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Jim Carrey has been the face and voice of Hollywood comedy for years, becoming some of the best-known characters like The Grinch, The Mask, Ace Ventura and Bruce Almighty.
But he hasn't been in any films since 2016 and this video explains why he's taken a backseat to the acting sphere.
The documentary titled I Needed Colour explores the side of Jim Carrey that we never thought he had. His on-screen personas are so high-energy, over the top, excitable and engaging, and this video shows what he's like when the cameras aren't rolling - when he's in his happy place: painting.
His paintings certainly have attracted a lot of attention recently, mainly because of their intense depictions of people like Donald Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Carrey's voice can be heard in the documentary saying: "When I really started painting a lot, I had become so obsessed that there was nowhere to move in my home. Paintings were everywhere. They were becoming a part of the furniture - I was eating on them."
He explains that the video's title derives from a particularly 'bleak' winter's day in New York City, which Carrey said was a really depressing environment to be in - so much so that he needed to inject a bit of colour into his life.
The 56-year-old says: "You can tell my inner life by the darkness in some of [the paintings]. You can tell what I want from the brightness in some of them."
He adds that a true artist is someone that is able to project their inner emotions, wants, dislikes and desires onto a canvas or other medium.
Carrey was always passionate about sketching, but properly dedicated his time to the art form seven years ago - during a time that he explains was necessary to allow his 'broken heart to heal'.
"When your heart is in love, you're floating, weightless. When you lose that love, you have to re-enter the atmosphere and it can get pretty rough," he says in I Needed Colour.
"You're just bouncing off one molecule onto the next, ripping through them at such a pace that they just ignite and explode until you find another heart that's doing the same thing."
Carrey dated Cathriona White on and off from 2012 to 2015 before she took her own life. Her mother filed a wrongful death suit against Jim in 2016, which was dismissed earlier this year.
"I don't know what it is painting teaches me, I know it just frees me," the actor adds. "Free from the future, free from the past, free from regret, free from worry."
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