Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Jim Carrey starred in Dr Seuss Christmas movie The Grinch? While the film holds a rotten score of 49 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is considered a Christmas cult classic by many fans today. Of course, this is mainly because of Carrey’s incredible comic performance of the big green Scrooge character.
The story is based on Dr Seuss’ 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! which was first adapted as an animated TV special in 1966.
Produced by Looney Tunes legend Chuck Jones, the cartoon Grinch was narrated by Hollywood horror legend Boris Karloff.
Then, after Carrey’s 2000 live-action movie directed by Ron Howard, a CGI version hit cinemas in 2018 starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the mean misanthrope.
But now a new report claims Carrey is wanted for a live-action follow-up, so could The Grinch 2 really be on the way?
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According to respected Hollywood insider Daniel Richtman, Universal are working on a another live-action Grinch movie and they want Carrey to return.
He wrote: “New Grinch live-action movie in the works at Universal and they want Jim Carrey back.”
Even if this rumour turns out to be true, it’s worth noting that the now 58-year-old star famously couldn’t stand wearing The Grinch prosthetics.
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show in 2014, Carrey said: “It was like being buried alive every day.”
Carrey said on the show how the first day of makeup application took eight and a half hours.
The comedy legend continued: “I went back to my trailer and put my leg through the wall and I told Ron Howard I couldn’t do the movie.
“Then [producer] Brian Grazer came in and being the Fix-It Man came up with a brilliant idea, which was to hire a gentleman who was trained to teach CIA operatives how to endure torture.
“And so that’s how I got through The Grinch! It was quite hilarious.”
Carrey said the CIA guy said: “Eat everything you see and if you’re freaking out and you start to spiral downward turn the television on, change your pattern.
“Have someone you know come and smack you in the head, punch yourself in the leg or smoke, smoke as much as you possibly can.”
The actor even said how he used a giant cigarette holder so the yak hair of his Grinch prosthetics wouldn’t catch fire.
Although Carrey reminisced how the yak hair would turn inward and be particularly uncomfortable, declaring: “It was horrifying! It was horrifying!”
In the end, the actor had to keep reminding himself: “It’s for the kids, it’s for the kids, it’s for the kids, it’s for the kids.”
As for how many times he had to put the makeup on, Carrey revealed he endured the prosthetics 100 times.
The star added: “Y’know what got me through it? The Bee Gees.”
By the sounds of it even if Universal want The Grinch 2 to happen with Carrey, he’ll take a lot of convincing.