It's a good thing, too, considering Yes Man has the onscreen lovebirds strapping on full body skate suits, racing through the streets on a moped and even got Carrey bungee jumping!
"I like to enjoy life and engage in life, so I'd say I'm a Yes Man," Carrey tells SheKnows. "I've said yes to so many things, from a sex change to gastric bypass surgery. It's always paid off for me."
Of course, he's joking about the surgeries. This is Jim Carrey, after all, and SheKnows knows to take much of what he says with a grain of salt. "It's so fun to work with Jim, because he's so fun," Deschanel adds. "I just used fun twice in a sentence. Nice job, Zooey! But yeah, it's contagious, the fun. It was always delightful."
"There's a lot to walk away with in this movie," he continues. "If there is a message, it's to engage in life. Say 'yes' more than you say 'no' and maybe more than you did before, and life turns out all right. Usually, you regret the things you say 'no' to."
"I'm always trying to complicate things, so at the last second, I had them make a Styrofoam phone, so it wouldn't hit my lip, and put it in my pocket," he recounts. "They said, 'You're not going to do the scene when you get to the bottom.' But I gave it a shot."
Carrey was right. The scene came out beautifully, but that doesn't mean he had any idea what he'd really signed on for in Yes Man.
"I thought, 'They do this all the time. It's no problem...' Then I got to the bridge," he cringes. "That was intense enough. Then when I got my feet up on the ledge, it literally was like a freight train going through my veins, though my entire body, the whole time until I jumped.
"It was insane. Unbelievable," he continues. "Did that, crossed it off the list, but I actually had post traumatic stress for about a week after. I dreamt of hitting the ground and all those things."
Still, Carrey doesn't point to the jump as his toughest task. That honor goes to having to speak flawless Korean - his character takes up the language.
"The Korean, I just picked that up on the set," Carrey quips. "I hung out with a couple Korean people and that was it. I just riffed...no, actually, it took about four weeks of every day studying it phonetically. It was one of the hardest things I've done in my life. Then, to have a Korean coach who is afraid to go back to Korea if I get it wrong! He's telling me, 'This is serious. I will be hurt.' So I hope I got it right. He was on me and it took awhile, but I'm dedicated."
"I'll decide I got to get out and do something, so I'll go on a motorcycle trips to Baja and hang out with my friends for like a month. Then they'll never see me for two or three months, and I won't answer any calls. It's a seesaw affect and I need both."
Since he gets his character, he has some advice for those who feel stuck in the same rut as Carl. "Eat a ton of sweets and take your life," he deadpans. "Can't say that? Okay, let's go with option two: I would say, 'Hang in there. Invite some people over.' The devil works for God. That's my concept. The bad times are supposed to force you into getting out of your shell and going out into the world."
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