Jim Carrey On Why Tommy Lee Jones Really Hated Him While Filming Batman Forever
Posted 2017/10/05 2271 0
The funnyman thinks he's cracked the reason Tommy Lee Jones apparently hated him so much on Batman Forever.
Jones (Two-Face) and Carrey (The Riddler) played the villains in the 1995 Batman installment. It was not a pleasant experience for Jones, and he made it crystal clear to Carrey. On Norm MacDonald's podcast Norm MacDonald Live, Jim Carrey talked about how his co-star Tommy Lee Jones "hated" him, and told him so to his face while the 1995 movie was in production. Jones has not commented.
"I was at a restaurant and the maitre de said, 'Oh, I hear you're working with Tommy Lee Jones. He's over in the corner, having dinner.' And I went over and...and I said, 'Hey Tommy! How you doing?' like that," Carrey said. "And the blood just drained from his face, like he had been thinking about me 24 hours."
The situation came to a head in the middle of production, before the two had their "biggest scene together" on the Joel Schumacher film:
“It was before the biggest scene we have together in the movie. The blood just drained from his face. He started shaking and he got up and… he must have been in mid-kill-me fantasy or something.”
“He went to hug me and said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ I said, ‘Gee man, what’s the problem?’ I pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”
“He might have been uncomfortable doing that work, too,” Carrey continued. “That’s not really his style of stuff.”
Way back in October 2014, Carrey first revealed Jones’s contempt for him on The Howard Stern Show, sharing the same anecdote, but also adding, “I think what happened was, I was really looking forward to working with Tommy because he’s a fantastic actor and he still is to me. I mean he’s amazing, but he was a little crusty, he was a little crusty. … Sometimes that Rhodes Scholarship is more of a weapon than an asset. I think he was just a little freaked out because Dumb and Dumber came out on the same weekend as Cobb, and Cobb was his big swing for the fences and that didn’t work out and that freaked him out a bit I think.”
Hear Carrey's story about Jones at the 1:08:30 mark. And for more from Batman Forever, read Heat Vision's oral history from 2015, which explains how hesitant Jones was about taking the part.