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How Ace Ventura Sparked Tessa Thompson’s Monster Crush on Jim Carrey

The Dear White People actress, who is featured in W’s February 2015 issue, talks about her love of Harold and Maude, her politically incorrect crush on Jim Carrey in the Ace Ventura movies, and “the bravery of being silly.” Tessa Thompson wears a Gucci dress.

Released on 1/15/2015

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Tessa Thompson

Transcript

00:02
What movie makes me cry?
00:03
Harold and Maude.
00:04
Mostly just when they find each other.
00:06
Then there's a couple scenes in her place too,
00:09
when you realize that he's desperately
00:11
in love with her now that he's found his one,
00:13
and then you know that she's made this plan.
00:18
Yeah.
00:19
This is a very odd crush,
00:22
but ever since I was a kid, Jim Carrey.
00:25
I like Dumb and Dumber,
00:26
but what really put the nail in the coffin for me
00:29
was all of the Ace Ventura movies.
00:31
I was like, "Someone else that likes to speak
00:34
"from their ass."
00:36
Something about just the bravery of being that silly
00:39
and that without dignity or selfawareness.
00:44
In Ace Ventura, I know it's so political incorrect,
00:47
but when he's in Africa and he's like,
00:48
"Your balls are showing, Bumblebee tuna."
00:50
I just, as a kid, I just love that joke.