Q and A With… Jim Carrey

The ultimate Yes Man talks about love, life and the best thing to do when you're romantically down in the dumps.

In Yes Man, your character starts saying yes to everything in his life and ends up with the girl of his dreams. When you look back at your own life, have you been mostly a yes man or a no man over the years?

I would say yes, even when I say no. Because sometimes saying no is saying yes to your own self-worth. Do you know what I'm saying? I like to enjoy life, I like to engage in life, so I would say I'm a yes man. I said yes to so many things, from a sex change to gastric-bypass surgery. So, it's always paid off for me. I've kept the weight off. I work hard at it!

What do you want singles to walk away with after they see this movie?

Mostly just to have a good laugh. And to feel good in their heart. I think it's not only a funny movie, but I think you really believe the love story and the friendships, so there's a lot to walk away with. But I guess if there is a message, it's just to engage in life. You know—say yes to more than you do now, maybe a little bit more than you did before, and life kind of turns out all right. Usually you regret the things you say no to!

Your character gets very into doing spontaneous, romantic things. What's the most spontaneous, romantic thing you have done with a love interest?

Everything I do is carefully planned—and done by committee!

Did your girlfriend, actress Jenny McCarthy, love the film?

She did; she thought it was great! She has good taste.

What was it like to work with your costar, Zooey Deschanel?

It was nice and fun, because she's kind of a different tone than me, so it was great, and our characters really worked well off each other. Also, I think you really believe in the relationship; when the characters have that moment, you really can see why they love each other.

At the beginning, your character is really at a point where he says no to everything, due to his romantic failure and everything else he feels complacent about. Why do you think he gets to that point? And if you were to give advice to someone who was at that point — romantically down in the dumps — what would you tell that person to do?

I would say hang in there, invite some people over and… I don't know, I think the devil works for God. That's my concept. The bad times are supposed to force you into actually getting out of your shell and going out into the world, and making friendships, and having love and being my character in every way. You know, he's been through some hell. But he got to that place, so I guess those times in your life force you to become a better person.

Later, you grab Zooey and impulsively kiss her. Have you ever done that?

I've never grabbed a guy and told him that I have to have him. Except on camera!

Contributing entertainment editor Susan L. Hornik is based in Los Angeles.
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