JIM CARREY On Being Exposed To PANTERA's Music For First Time: 'I Had Never Heard Anything Like It'

April 14, 2022

In a recent interview with Kevin McCarthy, a film critic and entertainment reporter for Washington D.C.'s Fox 5, actor and comedian Jim Carrey, who has been on the press junket for the second "Sonic The Hedgehog" film, reflected on the first time he was exposed to the music of the legendary heavy metal band PANTERA. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "The first time I ever heard PANTERA, I was driving down to San Diego to do a concert at a theater and to check in to a hotel. And me and my manager, Jim Miller at the time, we put PANTERA on. And I had never heard anything like it. And it hit me on such a level of, like, extreme stimulation that I just started laughing uncontrollably for the entire track. Just like nervously laughing, like, 'What is happening right now?' And then we went to check in to the hotel, and the guys behind us in the line checking in to the hotel were PANTERA. We turned around and we went, like, 'Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?' This is too weird, man."

Carrey also talked about the artists that he likes to listen to when he is at home. He said: "When I get up in the morning, my musical taste is so all over the spectrum, it's crazy. I can go [jazz pianist] Count Basie one day, I can go rap another day and then I can go… Most mornings I'll wake up and grab my coffee, sit on the back porch and listen to Gregorian chants. Because it brings the birds to life, it brings the whole world to life, and suddenly I feel like I'm not just in the body but I'm the whole yard. And if I get into a certain mood, if I need to get chaotic or crazy sometimes, something like a PANTERA which challenges the world on a masculine, in-your-face level. Or 'Breed' by NIRVANA. 'Breed' is one of the greatest, unsung, really… It's kind of an unsung piece; it's overshadowed by other hits they had. But 'Breed' is one of the most kick-ass tracks ever in history. It's wonderful."

The father of Carrey's 12-year-old grandson, Jackson, is Alex Santana, the singer of the Los Angeles-based death metal band BLOOD MONEY, to whom Jim's daughter Jane Carrey was married for only a year before the couple split in 2010.

Jim Carrey was rumored to be to be a fan of the death metal band CANNIBAL CORPSE, which made a cameo appearance in Carrey's 1994 movie "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective". However, in a July 10, 2009 posting on BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Santana himself put the rumor to rest, writing, "For the record, Jim hates death metal... He'd never heard of CANNIBAL until doin' that movie. Trust me, it's the first thing I asked him when we met."

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