A tale I heard
Actor Jim Carrey talking about the arduous process of becoming the Grinch:
"The make-up was like being buried alive every day. The first day was eight and a half hours. I went back to my trailer and put my leg through the wall and I told Ron Howard I couldn’t do the movie. And then Brian Grazer came in and, being the fix-it man, came up with the brilliant idea, which was to hire a gentleman who is trained to teach CIA operatives how to endure torture.
And that’s how I got through the Grinch. He said: ‘Eat everything you see and if you’re freaking out and you start to spiral downward, turn the television on, change a pattern, have someone you know come up and smack you in the head, or smoke. Smoke as much as you possibly can.’
So I was this Grinch smoking with a giant cigarette-holder so the green yak hair wouldn’t set on fire. It was horrifying. I kept thinking: ‘It’s for the kids, it’s for the kids, it’s for the kids.’
I did the make-up 100 times. And you know what got me through it? The Bee Gees. I’m not kidding you. The only thing that worked in the make-up chair, to be calm through the process, was everything the Bee Gees had ever done. I don’t know why. They just made me happy. There’d be no Grinch without them. "