Jim Carrey is one of the most successful actors of all time. His films have taken in close to $2 billon in the U.S. alone.
On The Early Show's Home Theater segment, entertainment contributor and People Magazine Senior Editor Jess Cagle says Carrey's "Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events" is being released on DVD.
The film, Cagle observes, gave Carrey his latest tour de force performance, and it certainly paid off. It was his ninth film to cross the blockbuster .
Based on the first three novels in the highly successful "Lemony Snicket" series, "A Series of Unfortunate Events" follows the misadventures of the Baudelaire children: Violet, the inventor; Klaus, the scholar, and Sunny, the biter.
After their parents die in a mysterious fire, they are left in the care of Count Olaf, a distant relative played by Carrey. The evil Olaf plots to kill the children and steal their family fortune.
The film also stars Meryl Streep, who helped set the right tone for Carrey, who told Cagle, "When I get there, I'm going to have a great time. I'm going to walk on the set and say, 'Hey humans, how ya doin'? Let's have fun. Let's play in the sandbox.' When I watched Meryl Streep work on 'Lemony Snicket,' it was such a blast, man. …These people with such experience behind them, and they still play."
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning for best makeup.
After 20 years making films, Carrey says it's still the people behind the scenes who impress him: "I get excited about everyone's work in this kind of situation, because you come on this set and realize nothing is possible without the people that build this stuff. It's always amazing to me. It's just never been any different. I just go on to the set and go, 'Wow.'"
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