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Carrey returns to comic roots with penguin movie

Carrey returns to comic roots with penguin movie
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Jim Carrey stars alongside a bunch of feathered friends in his new film Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

The film is based on a 1938 kids book that tells the story of a New York businessman who inherits six penguins.

The 49-year-old actor, who has preferred more serious dramatic roles in recent years, said he was intially reluctant to take the part.

“Yeah, when I was doing it, and even when I chose it, there were people in my camp who where saying, ‘You really want to do a penguin movie? You know, penguin movie, children’s movie kind of thing?’ It’s like, ‘You want that rock-and-roll edge in your life? And is that really to code?’ But, I just went with the instinct of I love frickin’ penguins,” said Carrey.

Filmed on a refrigerated soundstage with real Gentoo penguins, Mr. Popper’s Penguins also stars Angela Lansbury, who played detective Jessica Fletcher in the long-running crime series Murder She Wrote.

Mr Popper’s Penguins will be in cinemas across Europe from the end of July.