“Some people have started to make the comparison between the ‘goofy’ Jim Carrey role and the ‘serious’ Jim Carrey role,” IGN told Carrey that year. And he seemed to agree. “It’s a Jekyll and Hyde situation,” Carrey replied. “[The roles] just come as they come.” But he did seem to be putting his days of slapstick behind him somewhat. In 2007 he went on to star in the psychological thriller The Number 23, not his usual fare at all.
Unfortunately, The Number 23 was far from a hit. Carrey bounced back in 2008 with the comedy Yes Man, however, which was a big financial success. More comedies followed, as well as children’s movies: A Christmas Carol, Mr Popper’s Penguins, Dumb and Dumber To. But although the box-office takings were impressive, the reviews were becoming more and more mixed.