Twenty-three years ago, Jim Carrey gave an iconic performance as the Grinch. This week, folks online have been speculating a part two to the Christmas classic.
But the How The Grinch Stole Christmas actor is shutting those talks down. According to PEOPLE, a rep for Jim Carrey says he won’t be returning to the Whoville world in the near future.
“There is no truth to Jim reprising his role as the Grinch in a sequel toThe Grinch,” the rep told PEOPLE.
Talks of Carrey going green-face again began amid reports from outlets like The Daily Mail. On Nov. 21, DM cited Giant Freaking Robot as the source for the sequel news. GFR’s website lists the story as an “exclusive” published 10 months ago using “trusted and proven sources.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Universal Pictures — the studio behind the 2000 film — has not responded to a request for comment from PEOPLE. So, whether part two is on its way or not remains unclear.
For those who don’t know, the film was based on a book by children’s author Dr. Seuss’s and published in 1957.
Jim Carrey Revealed Plans To Retire Last Year
It’s not too much of a surprise that Jim Carrey doesn’t have filming Grinch on his schedule. For one, the actor is not a fan of sequels. This is a sentiment he reportedly expressed to CinemaBlend in 2017.
“I find sequels are a function of commerce for the most part. At least the two I’ve done, they were characters I enjoyed doing, but I did find myself almost parroting myself at that point. When you put 10 years between you and the last time you did it, suddenly you’re going, ‘How did I do that again?’… So, you’re imitating your original inspiration. It was super fun with Jeff, but I’m not a crazy sequel guy.”
Last year, Jim Carrey broke his own rule when he reprised his role as Doctor Eggman in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. However, he also told Access Hollywood he’s “probably” retiring from acting and is “fairly serious” about it — unless a ‘golden script’ lands in his lap.
“It depends,” Jim said. “If the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink, that says to me that it’s going to be really important for people to see, I might continue down the road. But I’m taking a break.”
Peep his full comments below.
As for us Grinch fans, it looks like we’ll have to settle for the animated version, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Illumination and Universal Studios delivered in 2018!
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