As weird as this sounds, Jim Carrey’s portrayal of the villain Robotnik in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (opening in one week!) could be the very last appearance from him in an acting role. Mr. Carrey implied as much during an interview with Access Hollywood that aired this week.
According to Variety, Carrey is reported as saying “Well, I’m retiring. Yeah, probably. I’m being fairly serious.” When pressed further, he replied “It depends. If the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink that says to me that it’s going to be really important for people to see, I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break.”
It’s bitter news to hear for anyone who can remember the 1990s, when Carrey’s “rubberface” style of comedy became so popular that there was no film he could star in that couldn’t become a hit. Ace Ventura, The Mask and Dumb & Dumber were all staples of the average living room VHS library. In recent decades Jim has become more selective in what films he stars in; prior to the Sonic movies his last role was 2014’s Dumb & Dumber To.
In the meantime, what does this mean for the third Sonic movie? Paramount hasn’t formally admitted it but come on, I think we all figure there is going to be a teaser for Sonic 3 after Sonic 2 and that Shadow is going to show up in that teaser (it’s not a spoiler if it’s not a surprise). While Sonic and Tails are great, it’s Carrey’s personal spin on the mad Eggman that makes the films stand out. In many ways it’s a throwback to the original wacky roles that made him famous, before he started getting “serious” with The Truman Show and others.
In that sense, then, it’s fitting Robotnik is how he says goodbye.