Even with the box-office and critical success of March of the Penguins and Happy Feet, the Jim Carrey camp wasn’t exactly thrilled when the 49-year-old chose Mr. Popper’s Penguins as his latest vehicle. According to a recent interview with the Yes Man actor, those closest to him were saying “no” when he wanted to be involved with Popper’s, which arrived in theaters this weekend.
“Yeah, when I was doing it, and even when I chose it, there were people in my camp who were saying, ‘You really want to do a penguin movie? You know, a PENGUIN movie, children’s movie kind of thing?,’” Carrey told the Associated Press. “It’s like, ‘You want that rock-and-roll edge in your life? And is that really to code?’ But I just went with the instinct of, ‘I love frickin’ penguins.’”
The live-action adaptation of the children’s book of the same name tells the story of a divorced man who unexpectedly inherits a family of penguins from his deceased father. Ben Stiller was originally cast in Carrey’s role but dropped out before filming began last fall.
“I really believe that people are as limited as they believe they are, and that they just have to have the nerve enough to say, ‘Yeah, I know you told me I’m not supposed to do this, but I’m going to do it and see what happens,’” Carrey said. “You know, I’ve gone so far out this way and so far out this way that sometimes it’s when I do a film like (Popper’s), they kind of meet in the middle, and I get the best of both worlds.”