Jim Carrey can bring on the laughs, but now he wants to teach kids a life lesson—through a children's book!
The legendary actor, who is currently shooting Dumb and Dumber To, is releasing his first self-published inspirational children's book titled How Roland Rolls, hitting stores today.
According to Carrey, the 64-page book is "a story about a wave named Roland who's afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he's struck by the notion that he's not just a wave—he's the whole big, wide ocean! It shows humanity's interconnectedness through the metaphor of a wave in the ocean."
The funnyman explains that he drew from personal fears he had as a child to come up with the concept of the book.
"When I was a child," Carrey shares, "my parents were smokers and I had a deep fear that they would die…and then what would happen to me? I think that's a common fear for children—the fear of loss. It's an early existential crisis, if you will.
"But when we realize that beneath the surface of things—the activities of our lives—we are all connected, all one energy, that fear of loss gets softened. At times, it disappears entirely. At least that's been true for me."
Carrey added, "Through stories we make our children feel secure, and that good conquers evil. All the characters in a story are parts of ourselves, of course, so through stories we gain self-knowledge.
"We are inspired to embody heroic archetypes. We learn how to not let worries ruin our lives—how to make that brave move into the unknown, then find that we're usually pleasantly surprised by the outcome."
An enhanced e-book, along with a four-song EP written and performed by the celeb and his daughter, Jane Carrey, is also available on iTunes.