By MICHAEL CIDONI LENNOX
AP Entertainment Writer
Jim Carrey has delivered more than his share of great performances. But this undercover act wasn’t one of them.
While receiving press in a Las Vegas hotel room, he was wearing large sunglasses and a sparking gold patchwork blazer.
That’s about as funny as Carrey would get on this day in Sin City promoting “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” opening Friday. The Vegas-set comedy is about a burned-out old-school magician (Steve Carell) threatened by a newcomer (Carrey) who’ll literally risk his life to wow audiences and attain fame.
It is perhaps the darkest character that Carrey has ever delivered in an out-and-out comedy.
It’s just the latest transformation for Carrey, who last year had a solo exhibition of his paintings and now has a children’s book on the way–something Carrey said he did in part for his grandson, born to Carrey’s daughter Erin in February 2010.
“Sometimes when you go to a movie, that can be that. But when you read your kid a story, that is just a little slice of heaven,” he said.
Carrey’s also making music, having teamed with indie-rock band The Eels for his new single, “Cold Dead Hand,” which has an anti-gun theme. “Charlton Heston would not like it,” Carrey commented.
“You know, I’m always risking it and pushing it,” Carrey said. “I’ve got nowhere to go. I have no other options. I don’t have a trade.”
AP Entertainment reporter Natalie Rotman contributed to this story.
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