Jim Carrey has fully transitioned from pet detective to murder investigator in the upcoming True Crimes.
Jim Carrey got his big break with comedies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, but he’s done some excellent work in dramas as well – The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind being prime examples. So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised when Carrey takes on a project like True Crimes, inspired by a real-life murder investigation. But it’s hard not to feel a little shocked by the film’s first photos, which present Carrey as a bearded, slightly-haunted police detective hunting a killer-turned-novelist.
True Crimes is based on a 2003 Polish cold case investigation which took a surprisingly literary turn. Carrey plays a detective who realizes a brutally violent crime scene bears uncanny resemblances to a new fiction novel. The real-world case generated a kind of postmodern debate: Were the police basing the investigation on empircal facts, or constructing a false narrative of their own to catch a suspect?
Even when taking his dramatic roles into account, this is a far more serious role than you’d expect for Carrey. Even so, he absolutely looks the part of a focused detective looking for a break in his case. The visual style is also reminiscent of shows like True Detective which transformed actors like Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey into surprising dramatic presences. If True Crimes can do the same for Carrey, it might just be worth keeping an eye on.
True Crimes is expected to reach theaters in 2016.