Finke/LA Weekly: Blood-and-Guts Behind The Scenes Why Jim Carrey Went to CAA

My latest lalogo.gif column, Cash and Carrey, explores the Entourage-like exploits behind-the-scenes of what was once known as Team Carrey: actor Jim Carrey, his managers Gold/Miller, and his agent, UTA’s Nick Stevens, in even more detail, with more surprises, than I’ve previously reported here. Oy vey. But it’s a fascinating look inside the frantic phone calls, fractured relationships and film fortunes of showbiz, if I say so myself. As I had anticipated, after firing Stevens, Carrey did indeed take meetings with Endeavor (because partner Ari Emanuel is tight with Jimmy Miller, and gave Sacha Baron Cohen to him) and CAA (which exclusively reps Eric Gold as a movie producer and reps most of Miller’s clients). As I predicted, Carrey has gone to CAA. UPDATE: *Carrey called in to CAA’s Wednesday AM motion picture staff meeting and was put on speakerphone. Naturally, all the agents went orgasmic — uh, make that, showed as much emotion as bloodless robotic clones are capable of.* Here’s an excerpt from the new column:

“Carrey once rewarded his team with spankin’ new Porsche 911 Carrera convertibles. But on September 13, Carrey phoned Stevens and said, “I’ve never met with another agency. But I’m feeling like it’s time.” The two haven’t talked since. The next day, Stevens had that Porsche towed and sold. “I could never sit in it again after that,” the agent was overheard to say. The shocking and unexpected firing of the top agent by the top actor left Hollywood agog. Naturally, none of this “he said/they said” badmouthing behind the scenes has surfaced in the trades, because that’s how Hollywood works: The media rarely know about such disputes, much less report them. And the principals won’t talk to journalists publicly about any of this. But I’ve dug deep for details, first on and now in L.A. Weekly, because they’re juicier than any episode of Entourage. I found out Carrey’s managers claim that Stevens wasn’t cutting it as a rep anymore, had become distracted by a summer home in Martha’s Vineyard and golf rounds at L.A.’s Riviera Country Club, and was “rageful and resentful,” alienating not just them but the star. I also learned that Stevens accuses the managers of a cash-and-Carrey conflict of interest by “manipulating” the comic’s exit from UTA in order to further their own, now separate, producing careers at another agency they think will put their financial interests ahead of their star’s. Jeez, the parallels to HBO’s Entourage are startling, since Season 3 ended with Vince firing Ari. But real-life Hollywood is even more blood-and-guts than any of the agent and manager characters (and caricatures) on that show… Read the full column here

FYI, I checked with the Southern California Golf Association where handicap players record each of their rounds. Nick Stevens was playing only about once a month all year. And, irony of ironies, Eric Gold was playing a lot more than that in 2005 (but hardly at all in 2006 because of personal reasons). So go figure.

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