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Jim Carrey on Lipton's Inside the Actors Studio

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 7, 2011 at 6:59AM

Jim Carrey will at last appear on James Lipton's Bravo series Inside the Actors Studio on January 10. After seeing Carrey on TV's In Living Color, Lipton became a huge fan: "His was one of the first invitations I ever sent out,” he said.
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Jim Carrey will at last appear on James Lipton's Bravo series Inside the Actors Studio on January 10. After seeing Carrey on TV's In Living Color, Lipton became a huge fan: "His was one of the first invitations I ever sent out,” he said.

But it took 17 years to get the response he was hoping for: "Jim’s extremely shy. It was a marathon getting him on. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to do it — he just didn’t have the courage.” He finally accepted when Lipton ran into him and fellow Actors Studio guest Bradley Cooper on the set of the film Mr. Popper’s Penguins. "I specialize in shy!" Lipton told him.

Carrey is battling for a comeback. His gay comedy I Love You Philip Morris nabbed a surprise Writers Guild nomination, and Carrey hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend. Watch for good ratings: audiences love Carrey in funny man mode.

Here's EW's exclusive Inside the Actors Studio clip.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.