In the new family film Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Jim Carrey plays Mr. Popper, a divorced New York real estate developer who inherits six penguins from his late father.   The picture, opening June 17th, also stars Carla Gugino as his ex-wife Amanda, Angela Lansbury as a prospective client, and David Krumholtz as Popper’s intrusive neighbor Kent.

During a press conference promote the film, Carrey talked about how his father inspired him to be a performer.  “I wanted to be a veterinarian for a week of my life when I was a kid, but then I found out about the whole euthanasia thing,” said Carrey.  “I said ‘Can’t commit to that sorry.’  But really since the very beginning, I looked at my father and he was commanding the room.  Every time we had people over, he stood in the middle of the room and people were just astounded at his creativity and at his animation when he told a story.  There was no choice for me. I was just like ‘That’s how I’m going to get over in the world. I want to be that guy.'”

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posted by Greg Srisavasdi