Jim Carrey Explains 'Batman Forever' Rivalry With Tommy Lee Jones
Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever was the beginning of the end for the '90s Batman movie franchise, as many fans did not embrace Schumacher's flamboyant adaptation of the character and his world.
It's been no secret that there was a vicious rivalry between Batman Forever co-stars Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones, who played villains Riddler and Two-Face (respectively). In a recent interview with THR, Carrey opened up and discussed what happened during production on Batman Forever, in a rare offering of his own perspective.
According to Carrey:
"I was the star and that was the problem. He's a phenomenal actor, though. I still love him....He might have been uncomfortable doing that work, too. That's not really his style of stuff."
Looking back now, it seems crazy that anyone thought that two actors like Jones and Carrey would work well together; Jones is known for his square-jawed, no-nonsense stoicism, while Carrey is pretty much known for the being the exact opposite of that. We're talking oil and water, here.
Carrey elaborated on the situation, sharing an anecdote about a moment when things came to a head between him and Jones, at a restaurant:
"The maitre said, "Oh, I hear you're working with Tommy Lee Jones. He's over in the corner having dinner.' I went over and I said, 'Hey Tommy, how are you doing?' and the blood just drained from his face. And he got up shaking — he must have been in mid kill me fantasy or something like that. And he went to hug me and he said, 'I hate you. I really don't like you.' And I said, 'What's the problem?' and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn't smart. And he said, 'I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'
That pretty much plays out like you'd expect a conversation between Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey would. Actors definitely don't always get along when working on set (to say the least...), and it's not like Batman Forever's biggest problem was that its villains didn't get along...
Carrey has been less friendly in the past when discussing the situation, as was the case in an interview with Howard Stern just a few years ago.0comments