefully, someone can pull some strings and that might be arranged.

But to be fair to the bloke, he's happy with his achievements and has every right to enjoy the fortune he's earned over the years - which is rumoured to be to the tune of $180million (£144million).

Although his more famous films have helped him rack up a fair bit of this amount, one of his more underrated roles secured him his biggest pay day.

Unless you are a die-hard Carrey fan, his performance in Yes Man may have slipped through the cracks during your binge-watching sessions.

But his role as bank loan officer Carl Allen ironically got him his largest wage of his career.

The 2008 rom-com, co-starring Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper, was based (very loosely) on a non-fiction book by British comedian Danny Wallace, and tells the story of a man who simply decides that he says ‘no’ a little too often.

Carrey's performance in Yes Man earned him his biggest payday.
Warner Bros

After a meeting with a guru, he resolves to say ‘yes’ to just about everything, leading to a set of hilarious, unfortunate, and serendipitous events.

The fact Carrey said 'yes' to the film paid off big time - as it reportedly netted him a whopping $30million (£24million).

As the actor has been around the showbiz block a few times, he realised that he could bag even more cash if he gave up his upfront salary in exchange for partial ownership of Yes Man.

Carrey took a huge gamble and is said to have taken a 36.2% stake in the whole profit of the movie.

The film went on to gross $230million worldwide, which Carrey secured himself a hefty slice of, according to Forbes.

He isn't one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood for nothing - maybe he has a few tricks up his sleeve in the bookies too.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: TV and Film, Jim Carrey, Celebrity, Celebrity Net Worth, Money