The book vividly shows the protagonist’s intense frustration with Hollywood and his estrangement from his own work and accomplishments. Jim, how much does that represent your own true feelings?
CARREY “The Truman Show” was not a mistake. I am a guy who suddenly looked up one day and saw all the machines and lights falling from the sky. Every project is a bit of me, how I create myself anew, tear down the old self and explore something new. Throughout my career I have asked many of my viewers and they have allowed me to do these things. I think they kind of expect that from me. You don’t expect a convention.
Dana, do you think you emerged from this project another writer?
CARREY [to Vachon] Look at it. Observe it.
VACHON I don’t think you can work with anyone for eight years and you can’t be changed. It freed me. The people of New York spend many years with one story. In LA there is a skill and a trust in, let’s just do this, contrary to the idea of the East Coast that we will listen to God. Writing is lonely, so it was great to have a writing partner. It could be 3 p.m. They would say, “Yo, dude, what’s up? What did you do today?” And it still felt like work.
Jim, do you think you have a different understanding of creativity or fame?
CARREY An artist is a keeper of a divine spark and these people, no matter how complex or strange their character, have a connection to something divine and can give you this connection through their work. That’s all I ever wanted. Whether I was doing something funny or serious, all I wanted since childhood was to free people from worry. I think this book is just one example. And I think we’ll get into the book there. We come to a place where we can give them a hint of it.