Jim Carrey says "Yes" to comedy again

Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:56pm EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Jim Carrey is back to doing whatever it takes to get a laugh, and in his new movie "Yes Man" that means bungee jumping while chatting on a cell phone, and mounting a motorbike in a hospital gown.

He seems a world away from last year, when instead of a comedy the actor starred in dark thriller "The Number 23," a numerology-inspired film most critics said did not add up.

In his new film, which opens on Friday, Carrey is back to his brand of broad comedy that made audiences roar in films such as "Liar Liar" and "Bruce Almighty," which raked in more than $180 million and $240 million, respectively, at U.S. and Canadian box offices. "Number 23" did about $35 million.

"It really comes down to thinking about someone sitting in a seat laughing," Carrey told reporters in recent interviews to promote the movie. "And that's it, when you do a movie like this. It's really that that gets me off."

For "Yes Man," Carrey bungee jumped off a bridge in a scene that filmmakers saved until the end, in case anything happened to the star. He told them he would say "yes" to bungee jumping only once, "so you might as well get it on camera."

Carrey's decision fits with the theme of "Yes Man," in which he plays a loan officer who turns his life upside down by adopting a new philosophy and saying "yes" to everything, from learning Korean to piloting a plane.

His new-found spontaneity helps him win the love of a quirky and impulsive woman named Allison, played by Zooey Deschanel. But he finds out never saying "no" creates plenty of problems.

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<p>Jim Carrey poses as he arrives for the Spanish premiere of "Yes Man" in downtown Madrid December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Susana Vera</p>