Jim Carrey wrote humorous letters to Tupac to cheer him up while in prison


There have been many odd friendships among famous key figures in the 90s. Most of them got along and hung out, much to the entertainment of fans. It didn’t matter if it was the music and film industry, the pressure of the entertainment business, or the sheer dichotomy, the fact remains that Jim Carrey and Tupac Shakur were good friends.

Jim Carrey, born January 17th, 1962, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada was most known for his brilliant, zany portrayal of Ace Ventura, the “pet detective” that solved animal-related crimes, cementing his place as the most flexible, prolific comedian that has ever blessed Hollywood.

Jim Carrey at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Photo Credit

With a myriad of movies like The Mask (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994), Liar Liar (1997), his outstanding comedic performance greatly contributed to the 90s era comedies.

Poster for everybody’s favorite comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective which gained high critical acclaim.

The Truman Show (1998) landed him a Golden Globe Award for best actor, but it was his honest and plain, jolly character outside of the set that made Carrey a very pleasant man as a friend. Such is the example of his friendship with the controversial hip-hop legend, Tupac Shakur.

This unlikely friendship between two such characters can make us question both person’s conviction and overall characteristic impressions that the two convey. Even though Tupac Shakur is well-known for his violent and explicit lyrics, along with his crime-related life and feuds with other rappers, it didn’t stop him being a rather friendly fellow.

Photograph of Tupac Shakur. Photo Credit

He was born in New York City in 1971, as the son of Afeni Shakur, a Black Panther activist, who was in jail for bombing charges at the time of her pregnancy with him. His extremely difficult childhood around Brooklyn and the Bronx, his struggles, political views, and social commentary are expressed through his songs.


The rapper was named after Túpac Amaru, the last Inca of Vilcabamba

As a teenager, he attended the School of Arts in Baltimore as a ballet dancer and took acting classes as well, reading the works of Shakespeare. He had also been a fan of U2, Kate Bush, and Sinead O’Connor. He discovered his passion for rap music in the late 80s. By this era, he debuted in the crime drama movie Juice, with Samuel L. Jackson, Omar Epps and Queen Latifah, quickly garnering attention in both the music and movie industry.

Rolling Stone ranked him the 86th in their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and he will be soon included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sometime in 2017. He also presented the Grammy Award to Hootie and The Blowfish, alongside the famous hard rock band, Kiss.

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