Jim Carrey signed up to appear in new movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone after the film's lead Steve Carell personally called him about the role.
The 40 Year Old Virgin star portrays a flamboyant Las Vegas magician in the comedy, and he had Carrey in mind for the part of his onscreen rival Steve Gray, a daring street performer.
Carrey tells ETOnline.com, "Well you know, it was really about my friend Steve Carell calling up and saying, 'You want to jump in and have some fun?' Pressure's off me man. I was just having a blast in this thing. And also just the idea of a character that is a Svengali guy, who basically is denying his desire for the material things of life - trying to undermine everyone's confidence and stuff like that. So I love that character."
Speaking to MTV News, Carell adds, "When we got the script and we were talking about Steve Gray, we sent the script (to Carrey). I didn't think for a second that Jim would want to do it, and then he did, and it was the best day ever."