Has Jim Carrey Flipped Out?

The film funnyman is trying to rebound from a career slump with a new thriller — and a new spiritual path. Joel Stein peeks into the eternal weirdness of Jim Carrey's mind

Giuliano Bekor for TIME

Jim Carrey, photographed in Los Angeles, January 2007

Jim Carrey is maybe two years from becoming a punch line. But he's cool with that. "Everyone gets to be the big joke for a year. That's this business," he says. "Last year it was Tom Cruise. I could be the next Kathie Lee Gifford. But you have to say to yourself, 'Wait a minute, dude, that's not you.'"

You see, Carrey has found spiritual enlightenment, and it's so awesomely awesome that he just has to tell you about it. For hours. Even if you didn't ask. In fact, he has to write a book about it. "It...

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