Why privately approach a peer with praise when you can be totally weird about it on the Internet? On the surface, that seems to be the philosophy that drove Jim Carrey to post a two-minute video love letter to Emma Stone on his website, Jim Carrey True Life.
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Well it's either that, or he just wants traffic to his new site, as the video seems calculated to invite gawking. "Emma, I think you're all the way beautiful. Not just pretty, but smart and kind-hearted. And if I were a lot younger, I would marry you..." he says with an evenness that feels like the result of studying an e-age's worth of creepy old-dude vlogs and/or serial killers. There's some sighing over sex, a lipped "I love you!" and pronounced fretting over their age difference ("I have lines in my face, sometimes a little gray in my beard, and it takes me a lot longer to pee than it used to. These are the only discernable signs of aging that I can find so far").
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It's well played, while at the same time, it comes off as a joke (let's not forget that he's a comedian). And yet, it doesn't feel like a total joke. It's like one of those serious jokes: "Will you have sex with me? Just kidding...But really, will you?"
His Twitter suggests as much: Yes, my msg to Emma Stone was a comedy routine and the funniest part is that everything i said is tru," he tweeted after posting the clip.
Watch Carrey's message below and decide his motivation for yourself: