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Jim Carrey Paints Jesus, Talks Art in New Film ‘I Needed Color’

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Movie star Jim Carrey talks about Jesus and the ability of art to transform suffering in a new 6-minute documentary, “I Needed Color.”

In the video, Carrey reveals his love of painting and the visual arts. ”You can tell what I love by the color of the paintings," he says in the video, posted to Vimeo. "You can tell my inner life by the darkness in some of them and you can tell what I want from the brightness in some of them."

In one scene, Carrey paints a picture of stunning picture of Jesus and explains that the "energy" surrounding Christ is "electric".

Carrey said he began painting six years ago when he was trying to "heal a broken heart.” The actor dated Jenny McCarthy for nearly five years before the relationship ended in 2010.

"When you're falling in love, you're floating, weightless," Carrey says in the film. "But when you lose that love, you have to reenter the atmosphere and it can get pretty rough, because you're just bouncing off one molecule and onto the next, rippin' through them at such a pace that they just ignite and explode, until you find another heart that's doing the same thing, has landed and cooled, and then you start to float again.”

He adds, "I don't know if Jesus is real, I don't know if he lived, I don't know what he means, but the paintings of Jesus are really my desire to convey Christ's consciousness. I wanted you to have the feeling when you look in his eyes that he was accepting of who you are. I wanted him to be able to stare at you and heal you from the pain."

Finally Carrey says, "You can find every race in the face of Jesus. I think that's how every race imagines Jesus; they imagine him as their own."

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