How I Feel About “The Mask!”
That picture says it all: I love “The Mask”, the hilarious 1994 film starring Jim Carrey…here’s one reason:
You see, E! Host Michael Castner and I all saw the film with Carrey months before it opened around the world!
We were at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival – and I always documented our adventures as much as I could – some of the best times ever!
Welcome To Cannes!
The world’s most prestigious film festival takes place every May in the sleepy French Riviera town of Cannes France.
That year, Jim Carrey was at the festival to promote a new film he had, following the surprise box office success of “Ace Venutra: Pet Detective” a few months earlier – his new film wouldn’t open round the world for five more months – in fact, in three scenes the visual effects were still temporary – but since the entire world’s film press was there, so was he!
So that’s how Michael and I ended up on the beach in small plastic chairs interviewing the funniest man in the world – and we spoke to Cameron Diaz as well – it was her movie debut!
We have her first TV interview for the film – plus Michael and Jim’s walk along the French Riviera – here is the classic clip from our interview with the Comic genius:
This 1994 film was a smash hit, and turned the Comedian into the hottest star in the world!
The plot has a minimal setup: the meek and mild-mannered Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he finds a mysterious mask – and puts it on to wildly hilarious results.
Here’s the trailer for “The Mask”:
Here’s a fun fact about the movie: the iconic banana-yellow suit that Jim Carrey wears is based on a suit his mother made for him for his first attempt at stand-up comedy!
By the way, this was Cameron Diaz’s first acting role. She was also in Cannes and was very sweet when we met her as well.
Both of them were so young at the time: Jim Carrey was 31 and Cameron Diaz was 21 when they made the film.
It was all part of the terrific times we had going to Cannes every year – to see the official films in competition, and to interview all fo the stars who headed there to take advantage of the fact that the world’s press was all in one place!
That’s me on the left, watching Michael interview Arnold Schwarzenegger behind The Carlton Hotel:
If you want to know how this little press gathering went HORRIBLY OFF THE RAILS, click on my story here!
One of my favorite memories of Cannes was when we took Joan and Melissa Rivers there to shoot a Fashion Review!
They were two of the most fun people we ever took to the south fo France, and if you want to know how we shot on the dock of The Carlton Hotel, just click here:
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