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Scandal-hit Jim Carrey locks lips with Tony Clifton impersonator

Scandal-hit Jim Carrey locks lips with Tony Clifton impersonator
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September 12

He is currently embroiled in scandal.

But that looked like the furthest thing from Jim Carrey's mind as he locked lips with a Tony Clifton impersonator at the Jim And Andy: The Great Beyond premiere in Canada on Monday.

The star, who is fighting a wrongful death lawsuit which claims he gave an ex-lover herpes, seemed to be having a great time as he hammed it up on the red carpet at the  Toronto International Film Festival.

The 55-year-old looked frail as he larked around while wearing a leather jacket, which he combined with a white, black and orange T-shirt.

Batman Forever star Jim rounded off his look with black jeans and impressively shiny leather shoes.

He seemed to be relishing every moment he spent with the impersonator, for he gave him a lingering smooch before cuddling him from behind.

The fact Tony Clifton is an Andy Kaufman creation was appropriate, for the film offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Jim adopted the persona of the idiosyncratic funnyman on the set of biopic Man on the Moon.

It has just been picked up by streaming service Netflix for distribution.

Jim had earlier looked gaunt as he stopped by a TIFF talk for Variety on Monday.

The Ace Ventura: Pet Detective star seemed thinner than normal as he chatted about his latest project.

The day before he went on a strange rant when being interviewed by Catt Sadler.

The ex of Renee Zellweger said 'there's no meaning to any of this' and 'there is no me,' causing fans to worry.

He was also seen with Chris Smith and Danny Gabai for the chat session.

Carrey took his quirky sense of humour a step beyond as he unleashed a bizarre rant during a weird red carpet interview with E! News' Sadler at the Harper’s Bazaar’s ICONS bash at the weekend.

Although the TV host was at first thrilled to chat with the Canadian comedian, the conversation took a strange turn almost immediately after she commented on how rare it is to see him at a glitzy soiree.

Replying to her remark, he began: 'There’s no meaning to any of this. I wanted to find the most meaningless thing I could come to and join and here I am.'

And while viewers may think the awkward encounter ends there, The Cable Guy star continued to hit a bum note as Catt attempted to get a positive answer from him.

She bravely questioned: 'They’re celebrating icons inside, do you believe in icons?'

'Boy, that is just the absolute lowest-aiming possibility that we could come up with,' he said. 'I don’t believe that you exist but there is a lovely fragrance in the air.'

While bursting into a James Brown impersonation, Catt - who looked down the camera in a panic - valiantly tried to give the interview one last try as she commented on his dashing display.

She shared: 'But Jim, you got really dressed up for the occasion, you look good.'

However, her compliments fell on deaf ears as Jim continued his philosophy lesson, insisting 'there is no me'.

'I didn’t get dressed up,' he responded. 'There is no me. There’s just things happening. (This is) not our world. We don’t matter.'

And with a encouraging squeeze of Catt shoulder, Jim was off and walked away leaving the seasoned professional aghast.

Earlier this month, the actor sailed into Venice for the world premiere of his documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond, which recounts the creative process he masterminded during production of 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic Man On The Moon.

The star received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the late entertainer, winning a prestigious Golden Globe. Arriving in Venice to promote the new film, he surprised fans by revealing a new clean-cut look after shaving off his notoriously bushy beard.

Back in May, the then-bearded star appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he joked about his facial hair, saying: 'It's a bigger star than me.

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