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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Blame It On the Weather

Jim Carrey just couldn't stop smiling when he came back to his hometown of Toronto, Canada, to get a star on the city's Walk of Fame. And he told us how growing up there influenced him, saying, "Thoughtful people come out of places where the skies are gray a lot."

The comedy superstar wasn’t joking; he owes a lot of his insights as an actor to Toronto’s bad weather. "That's what it did for me," he insisted. "I spent a lot of time inside trying to figure out the universe."

In his next movie, "Lemony Snickett: A Series of Unfortunate Events," Carrey plays an evil uncle, but Jim says he owes a lot to his own family, who surrounded him at the unveiling: "My family, we have an absolute blast when we get together. We sing songs, act crazy, wait for cars to come out on the street, putting hoods on our heads and running out of the woods at them."

From "Ace Ventura" to "Dumb & Dumber" and "Bruce Almighty," Carrey has mined box-office gold for more than a decade, but he revealed something surprising: "I've gone through years of having an inferiority complex about things like this."

Carrey told us that even after all his success, it took him a long time to feel appreciated. But there's certainly no doubt how his hometown feels about him: Toronto loves their boy made good.

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