A portrait of Jim Carrey as a committed, serious visual artist. Anchored to a street-level studio space in New York City. It’s anything but standard Hollywood summer fare.
Carrey is not going for formulaic laughs; I Need Color runs just over six minutes; and the film, very dynamically, captures the actor’s fulfillment of some additional artistic impulses he has been exploring since childhood.
When Carrey says the following about painting in the film, he stands at the opposite end of all those trailer spots where he waited for the next film scene to be prepped. He’s been there, done that. “I like the independence of it. I love the freedom of it. No one else tells you what you can or can’t do, most of the time. And there’s an immediacy to it.”
Carrey did a lot of sketching as a kid, but it is only when he was dealing with some personal turmol in 2011 that he finally picked up the paint brushes. As some viewers of I Need Color have noted, he has the benefit of an unlimited budget. But beyond that, he is just another artist, finding himself through some spectacular expression.
There’s some evocative use of music here as well. Made by the actor’s production company Some Kind of Garden and posted to Vimeo two weeks ago, the short has been viewed at press time around 1.5 million times. I Need Color is just now really starting to take off on social media.
I Need Color also sits at the diametrical opposite end of how Brad Pitt’s work with friend and sculptor Thomas Houseago in Los Angeles was covered in the media this spring.