Did you know that Jim Carrey is a big metal fan? You might, if you pay attention to his films and certain interviews he gives.
Remember that scene in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective where Ace finds himself at a metal show, and sticks out like a sore thumb? That band is the one and only Cannibal Corpse, performing their classic Hammer Smashed Face.
Fun fact: there’s a deleted scene where Jim Carrey actually gets up on stage with the band!
Cannibal Corpse did reveal in an interview that they almost weren’t a part of the production:
I remember we turned it down at first because we had a European tour lined up during the time they wanted us down in Florida to shoot our scene. We’d had the tour lined up for months, and we’re not the kind of band that goes back on deals that we make, so we had to decline. But a few days went by and we got another call saying, “Jim Carrey really wants you guys. They’re gonna rearrange their schedule to accommodate you.” That just blew us away, because this is a major movie production, you know? I mean, Jim wanted us that bad. So of course we agreed to do it. We were just kids from Buffalo, so it was very exciting for us to be wanted in that way.
And contrary to other reports that said otherwise, he IS a big fan of the band:
They took us over to the [actors’] trailers, and Jim comes over to us wearing his Ace Ventura garb, going, “Oh my god! Cannibal Corpse! It’s so great to have you guys here!” Then he starts rattling off lyrics and tells us he wants us to play “Hammer Smashed Face.” It was insane. [..] I remember he also rattled off the lyrics to “Rancid Amputation,” which was on our previous album. So he knew what was going on. It was so surreal—we were freaking out because we’re on a movie set meeting Jim Carrey, and he’s freaking out because he’s meeting Cannibal Corpse.
Even before Ace Ventura: Pet Detective hit theatres in 1994, Carrey had already been talking about his love of metal in public for a while. As you’ll see in this clip from the Arsenio Hall Show from 1992, even then his passion was unmistakable:
Sounds like Jim Carrey would actually make a half-decent metal frontman… But it can be kind of hard to tell with no backing music. Thankfully, a guitarist by the name of Chris Feener has put together a mashup of his metal composition written specifically to go under Carrey’s voice in this clip. It’s magical.
Then again, just about anything is better as a metal remix!
More evidence of this fact: