The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Jim Carrey Says Magicians Are "Arrogant"

Jim Carrey certainly lost himself in the role of Steve Gray in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The funnyman portrays a Criss Angel-like Las Vegas magician who causes all sorts of problems for Sin CIty’s premier magic act led by Steve Carell as the title character. Although some may find a parallel between illusionists and actors, the superstar told us he sees something quite different when we visited with the actor in Las Vegas. “I think magicians are a lot more arrogant,” Carrey said.

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Perhaps his attitude towards the men and women of magic dates back to his childhood. “I was always fascinated by it growing up. They’re kind of like, ‘Abracadabra, you’re an idiot!'” Carrey said and laughed. “They don’t let you in on the joke. Comedians are in on the joke, unless you’re Andy Kaufman.”

Carrey was drawn to his upstart magician character on many levels. “My character’s one of those guys who would mess his hair up for three hours to look like he doesn’t care,” he said. 

Steve Gray is taking the Vegas Strip by storm with his “stunt” magic tricks such as holding his urine for 12 days or sleeping on a bed of hot coals, as seen in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone trailer. His goal is to take the crown that Carell and his partner Anton — played by Steve Buscemi — currently own as Vegas’ top magic act. “He really wants what they have. He’s coming at them trying to undermine their confidence and disrupt their lives. He’s pointing at them like they’ve been corrupted, yet he is totally the corrupt one.”

One of the great scenes featuring Carrey in the film showcases him literally playing with fire on Freemont Street in Sin City… something his character calls “brain raping.”

“It was kind of normal for me,” Carrey said and laughed. “I felt totally at home out there. I like being on the street in Vegas. I have trouble in the room.” 

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Star Jim Carrey

Seems the actor, after years of performing in the city as a stand-up comic and now back as a Hollywood superstar, has a firm opinion about the rooms in Vegas hotels. “Nobody puts a window in that you can crack. I just get dryer and dryer. By day three, I’m beef jerky,” Carrey said.

He then shared a dream he had just the night before — all caused by those pesky Vegas hotel rooms!

“I have crazy dreams here. Last night I had a dream that I had been shrunk down to the size of an insect and I was swallowed by a hungry giant. I went though his esophagus and into his stomach, and I was burned by his juices. By the time I got to the lower intestines, I wasn’t anything that I could recognize. Then I woke up at the cashier at Bally’s begging for another line of credit. I don’t know if it was the Ambien or I have a gambling problem,” Carrey said. “If you could give me $500, I swear I’m good for it. Seriously.”

Part of the reason Carrey is where he is today is the time he spent toiling as a comic in Las Vegas. Of particular importance to him was opening for comedy legend Rodney Dangerfield. “I brought my dad down to see the show. To see your name up on that big sign is such a thrill. ‘Wow, I’ve really made it,'” he said and smiled broadly.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone chronicles how high success can be, and in terms of what the title character goes through, it also comedically shows the lows as well. Carrey completely relates to the vocational ride that is show business.

“It’s a rollercoaster for sure. There are so many highs. I find myself working with guys like Steve Carell. There’s moments in your life where you go, ‘I can’t believe how insanely lucky I am.’ And then you can turn around and the next moment you can feel so completely caught up in your own wanting and desiring and needing and feeling like you’re missing something,” Carrey said. 

“The higher the high, the lower the low.”

Jim Carrey Stars in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Another joy in making the movie was Carrey was able to finally share his art with the world. His character sports some crazy tattoos, all from his wildly creative mind. “I created the tattoos and the insignia with the rabbit with the skull,” Carrey proudly said. “My makeup artist, Academy Award-winning Billy Corso helped me bring it to life and refine it. That was thrilling — the first time any of my art has crept into a film. It’s amazing all these little touches you have to do to be a completely different person.”

The man had to get into sick shape as this The Incredible Burt Wonderstone U.K. trailer shows, and it was the first time he had to take off his shirt onscreen.

“I’ve just never taken my shirt off in a movie before. It was good to finally do that. Figured that was Matthew McConaughey’s thing and I was just going to leave him to it,” Carrey said. “It’s not a natural place to live in that kind of shape. It looks great. It’s fantastic. It gets a lot of attention, but you have to eat like antimatter to stay in that kind of shape. It’s not a happy place to live. I’m back now. I got Mr. Cuddly back (points to his gut).”

Olympus Has Fallen Featurette: Open the Gates of Hell

Hear from the director and cast of Olympus Has Fallen in this new behind-the-scenes featurette:

Aaron Eckhart stars as the President of the United States, who is captured in a terrorist takeover of the White House. Gerard Butler plays a former-Secret Service agent demoted to desk duty, who becomes the only hope to save the President.

Morgan Freeman (who played Lucius Fox in the Christopher Nolan Batman movies), Angela Bassett, Dylan McDermott (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Melissa Leo, Rick Yune, and Ashley Judd also star.

Antoine Fuqua directs the film, which will premiere March 22. Watch the Olympus Has Fallen TV spot for another look.

Oblivion Featurette: What Have You Done?

All the Morgan Freeman movies are getting the featurette treatment today. The Olympus Has Fallen featurette dropped this morning, and now we have one for Oblivion. Take a look:

Tom Cruise stars as Commander Jack Harper, a drone repairman on an abandoned Earth following an alien war that devastated the planet. When he meets a young woman, played by Olga Kurylenko, near the end of his mission, everything he knew about the war is put into question.

Freeman plays a resistance leader, with Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, and Zoe Bell (Django Unchained) also starring.

Oblivion is directed by Joseph Kosinski, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Catch it in theaters April 12.

The Lone Ranger Gets an International Trailer

Check out the International trailer for The Lone Ranger. It’s mostly in Japanese, though there are some new scenes:

Armie Hammer stars as John Reid, a Texas Ranger left for dead in the desert. When a Native Spirit Warrior named Tonto, played by Johnny Depp, finds him, he resurrects himself into a legend of justice.

William Fichter, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, Mason Cook, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter (Les Miserables), and James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3) also star.

Gore Verbinski directs the film, which premieres July 3. Check out some Lone Ranger posters for more.

The Rover Gets its First Still: Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson Get Hostile

The first still from the new film The Rover has dropped over at EW, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. Take a look:

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Pearce (Iron Man 3) stars as Eric, a man in the dangerous near-future Australian Outback, whose only prized possession is stolen by a gang. On his journey to find them, he meets Pattinson’s Reynolds, a gang-member who was left behind.

Scoot McNairy, Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones, and David Field also star. David Michod wrote the script and directs.

The Rover will premiere later this year.