Jim Carrey Banned From Stepping Foot In This Country

Jim Carrey has joined the growing list of Canadians banned from entering Russia.

By Matthew Creith | Published

Jim Carrey has been an entertainer for years. From humble beginnings in stand-up and sketch comedy to his work in films like The Truman Show and Ace Venture: Pet Detective, the comedian has relied on the strength of his talents to propel his career forward. Now, Complex reports that Jim Carrey is one of 100 Canadians that are currently banned from entering Russia, largely due to the policies and sanctions from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Grouped alongside journalists, cultural figures like Handmaid’s Tale writer Margaret Atwood, and Canadian politicians, Jim Carrey has not yet responded to the news that he isn’t allowed to enter Russia at this time. The Russian Foreign Ministry made the announcement this week when they added 100 Canadians to their growing list, which most see as directly related to sanctions imposed by the Canadian government on Russia in an attempt to tamper down the effects of the war with Ukraine. Russia has so far banned close to 1,000 Canadians from entering their country, even though most of those residents have no intention of traveling to Russia any time soon.

Before he was banned from traveling to Russia, Jim Carrey became a fixture in American households on the sketch comedy series In Living Color. He had a breakout role in The Mask in 1994 alongside Cameron Diaz, which coincided with appearances in Ace Venture: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber. His career in movies took off from there and landed him in high-profile franchise sequels like Ace Venture: When Nature Calls and Batman Forever, where he played the infamous Riddler from the comic book series.

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After establishing a burgeoning career in movie comedies, Jim Carrey embarked on a journey to be taken seriously as an actor in more dramatic genres, taking the leading role of Truman Burbank in Peter Weir’s The Truman Show. That film became a massive critical and commercial success for Carrey, eventually grossing over $264 million at the box office. The Truman Show eventually led to more projects in the similar genre like Man on the Moon where Carrey starred as real-life comedian Andy Kaufman, as well as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Kate Winslet.

Since the mid-2000s, Jim Carrey’s career has taken some twists and turns, notably as the actor took on more supporting roles as he has gotten older. Carrey was featured as part of the ensemble casts of Kick-Ass 2 and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, both in 2013, before returning to familiar territory in the Farrelly brothers’ sequel Dumb and Dumber To alongside Jeff Daniels. Recently, Jim Carrey has played Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik in 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog and its sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which was released this year by Paramount Pictures.