Friday, September 15, 2006

Dumping an Agency Is Easy

Having not been paid $20 million in sum for all the jobs I've ever worked throughout my entire life (even before taxes), sure, I get bitter thinking that Jim Carrey makes $20 mil a movie for acting like a doofus improvising brilliant comedy of the highest order. The one thing that does strike me funny about him is that now that his star seems to be eclipsed, he's decided to dump his long-time agency, as, of course, they're the problem. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Hollywood star Jim Carrey has ditched the agency that launched his career over 10 years ago after a string of big-screen let-downs.

The actor has parted company with the United Talent Agency following a tough summer -- two big-budget films he was connected with, Used Guys and Ripley's Believe It or Not, were shut down after exceeding their $100 million-plus budgets.

No longer able to command $20 million per picture, Carrey's most recent signings have been for low-budget productions.

Carrey is not blaming the agency for the split. His publicist Marleah Leslie says, "Mr. Carrey has shared an enormous amount of success with UTA over the years for which he is truly grateful. It was a difficult decision to make, but he felt it was time to move on."

A spokesperson for UTA says, "With the possible exception of today, Jim Carrey is among the true geniuses of our generation. We wish him eternal sunshine."

I guess they can't really wish him a "spotless mind" can they?

But I do have to wonder--do they see his generation numbering maybe four, and the other three members are Rob Schneider, Adam Sandler and Carrot Top?

I hereby propose a ban on the word genius for a decade or two. At least until people look the word up.


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