Jim Carrey hearts Emma Stone (and other Hollywood love letters)
Seen the video yet?
Jim Carrey launched his new website by posting this strange video love letter to actress Emma Stone. She’s the young star of the recent films ‘EASY A’, ‘CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE’, and ‘ZOMBIELAND’, while Carrey starred in ‘ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE’ back in 1994.
The video’s particularly interesting because Jim Carrey is a 49-year-old grandfather, while Emma Stone is a tender 22.
Actually, I have no idea if she is tender...but Carrey sure thinks so. In his awkward declaration of love, he broaches the possibility of marriage, sex, and making “chubby little freckle-face kids” with her. It feels sort of like a cross between Carrey's character in 'THE TRUMAN SHOW' and stumbling across your creepy uncle while playing Chatroulette.
While watching the video, I had the following thoughts:
1) The camera’s close to his face, so we can’t tell if he’s wearing pants. Conclusion: he’s not wearing pants.
2) It seems like he's never met Stone before. Conclusion: Carrey is (A) such a sheltered celebrity, he’s utterly clueless about how to talk to women, and (B) he’s wading into celebrity-video-kook turf owned by Mr. Sheen. Prediction: expect to see a furious retort from Charlie.
3) Carrey is arguably a comedian, so at first I thought the video could be a publicity stunt for his video blog. But unfortunately ...
4) Like every film he's made in the last decade, this video isn’t the least bit funny. It feels totally serious. Conclusion: this is a genuine declaration of love to a woman he has never met.
5) Considering that so many aging male Hollywood stars date mega-young starlets, Stone seems a little old for Carrey.
This love letter also reminded me of other famous Hollywood love letters.
I don’t mean celebrity videos. Rather, I’m thinking of some of my favourite films that look like love letters to places they love and cherish. For example:
Love interest: the Sahara Desert
This epic love story opens with a shot of a plane flying over the Sahara desert. In the script, the desert is described as an “ocean of dunes for mile after mile. The late sun turns the sand every color from crimson to black. An old AEROPLANE is flying over the Sahara. Its shadow swims over the contours of sand.”
When I saw this scene in the theatre, I thought (A) the rolling dunes look like warm human skin, (B) I immediately vowed to visit the Sahara desert, as it looked like one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Love interest: see above
This film is Woody Allen’s affectionate ode to his home and birthplace. Allen’s script for ‘MANHATTAN’ opens with his author character writing about his love of New York. It begins with him writing, "Chapter one. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion." And the rest of the film’s gorgeous cinematography repeatedly demonstrates that love. More than any other, this film made me want to move to New York, bang out a book, and fall deeply in love with a sweet young New Yorker.
Love interest: Los Angeles
In this shaggy detective comedy, the Coen brothers have planted their reluctant detective, The Dude, in sun-bleached L.A. in the early ‘90s. The moments that made me want to move to Los Angeles were:
(A) The Dude’s Bungalow in Venice
This is where The Dude lives and this is where I want to live…because every writer/detective needs to operate out of a bohemian 1-bedroom bungalow that’s just a short stumble up from the beach.
(B) Jackie Treehorn’s Malibu Beach Party
In this scene, we see a beautiful woman being blanket-tossed up in the air. I wanted to move here because it seems the party never stops in Malibu, provided you can afford a multi-million-dollar beachfront mansion.
(C) Donny’s Ashes at Point Dume State Beach
In the film’s penultimate scene, The Dude and Walter drive to a high, windy Malibu bluff overlooking the glittering Pacific Ocean below. They take their friend’s ashes out of a Folger’s can. Walter says a few emotional words about how Donny loved to surf this coast, then he hurls his ashes off the cliff -- and the wind blows them back into The Dude’s face. The scene is sad, funny, and incredibly inspiring. Who wouldn’t want to live near a surfing spot so beautiful, that you’d want to leave your friend there for eternity?
Jim Carrey aside, what are your favourite Hollywood love letters? And have they inspired you to move to a beautiful city (e.g. Paris in the sparkling film AMELIE) or country (Italy in the sumptuous UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN)?
-- Ken Hegan
Read all of Ken’s Tripified travel posts here
Carrey still from jimcarreytrulife.com
Sahara photo by Eye Ubiquitous / Rex Features
Manhattan photo by Natalia Bratslavsky
Venice photo courtesy California Travel and Tourism Commission