Jim Carrey’s Offer To Convince Cannibal Corpse To Join ‘Ace Ventura’

Remember the hit Jim Carrey movie of 1994, ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’? Many metalheads enjoyed the film thanks to the appearance of the metal legend Cannibal Corpse. Yes, a brutal band in a comedy movie. Maybe some of you remembered, but let us tell you the scene and the story of this collab.

Ace Ventura, the quirky and zany pet detective, is on the case of a missing mascot, Snowflake, the dolphin. While investigating a lead at a Cannibal Corpse concert, Ace finds himself in the middle of a mosh pit of headbanging metalheads. With his trademark laugh and ridiculous antics, he manages to bring the house down, much to the confusion and amusement of the heavy metal fans.

In a scene that can only be described as a wild and wacky version of ‘Where’s Waldo,’ Ace weaves in and out of the thrashing crowd, eventually solving the case and saving the day, all while rocking out to some death metal. But a common question on everyone’s minds: How did a brutal hell band like the Cannibal Corpse appear in a comedy movie about an investigation of a whale?

Fast rewind to the day that the offer came. Cannibal Corpse members were in Buffalo, New York, enjoying being the mastermind beyond one of the most brutal albums ever, ‘Tomb of the Mutilated.’ The phone rang, and it was their record label. They probably thought they had something to say about the new release. But no. One of the most bizarre offers ever came.

It was their label on the other end, informing them that none other than the legendary Jim Carrey wanted them to make a cameo in his latest movie. The band members were fans of Carrey’s comedic genius from ‘In Living Color,’ but they couldn’t imagine how their death metal tunes would fit in with his humor. They were very skeptical.

It was also an offer that had nothing to do with their hard-metal-brutal image; what would they do? This was where Jim Carrey had come in. Let’s hear the remaining story from the band members. “Well, I remember we turned it down at first because we had a European tour lined up during the time they wanted us down in Florida to shoot our scene,” said Paul Mazurkiewicz to Vice in 2015. “We’d had the tour lined up for months, and we’re not the kind of band that goes back on deals that we make, so we had to decline.”

Jim Carrey was determined; he wanted them in the movie and played all his cards. The drummer continued, “But a few days went by, and we got another call saying, ‘Jim Carrey really wants you guys. They’re gonna rearrange their schedule to accommodate you.’ That just blew us away because this is a major movie production, you know? I mean, Jim wanted us that bad. So, of course, we agreed to do it. We were just kids from Buffalo, so it was very exciting for us to be wanted in that way.”

Now a second question comes to everyone’s mind: Why was Jim Carrey so persistent? Was it because he’s a real death metal fan or because he wanted to make fun of these concerts? According to his son-in-law, Alex Santana, he hated metal. So, the second scenario was more likely. “For the record, Jim hates death metal,” he wrote in 1999. Santana added, “He’d never heard of Cannibal until doing that movie. Trust me, it’s the first thing I asked him when we met.”

However, according to Mazurkiewicz, Carrey knew about them much earlier because he had said on a show how much he loved bands like Carcass and Cannibal Corpse, and Napalm Death. When dealing with a comedy master, Jim Carrey, we may never know whether he is kidding or serious. But according to him, Carrey had even determined which song would play on stage when they got to the studio.

The musician explained, “They took us over to the [actors’] trailers, and Jim comes over to us wearing his Ace Ventura garb, going, ‘Oh my god! Cannibal Corpse! It’s so great to have you guys here!’ Then he starts rattling off lyrics and tells us he wants us to play ‘Hammer Smashed Face.’ It was insane.”

So, the story has some missing pieces, we know. But it is not that important whether Carrey was a real metal fan or not. Thanks to the classic movie, we have a memorable scene that both the actor and metalheads can enjoy while watching.