Jim Carrey tells Jimmy Fallon fake Hawaii missile alert of 2018 made him think it was last 10 minutes of his life
Actor Jim Carrey was on 'The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon' on Thursday (July 16) episode to discuss his latest book 'Memoirs and Misinformation: A Novel' which has now turned him into New York Times Bestselling novelist. The cover of the book is a photo of the actor himself and speaking about how he came up with the idea of it, he said, "It's my face after I was told I had 10 mins left to live."
Carrey was in Hawaii when an emergency alert was sent across the state of Hawaii about an incoming missile threat, in 2018. A followup text was sent 40 minutes later clarifying that the text was nothing but an error on the part of an employee. However, the incident made Carrey realize that he had a lot to be grateful for during his life. "I started thinking what can I do with this last moment of time and I decided to go through a list of gratitudes and I could not stop thinking of the wonderful things that have happened to me and blessings that I have had. It was lovely."
Earlier on in the episode, Carrey also spoke about his feelings post the book came out. Staying true to his fun persona he jokingly said that the success of the book means, "Good sign for me, terrible sign for the planet." Dana Vachon is a credited co-writer of the book and Carrey said, "My co-writer and I are literally like chickens with our heads cut out right now we are very excited."
About what readers can take away from the book, he said, "I want them to have a good time. I want them to be so struck by the strangeness and the invention of this book that they rip their nipples off and run into the streets screaming my name and when they get hit by the car and they lay there they can't even remember their own name and that's all I really am asking. I want this all to be nameless one thing joined in alchemy."
"It is like a lobster dinner because once you think you are full and you've eaten it all you realize there's meat in the legs and the fantasy continues," he added.