Jim Carrey To Play ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Villain Robotnik

Jim Carrey, who seems to be more interested in political painting than any sort of acting these days, doesn't really "do movies" anymore, and when he does, they turn out to have a 0% Rotten Tomatoes score (the forever delayed "Dark Crimes"). He has also been exec-producing the Showtime series "I’m Dying Up Here," which I've heard mixed things about and another upcoming Showtime series titled "Kidding," which premieres in September. 

Suffice to say the legendary actor, and I think there's no doubting he is at this point a legend, especially with the filmography he accumulated from 1994-2004, has shown no interest in pushing himself artistically for over a decade. Notice how I stopped at 2004 when speaking about his peak. No coincidence. After that, Carrey basically started having one misfire after another: "Fun With Dick and Jane," "The Number 23," "Yes, Man," A Christmas Carol," "Mr. Popper's Penguins," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "Dumb and Dumber To," and the aforementioned "Dark Crimes." Yikes. There were two exceptions during that 14-year time-span, the underrated indie "I Love You Phillip Morris" and his supporting role in "Kick-Ass." That's it, that's all.

So, it is with great confusion, that I heard the news last week that Carrey will star in a "Sonic the Hedgehog" movie for Paramount and will play Robotnik, a villain in the live action/CGI adaptation of the hit Sega video game. Also starring in the film will be James Marsden and Tika Sumpter. "Hedgehog" will be directed by Jeff Fowler, whose only directing credits are animated shorts. 

Come on, I know you want to say it; Only Paramount would embark on such a random project.

At some point in his career, Carrey was really pushing himself artistically, a great example of his willingness to delve deep into character was his take on Andy Kaufman in "Man on the Moon." A behind-the-scenes doc titled "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond," showed Carrey all but becoming Kaufman and, ensuingly, annoying the entire cast and crew for most of the shoot. It's a must-watch that shows just how brilliant and perceptive he really was back in the day. 

Maybe Carrey just gave so much to his roles that, like De Niro, he just wants to coast, that's fine by me. We'll always have the classics.

For me, the Jim Carrey acting hall-of-fame will always be these three films: "The Truman Show," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and "Man on the Moon." He should have been nominated all three times for an Oscar but didn't get the recognition he deserved.