While Jim Carrey isn’t known for making sequels, he is reportedly in Vancouver voicing his part as the villain Dr. Robotnik for Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The cast and crew have been working hard under strange conditions during the pandemic. According to production sources for TMZ, Carrey wanted to show his appreciation for the crew. He decided the best way to do so was to purchase a Chevy Blazer RS and raffle the car off to one member of the crew. The base model for the car costs $40,000. Reportedly, the winner of Jim Carrey’s raffle was chosen Friday morning and worked as a grip on set. Since TMZ’s report, Variety’s sources have also confirmed these details.
The first movie for the franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog, released in February 2020, before theaters in the United States were shutting down. It did well at the box office, earning $319 million worldwide. Because of the timing of its release, this is one of few franchises to not suffer from recent pandemic delays. They had the rest of 2020 to plan the sequel and not that filming is starting to become a possibility again, they’re hard at work on making that sequel happen. In February 2021, the studio made a grand reveal for the title and release date of the upcoming Jim Carrey movie on Twitter. The humor was appreciated. See the tweet below.
That’s right. The sequel for Sonic the Hedgehog is fittingly named Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Why not keep it simple, right? That’s what we’re all going to call the movie anyway.
The news of Jim Carrey giving away a car on set is particularly fun since it wasn’t long ago that it was unclear whether the actor was returning to play Dr. Robotnik again. There were rumors that he was interested in making a sequel, but rumors about Carrey showing interest in sequels have been an ongoing thing for him. For a while, rumors were spreading that he was looking into making sequels for several of his classic films, including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and several of his best comedies.
However, Jim Carrey has said in the past that he finds sequels to be a thing of commerce, not art, and that he doesn’t enjoy it. He wasn’t happy with the results when he did a sequel for Dumb and Dumber or Ace Ventura. While there was tons of potential for sequels to movies like Yes Man or Liar Liar, he just doesn’t enjoy revisiting the characters and finds the magic is gone.
Hopefully, Jim Carrey’s willingness to return for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 means that something about the script felt good to the actor and audiences can expect some of that same magic back in the sequel.
These days, the actor seems choosier about the projects he takes on. He doesn’t have anything else lined up for future Hollywood projects. He recently did a run as Joe Biden on Saturday Night Live and finished his run as Jeff Pickles on the television series Kidding. When he wraps up his time on Sonic the Hedgehog 2, we’ll have to wait to see what the actor signs on for next. Maybe Jim Carrey’s warming up to sequels after all.