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Jim Carrey Once Wrote Himself a $10 Million Check


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Actor and comedian Jim Carrey was a born entertainer. In school, his
teacher let him perform his comedy routines for his classmates at the
end of the day in exchange for being quiet during class. Carrey used to
wear his tap shoes to bed, just in case his parents needed cheering up
in the middle of the night.

When he was young, Carrey’s father lost his job and the whole family
had to live in a camper van on a relative’s lawn. They all took jobs working
as janitors and security guards at a nearby factory – Carrey himself worked
an eight-hour shift straight after school.

Carrey got his start as a stand-up comedian at 15, when his father drove
him to Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s club. Wearing a yellow suit that his mother
sewed, Carrey’s debut bombed so badly that it gave him doubt whether he
could make a living as an entertainer. Fortunately, he persevered and
gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. A year later, he dropped out
of high school to concentrate on his career.

At 19, Carrey headed to Hollywood – but like many young actors trying
to make it in Tinseltown, he found that success was elusive. In 1985,
a broke and depressed Carrey drove his old beat-up Toyota up the Hollywood
hills. There, sitting overlooking Los Angeles, he daydreamed of success.
To make himself feel better, Carrey wrote
himself a check for $10 million
for "acting services rendered,"
post-dated it 10 years and kept it in his wallet.

The check remained there until it deteriorated but Carrey eventually
made it: he earned millions for movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
and Dumb and Dumber. When his father passed away in 1994, Carrey
slipped the check in the casket to be buried.

Here’s Jim Carrey talking about the famous $10 million check in this
Oprah interview:

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October 7th, 2012

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