Comedian Jim Carrey is learning to accept his sadness and pain.
The actor, who has been open about his struggles with depression, joined Michael Moore on stage Thursday night and spoke candidly, and emotionally, about living under Trump’s presidency and his personal struggles overcoming pain, according to People.
Moore pressed the “Ace Ventura” star about his opinions on Trump’s presidency, to which he replied with one of his recent coping techniques.
“There’s a virtue in hopelessness. I’m not kidding. You’re off the hook and you don’t have to worry about what’s coming. ‘Okay, the world freaking ended. That’s great. Now what?'” he said to Moore at his “The Terms of My Surrender” Broadway show.
“Give up! Surrender to the idea that things are bad and yet still, from 3,000 feet up, we don’t matter,” Carrey continued. “Things are happening and we’re going to happen along with them whether we like it or not. But we don’t matter. … Once you lose yourself, you’re pretty okay. Just get you out of the way.”
The comments were sparked by Moore’s Trump questions, according to People, but Carrey explained that he has tried to overcome his own pain with “food and sex and noise and gadgets” before eventually learning to accept it.
“We’re all so afraid of the river of tears,” he said.
“The fact is, going down the river of sorrow and suffering is the way to freedom,” Carrey continued. “I’ve gone through it and I’m telling you, you don’t survive it. You don’t come out of it on the other side. You might come out of it with a body, but there’s no you attached to it. It’s tough to be yourself if you don’t have a self.”
Jim Carrey shows off his funny side at Michael Moore’s play “The Terms of My Surrender” on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on Sept. 7 in New York City.
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Carrey has rarely been on the big screen in recent years.
His last starring roles were in 2013 and 2014 in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” “Kick-Ass 2” and “Dumb and Dumber To” and this year he had a suporting role in “The Bad Batch.”
The most recent time he had spoken was in a documentary about his painting, which was released in July (although it is unclear when it was filmed). In the video, he discussed channeling his emotions into art — including healing a broken art after splitting from Jenny McCarthy.
Carrey’s ex-girlfriend Cathriona White committed suicide in 2015, another painful tragedy the star is learning to cope with. He faces wrongful death allegations from White’s family and ex-husband, which he has continually denied. His comments to Moore about choosing who you are in life were noted by People to be a response to the loss of his ex and the legal troubles that have followed.
“Know that no matter what happens, this is not who you are,” Carrey said, according to People. “You choose the part you want to play in this life. I want to be a good guy. I want to do good things. I want to make people happy and I want to help out when I can. So you do what you need to do.”
While Carrey emitted a lot of sadness and strife in the talk, photos of the event show that he did take an opportunity to channel his funnier side — the comedic personality he’s best known for.
Carrey also recently appeared at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 5 to promote the documentary “Jim and Andy.”