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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Jim Carrey debunks iguana myth

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey once read a rumour that he required a special cook for his pet iguana.

The actor is known for playing eccentric characters in films such as Dumb & Dumber and The Mask.

As one of the biggest names in Hollywood the 51-year-old has to put up with a great deal of gossip, including some rather unusual claims about supposed on-set requirements.

“The craziest rumour I ever heard about me was that I had an iguana and in the rider to my contract on every film, I would insist on a special clause saying the production had to hire a separate chef... for the iguana,” he laughed to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I did have the iguana... I didn’t specifically ask for the chef.”

Jim’s next venture is as a magician in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

The actor stars alongside Steve Carell in the comedy about a conjuror who is overshadowed by another act and forced to stage a comeback.

For his role Jim has to sport a six pack, which meant a lot of working out at the gym and eating healthily – something which didn’t come naturally to him.

“I’ve never taken off my shirt in a movie before. I figured that was Matthew McConaughey’s thing,” he joked.

“Now I’m doing it, and the diet required to do it is not a natural place to live in. It’s also not natural to live in that kind of shape. Sure, it looks great on screen. It’s fantastic and it gets you a lot of attention. But the truth is you have to eat anti-matter to be in that shape, and that’s not a happy place to be in.”

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