I Needed Color: A Documentary On Jim Carrey’s Art

– by Camille Banzon, Music Editor –

“When your heart is in love, you are floating. Weightless. When you are healing a broken heart, you have to re-enter the atmosphere. And it can get pretty rough. 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 a heart that’s doing the same thing that’s landed and cooled. And then you start to float again.”

This is how actor Jim Carrey describes falling in and out of love and how it drove him to pursue his new passion: painting. The short documentary, “I Needed Color,” shows how the actor has been spending his time lately, and that is by being obsessed with visual art for the last six years.

It’s pretty common for famous people to hop from one passion to the next without much heart into it, but Carrey’s transition is something else. The documentary shows truly magnificent pieces of art, with vibrant colors in hard, thick strokes. Some media outlets have gone to say that the actor’s painting skills are “surprising,” but Carrey explains in the documentary that he has always been drawn to sketching as a kid, so talent has been there all along and it just needed one heartbreak in his adult years to ignite its full potential.

“I think what makes someone an artist is they make models of their inner life,” says Carrey, describing his beliefs on his creative process. The documentary shows the actor in his most vulnerable, raw self; stripped off of any characters and fake personas as seen in his comical movies. If anything, he is closest to his role as Andy Kaufman in Man On The Moon. He also unleashes deep thoughts and quotable statements all throughout the documentary.

Directed and produced by David Bushell in New York, the 6-minute documentary is slowly gaining traction, and has been viewed over 2 million times.

Watch the documentary in full below.

Jim Carrey: I Needed Color from SGG on Vimeo.


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