Jim Carrey on Channeling His Manic Mid-90s Energy for ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

     February 14, 2020

Watching Jim Carrey in Sonic the Hedgehog is like stepping out of a time machine directly into 1994. The loose-limbed comedian has spent a few years delving into the darker side of comedy, occasionally taking on straight dramas, but his performance as Dr. Ivo Robotnik is injected with the type of unpredictable mad-man energy that shot him into superstardom, cherry-picking all the best parts of Ace Ventura, The Mask, and even a bit of Batman Forever.


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When I sat down with Carrey to discuss Sonic, we discussed whether that energy comes from the same place it did three decades ago.

Check out what Ben Schwartz had to say in the player above, and below is exactly what we talked about. Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters on Friday, February 14. For more coverage out of the Sonic junket, here is Ben Schwartz doing his best “Mr. Needlemouse” and James Marsden revealing his superhuman beer-drinking abilities.

  • Is there anything Jim Carrey can do really well, really fast?
  • Whether the energy he puts into the role of Dr. Robotnik comes from the same place as it did in the early parts of his career, and how he’s able to still channel it today.
  • As an actor who has been in a wide array of classics, which of his movies does he think will get re-made or rebooted first?
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Here’s the official synopsis for Sonic the Hedgehog:

Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

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