Jim Carrey practices black van magic in 'Wonderstone'
05:00 AM, Mar 22, 2013
That weekly ritual is already well underway, trying to choose a cool movie to visit for some weekend escapism. And for car fanatics, we have an unusual choice.
It’s the offbeat film coming into theaters for the second weekend, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. In it, Jim Carrey takes his street magician character Steve Gray to extremes. He has the flowing blonde hair, the super buff body and, naturally, a beat-up black van.
What do you expect any street magician to drive around the streets of Vegas?
But this van has the extra bonus of having his character’s face painted to the back in truly insane fashion.
“The face was a photograph of him hanging upside down making this maniacal grin and then we flipped it right-side up, printed it up and put it on the van,” says director Don Scardino.
It makes for the ultimate final insult when Carrey, er, Steve Gray pulls away from his rival Burt Wonderstone (played by Steve Carell), leaving Wonderstone to take in exhaust fumes and look at Gray’s distorted face.
“Seeing Steve Gray’s face is the final humiliation,” says Scardino. Carrey also contributed his own art work to make Steve Gray’s gnarly logo which was also plastered onto the van.
“If I were Jim Carrey, I would have bought that van,” says Scardino. Instead it was likely cleaned up and returned to the van rental dealership.
As for poor Burt Wonderstone? The poor magician didn’t even have a car, much less a cool van. “He rode around in a taxi,” says Scardino. “I don’t think Burt Wonderstone ever learned to drive.”