Out promoting his villainous role in Paramount’s new “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie, legendary comic actor Jim Carrey was asked whether there was any film in his back-catalogue he can see himself doing a sequel to.
For starters, and likely only because they’ve got the option on him for sequels, Carrey says he thinks there’s opportunities down the road for more “Sonic” adventures.
“I don’t think in terms of sequels and stuff like that, I mean, this one [Sonic The Hedgehog] is kind of right for it because we have not evolved the character [Dr. Eggman] fully yet,” Carrey tells ComicBook.com.
The 58-year-old actor then acknowledged the potential in a sequel to his 1994 hit “The Mask”.
“The Mask I think, myself, you know, it would depend on a filmmaker. It depends on a filmmaker really. I don’t want to do it just to do it. But I would only do it if it was some crazy visionary filmmaker. Sure.”
Interestingly enough, the director of the original film, Chuck Russell, is still very much alive and still very much in the film and television game. But clearly, Carrey thinks a sequel would need more firepower this time around.
“The Mask”, based on a little-known comic, made over $350 million off a $23 million budget. It saw Carrey’s Stanley Ipkiss, finding a magical mask that can transform both his face and body into… well, anything. Cameron Diaz and Peter Greene co-starred.
After the perforating performance of Carrey’s “Dumb & Dumber To” a couple of years ago, as well as New Line’s surface indifference in furthering the franchise after the god-awful “Son of the Mask”, it’s going to take more than a few championing “The Mask 2” on Twitter to get it made, but who knows? Maybe Carrey’s interest in the project, and society’s woody for nostalgia right now, leads to a greenlight?
Carrey has never been a big fan of sequels, telling THR in 2017 that he sees them as mindless money-grabs.
“I find sequels are a function of commerce for the most part. At least the two I’ve done, they were characters I enjoyed doing, but I did find myself almost parroting myself at that point. When you put 10 years between you and the last time you did it, suddenly you’re going, ‘How did I do that again?’… So, you’re imitating your original inspiration. It was super fun with Jeff, but I’m not a crazy sequel guy.”
The two sequels Carrey is referring to are “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” and the aforesaid “Dumb & Dumber To.”