Showing posts with label Jim Carrey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jim Carrey. Show all posts

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Connection between John le Carre' and Jim Carrey

In honour of J day... just kiddin. There's no such thing. However, if someone asked me to choose two celebrities with the initial J and to say something not commonly known about them, I'd pick Jim Carrey and John le Carre. True, both men have the initials of JC. But that's not what's interesting about them. 

Anybody watch The Dead Pool last night on television? It's a 1988 movie starring Clint Eastwood, Liam Nielson and ... (drum roll) the very young and dyamic Jim Carrey in his first non-comedic role.

Carrey's performance is outstanding, yet he's probably on screen less than 6 minutes as rock singer Johnny Squares. No mistaking just how talented this man is, even back then. I'm sure I saw The Dead Pool when it first came out, but didn't recognize Carrey because he wasn't the huge star he is today.

Warning: video isn't for the faint of heart...

FYI, Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario 1962. The family's original surname was Carre'.

Yes, and that brings me to my second J... (drum roll, please)... John le Carré, whose real name is David John Moore Cornwell. (born 19 October 1931).

I love the irony of it. Jim Carrey's family for whatever reasons changed their name from Carre' to Carrey, and John Cornwell chose John le Carre' as his penname. 

And now I bet you're dying to know why I connected the two. Eh! 

I was discussing Carre's work with a friend yesterday, which lead me to search for one of his many novels I have onhand. The one I chose was The Russia House. Between editing my WIP and critiquing a manuscript for a friend, I reread chapter one. 

Wonderful story. But guess what? I randomly picked page 20 and counted 8 sentences beginning with And, 6 adverbs, 2 likely, 1 just, 1 very, and more gerunds than I could count. 

If you're not a fan of either Carre' then you're probably thinking ahha! 

Yes, times have changed and those of us eliminating the many And, But, Likely, Just etc from our manuscript understand why we're doing it. 

You understand, eh?

Have a great day.
ps. Someone asked me why. For me it's because I'm not John le Carre', and until I become John la Carre' I'll be eliminating all those excess words so my meager prose are as tight as they can be. Thanks for asking. 

Friday, March 26, 2010