Carrey (Bruce) will next be seen on screen in the
Universal Pictures’ comedy Bruce Almighty in which he stars
opposite Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman. In the film, scheduled
to be released on May 23rd, 2003, Carrey plays Bruce Nolan, a television
reporter in Buffalo, NY who is discontented with almost everything
in life, despite his popularity and the love of his girlfriend Grace
(Aniston). At the end of the worst day in his life, Bruce angrily
ridicules and rages against God—and God responds. He appears
in human form (Freeman) and, endowing Bruce with all of his Divine
powers, challenges Bruce to take on the big job and see if he can
do any better. The film reunites Carrey with director Tom Shadyac
(Ace Ventura: Pet Detective & Liar, Liar) and writer Steve Oedekerk
(Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls).
Carrey recently wrapped production on the Focus Features’
drama Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind opposite Kate Winslet.
In the film, Carrey stars as Joel, a man who is stunned to discover
that his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories
of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he
contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom
Wilkinson), to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But
as Joel's memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover
their earlier passion. From deep within the recesses of his brain,
Joel attempts to escape the procedure. As Dr. Mierzwiak and his
crew (Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood) chase him through
the maze of his memories, it's clear that Joel just can't get Clementine
out of his head. The film, written by Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation)
and directed by Michael Gondry (Human Nature) is scheduled for a
fall 2003 release.
Carrey will begin production this fall on the Paramount Pictures’
film Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events based
on the children’s book series by Daniel Hadler. In the film,
to be directed by Brad Silberling (Casper), Carrey will star as
the evil Count Olaf. It is tentatively scheduled for a release during
the 2004 holiday season. Carrey also recently signed on to make
his animated feature film debut in the DreamWorks computer animated
project Over The Hedge. In the film, Carrey will provide the voice
for a mischievous con artist raccoon named R.J., opposite co-star
Garry Shandling, who will voice a sensitive turtle named Verne.
The film follows the story of what happens to Verne and R.J. when
a suburban housing development encroaches on their home in the forest.
Based on a popular comic strip of the same name, the movie is tentatively
scheduled to be released in 2005.
Carrey was last seen on screen starring in the 2001 Castle Rock
feature The Majestic, directed by Frank Darabont. In 2000 Carrey
had the distinction of appearing in the year’s highest grossing
film; the Universal Pictures’ release How The Grinch Stole
Christmas. He was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of
“Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy”
for his portrayal of the Grinch, as well as a People’s Choice
Award in the category of Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy.
He also won an MTV Movie Award in the category of Best Villain for
In the summer of 2000, Carrey reunited with directors Peter and
Bobby Farrelly for the 20th Century Fox comedy Me, Myself And Irene,
for which he received an MTV Movie Award nomination in the category
of “Best Comedic Performance” for his portrayal of a
split personality in the film. He also won the Golden Globe in 2000
for “Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy”
for his portrayal of Andy Kaufman in the film Man On The Moon. He
had won a Golden Globe Award the previous year for “Best Actor
in a Motion Picture - Drama” for his role in the critically
acclaimed film The Truman Show. The 1999 Golden Globe win marked
Carrey’s first award for a dramatic role. He also received
a Golden Globe nomination in 1997 for “Best Actor in a Motion
Picture Musical or Comedy” for Liar, Liar, the same category
in which he was nominated in 1995 for The Mask. In 2000, he was
named “Male Star of the Year” at ShoWest.
Born January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Jim Carrey knew by
age three that show business was in his blood. At age 15, Carrey
took off for Toronto to perform at Yuk Yuks, the famous comedy club.
Following the performance, Carrey’s career took off and for
the next few years he worked in comedy clubs all over Canada. In
1981, at age 19, he packed his belongings and moved to Los Angeles.
Carrey immediately became a regular at Mitzi Shore’s Comedy
Store, attracting the attention of comedy legend Rodney Dangerfield.
Dangerfield was so impressed with the young comic that they began
touring together. It was then that things began to happen for Jim
1982 proved to be a magical year for Carrey when MTM cast him as
the star of their NBC series Duck Factory. Although the series only
lasted 13 weeks, Carrey’s work left a lasting impression in
Hollywood. The next year he landed the lead role in the feature
film Once Bitten, starring Lauren Hutton. He followed that film
with roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married,
and Geena Davis comedy Earth Girls Are Easy. In 1988, Carrey made
a brief, but memorable, appearance as Johnny Squares, the self-destructive
rock star in the Clint Eastwood film The Dead Pool.
In 1990, Carrey joined the cast of Fox Television’s ensemble
comedy hit In Living Color. In November of the following year, his
first Showtime Special, entitled Jim Carrey’s Unnatural Act,
premiered to rave reviews. He followed the special’s success
with a starring role as alcoholic trying to cope with life in Fox’s
Emmy nominated movie of the week Doing Time on Maple Drive.
In 1994, after several successful seasons on in Living Color, Carrey
once again branched out into feature films by accepting the lead
role in the Warner Bros. comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Carrey’s
no?holds?barred portrayal of Ace Ventura made him an instant sensation
and made the film a hit. Carrey followed that success in the summer
of 1994 by starring in the title role of the action?fantasy The
Mask, based on the best ?selling Dark Horse comic book series of
the same name. The Mask went on to gross in excess of $100 million
domestically, winning spectacular reviews for Carrey. Carrey starred
as the Riddler/ Edward Nygma in the 1995 blockbuster sequel Batman
Forever. The following year he went on to star in Ace Ventura: When
Nature Calls, continuing the misadventures of the world’s
favorite pet detective, and then starred in Columbia Pictures’
The Cable Guy. Universal Pictures hit Liar, Liar, which opened to
record-breaking numbers in 1997 earning over $100 million in ticket
grosses. His triumphant triple play earned him the honor of “NATO/ShoWest
Comedy Star of the Year.”
Born in Sherman Oaks, California and raised in New York City, Jennifer
Aniston (Grace) is
a versatile actress who was exposed to acting at an early age by
her father, John Aniston, who starred on NBC’s daytime drama
Days of Our Lives, and her godfather, the late Telly Savalas.
Aniston currently stars in the hit NBC ensemble comedy Friends,
along with Courteney Cox-Arquette, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry,
David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow, now entering its ninth season.
Her work as Rachel Green has earned her the Emmy Award for Lead
Actress in a Comedy, the 2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, two Emmy Award
nominations for Best Supporting Actress and three People’s
Choice Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as nominations
for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy,
Drama or Mini-series and for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best
Actress in a Comedy.
In addition to the massive success she has achieved on the small
screen, Aniston continues to branch out with very different roles
on the silver screen. Most recently, Aniston starred in Miguel Arteta’s
(Chuck & Buck) film The Good Girl, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal,
John C. Reilly and Zooey Deschanel, for which she was nominated
for an Independent Spirit Award. The film made its debut to rave
reviews at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and opened theatrically
in August to equally enthusiastic notices and great box office success,
and Rock Star, opposite Mark Wahlberg and directed by Stephen Herek.
Aniston’s film credits include: She’s The One opposite
director Ed Burns and Cameron Diaz; Picture Perfect opposite Kevin
Bacon and Olympia Dukakis, directed by Glenn Gordon Caron; ‘Til
There Was You, with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sarah Jessica Parker and
Dylan McDermott; and the critically praised The Object of My Affection
opposite Paul Rudd. Her other film credits include Office Space
and Dreams for an Insomniac. Following the completion of her work
in Bruce Almighty, Aniston immediately segued to a starring role
in an untitled comedy for Universal Pictures with Ben Stiller, directed
by John Hamburg.
Aniston, who is of Greek descent, spent a year of her childhood
living in Greece with her family, but relocated to New York when
her father landed a role on the daytime drama Love of Life. She
had her first taste of acting at age 11 when she joined the Rudolf
Steiner School’s drama club.
Her experience at the Rudolf Steiner School also helped Aniston
develop a passion for art. At age 11, one of Aniston’s paintings
was selected to be on display in an exhibit at New York’s
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
She began her professional training as a drama student at New York’s
High School of the Performing Arts. After graduating in 1987, Aniston
won roles in such Off-Broadway productions as For Dear Life at New
York’s Public Theater and Dancing on Checker’s Grave.
In 1989, she landed her first television role as a series regular
on Molloy. Aniston’s other television credits include series
regular roles on The Edge, as well as Ferris Bueller, a recurring
role on Herman’s Head and guest-starring roles on such series
as Quantum Leap and Burke’s Law.
Aniston currently resides in Los Angeles.
Morgan Freeman (God)
became known nationally when he created the popular character "Easy
Reader" on the highly praised public television children's
show, The Electric Company...but he was already known in New York
theatre circles for the critical body of work and characters he
had created there.
Freeman won the Drama Desk Award, the Clarence Derwent Award and
received a Tony Award nomination for his outstanding performance
in The Mighty Gents in 1978, and received more acclaim and an Obie
Award for his appearance as the Shakespearean anti-hero, Coriolanus,
at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
In 1984, Freeman won an additional Obie for his role as "The
Messenger" in the acclaimed Brooklyn Academy of Music production
of Lee Breuer's Gospel at Colonus. In 1985, he was awarded the Dramalogue
Award for the same role. Then the role of Hoke Coleburn in Alfred
Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy won him his
third Obie Award. His most recent stage appearance was as Petruchio
in The Taming of the Shrew at the New York Shakespeare Festival's
Delacorte Theatre, with Tracey Ullman.
Freeman's numerous television credits include NBC's The Atlanta
Child Murders with Cicely Tyson and CBS' The Execution of Raymond
His extensive feature film credits include Brubaker, Eyewitness,
Harry & Sons, Teachers, Marie, That Was Then, This Is Now, Street
Smart (for which he won the Los Angeles, New York and National Society
of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actor of 1987, and was
nominated for both Golden Globe and Academy Awards), Clean and Sober,
Johnny Handsome, Glory, Driving Miss Daisy (for which Freeman won
his second Academy Award nomination as well as a Golden Globe Award
and Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival in recreating
the role that he created on stage) and Chain Reaction.
The Shawshank Redemption, a story of hope based on the Stephen King
novel, won Freeman his third Academy Award nomination. He also starred
in Steven Spielberg's Amistad as abolitionist Theodore Jackson,
Paramount's adventure Hard Rain, as the President of the United
States in the box office hit Deep Impact and opposite Ashley Judd
in the highly successful thriller Kiss the Girls.
Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty, which saw Freeman performing with Chris
Rock and Renee Zellweger, was released to critical acclaim in 2000.
Freeman then reprised his Kiss the Girls role of Alex Cross in Along
Spider, which was a box office smash in the spring of 2001. Most
recently, Freeman again starred with Ashley Judd in Carl Franklin's
High Crimes; performed opposite Ben Affleck in the hit action thriller
The Sum of All Fears, based on the Tom Clancy novel; starred alongside
Billy Bob Thornton, Kirsten Dunst and Holly Hunter in the independent
film Levity, which was selected to open the 2003 Sundance Film Festival;
and performed in Dreamcatcher, also based on a work by Stephen King.
He next stars in The Big Bounce, a thriller based on a novel by
In 1993, Freeman made his feature directorial debut with Bopha!,
starring Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard, and soon after formed Revelations
Entertainment, a production company developing entertainment product
in all existing and emerging media that "enlightens, inspires
and glorifies the human experience."
Lisa Ann Walter (Debbie)
will next be seen in Bruce Almighty opposite Jim Carrey and Jennifer
Aniston. In the film Walter plays Aniston’s sister ‘Debbie.
Her on and off screen persona incorporates a fascinating and complex
mixture of engaging sex appeal, bold intelligence and edgy comedy.
If you think you know who she is and what she does, think again
-- she'll surprise you at every turn.
Lisa is a classically trained actress as well as a singer and comedian.
She initially made a name for herself as a wildly popular act on
the national comedy circuit. Lisa performed for Showtime at the
Apollo and brought down the house only to be followed with a performance
by Run DMC.
When Lisa did make the move to Hollywood, she arrived with a bang.
She was the star and creator of the ABC series, "Life’s
Work," which took a comic look at the life of Walter's character
- a frantically busy lawyer doing the 90's plate spinning act of
juggling job and family. She also received stellar reviews for her
portrayal of the senior producer of a cable news station in the
critically acclaimed drama “Breaking News” on Bravo.
Recently she starred opposite Emeril Lagasse on NBC’s comedy
“Emeril.” Lisa also guest starred on HBO’s “Curb
Your Enthusiasm” and was a frequent guest on Bill Maher’s
On the feature side Lisa was seen co-starring in Disney’s
The Parent Trap. In this remake of the original classic, Lisa appears
as the nanny to Dennis Quaid's daughter. Prior to that, Lisa played
Whoopi Goldbergs's tarty sidekick in the comedy Eddie. Lisa also
is proud of her work in an ensemble cast in Fox Searchlab’s
short film Farm Sluts.
Born in rural Pennsylvania and raised in suburban Washington DC,
Walter grew up in household immersed in both academics and dramatic
arts. She began singing and performing at and early age. After graduating
with a BFA in Acting from the Catholic University of America, Lisa
began performing in various theater productions. When Lisa moved
to New York, she began her comedy career by performing at amateur
night in a local comedy club. In her own inimitable, irreverent,
brawn style, Lisa made audiences roar with her perspectives on kids,
politics, social issues and sex.
Lisa enjoys gourmet cooking and Fat Burger, reading historical biographies,
Beach Bodice Rippers, Beethoven, the blues and dancing. When she
grows up she wants to be Madonna - in the ‘Like a Virgin’
era. No doubt, Lisa Ann Walter's powerful and unique presence will
make an enduring mark in the world of entertainment for years to
Lisa Ann Walter currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.
Philip Baker Hall (Jack Keller)
is one of America’s most distinguished and prolific character
actors. In recent years, Hall has been a mainstay in Paul Thomas
Anderson’s films, toplining the director’s first feature,
Hard Eight, and then acting in the ensembles of Boogie Nights and
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Hall graduated from the University of Toledo
and embarked on an acting career which has now spanned more than
30 years. His numerous features since the early 1970s have included
Midnight Run, Say Anything, Ghostbusters II, Eye for an Eye, Air
Force One, The Truman Show, Rush Hour, Psycho, The Cradle Will Rock,
The Insider, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Rules of Engagement, The Contender
(which brought him a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award),
Lost Souls, The Sum of All Fears, Dogville and Die Mommie Die, which
recently premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
Hall has also appeared in many television movies and mini-series,
among them Kill Me If You Can, The Bastard, Roswell, Witness to
the Mob, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (as Aristotle Onassis) and
Path to War. He has guest starred on such shows as M*A*S*H, Miami
Vice, Cheers, Chicago Hope, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and recurring
roles on Family Ties, Seinfeld, The Practice and Millennium.
Catherine Bell (Susan Ortega) stars
on television’s popular JAG as Major Sarah “Mac”
MacKenzie. Born in London, Bell moved to California with her Iranian
mother at the age of 2. As a child, she acted in various TV commercials,
and later became a model in Japan. Returning to the U.S., Bell’s
potent combination of beauty and brains soon won her roles in both
features and television. Previous to winning her star-making role
on JAG, Bell appeared in the telefilms Mother of the Bride, Alien
Nation: Body and Soul, Cab to Canada and The Time Shifters, as well
as guest spots on the series Dream On, Friends, The Naked Truth,
Hot Line and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
Steve Carell (Evan Baxter)
has become widely known for his witty brand of reportage as one
of the correspondents on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is
currently starring as a series regular on the NBC comedy series
Previously, Carell was both a writer and performer on The Dana Carvey
Show and an actor on Over the Top. He also provides the voice of
Gary on Saturday Night Live’s animated short films, The Ambiguously
Nora Dunn (Ally Loman) has
become one of America’s most accomplished on-screen players
since her five-year tenure on Saturday Night Live from 1985-90.
In addition to starring in a second series, Sisters, Dunn has been
seen in such features as Working Girl, Miami Blues, Passion Fish,
Born Yesterday, I Love Trouble, The Last Supper, Bulworth, What
Planet Are You From?, Heartbreakers, What’s the Worst That
Could Happen? and The Hebrew Hammer.
Sally Kirkland (Waitress)
garnered the 1987 Golden Globe Award for Best Dramatic Actress and
received an Academy Award nomination in the same category for her
performance in Anna. She also won the Independent Spirit Award for
Kirkland’s remarkable career as an actress has incorporated
a wide range of roles on stage, screen and television. On stage,
she has performed in more than 80 plays, including her critically
acclaimed performance in the Los Angeles premiere of Sam Shepard’s
Curse of the Starving Class. She starred in Vaclav Havel’s
Obie Award-winning Largo Desolato for Joseph Papp’s Public
Theatre in New York, and repeated her performance on KCTV. Off-Broadway,
Kirkland appeared in The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
Women Beware of Women and Terrence McNally’s Sweet Eros and
Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone. She was the leading actress in the
legendary La Mama Troupe under director Tom O’Horgan, and
starred in 12 plays there, including Tom Paine and the stage and
filmed versions of Futz.
Kirkland’s numerous features have included The Sting, The
Way We Were, A Star is Born, Bite the Bullet, Cinderella Liberty,
JFK, Best of the Best, Revenge, Excess Baggage, Ed TV, Wilbur Falls,
Wasteland, Wish You Were Dead and Norma Jean, Jack & Me. Kirkland
was both producer and star of Cheatin’ Hearts, Forever, Flexing
With Monty and Amnesia.
On television, Kirkland has enjoyed recurring roles in Felicity,
Days of Our Lives, Roseanne and Valley of the Dolls, as well as
guest starring on such series as The Hunger, Good Behavior, The
Nanny and Wasteland. She’s appeared in such network and cable
movies as Heatwave, The Women Who Loved Elvis, Double Jeopardy,
Song of Songs, Brave New World and Another Woman’s Husband.
Kirkland also starred in one episode and directed one more of the
Showtime series Women: Stories of Passion.
Kirkland is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio and a former
faculty member of the Lee Strasberg Theatre. She is an ordained
minister in the Church of The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness,
and has received many humanitarian awards for her charitable and