However, Carrey would not have to wait long for big-screen success. In 1994 he starred in not one but three movies that turned out to be massive hits: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. Audiences – or most of them, anyway – loved his expressive slapstick style. And from there, the star enjoyed a series of box-office hits for the rest of the decade.
Then, in 1995 Carrey played supervillain the Riddler in Batman Forever as well as reprising his role as Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. And just a year later, he was picking up $20 million per film. What’s more, movies such as The Truman Show demonstrated his skills as a straight actor, proving that he was more than just a clown.
As the new millennium began, Carrey continued to do comedies, but he often pursued more “highbrow” work as well. And in 2004 he again received critical acclaim for the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The star’s low-key performance earned him several award nominations, too.