Carrey's book, How Roland Rolls, is the story of a wave who comes to understand that he is not alone to rise and crash, but rather part of the larger ocean. It's a reassuring metaphor and Roland is a fun character with a personality befitting his creator.
We had a chance to ask Carrey a few questions about his latest endeavor off the big screen, something he is clearly very passionate about:
Q: What made you want to write a picture book versus something for older kids?
JC: I wanted to be a part of that wonderful moment where parents read story books at night. When there's nothing else but you and the person you love most sharing a common experience. I also think that beautiful illustrations capture everyone's imagination. And at a very early age a silly little picture book can introduce kids to the fantasy world that worlds and thoughts create.
Q: How does the role of author compare to that of actor?
JC: Acting is a very communal art form. There is surprisingly little control over the final product. The role of author seems more direct to me. An opportunity to play writer, director, and ensemble all at once. It's also like playing the part of midwife to something that might never have been born without you. It's primitive in a narrative sense like telling a story around the campfire with love, levity and warm intent.
Q: You’ve said that story is “the way we order life, the way we’d like it to be” – if you could live out one story, what would it be and why?
JC: Crime and Punishment (joke). I would be Howard Roark and not Peter Keating in The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I've already lived out The Great Gatsby and still I beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Q: What do you most want the kids and parents who read Roland Rolls to take away from the story?
JC: What I want children and parents to take away most from How Roland Rolls is a knowledge of their larger self and a sense of safety for both knowing that as they turn off the lights and go to their own beds there will never really be any separation between them.