Actor Jim Carrey has emerged as an unlikely political artist and activist — and has attracted over 17 million Twitter followers

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  • Actor Jim Carrey has withdrawn from the spotlight in recent years to focus on painting.
  • However, his Twitter is on the rise, with 17 million followers.
  • Carrey regularly posts politically inspired artwork to his Twitter account, and is an active voice on political issues.

Actor and comedian Jim Carrey has always been known for his slapstick silliness. You know the films – “Dumb and Dumber,” “The Mask,” “Liar Liar,” “Ace Ventura,” just to name a few.

But he also always managed to peel back the comic goofiness for more serious turns in films like “The Truman Show” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

For his most recent turn, however, the actor isn’t acting at all. He’s fired up, and he wants to inspire change.

Carrey recently announced he would be boycotting Facebook – and dumping stock – because of the social network’s alleged “profiting” off of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He asked people reading his statement to join him.

But while Carrey is boycotting Facebook, his Twitter presence is on the rise. Carrey routinely takes to the platform to voice his political viewpoints. After Wednesday’s mass shooting in Florida, Carrey posted a photo of an American flag in the shape of a gun, with the caption: “Pro-life?!”

It’s not the first time this year that Carrey has expressed his anger toward the nation’s problems, and he usually sums up his angst in the form of original artwork (He had grown a beard and spent the better part of this decade holed up in his personal art studio pursuing a passion for painting).

In fact, Carrey has posted 12 politically inspired pieces of original artwork to his Twitter account just in 2018, including the below painting that addresses America’s gun violence problem at schools (from January).

He’s tackled issues from the John Kelly controversy to the GOP tax bill, with more in between (and that was just in the span of one week this month).

He’s also amassed over 17 million followers, an impressive number. That’s more than many other prominent comedians. Sarah Silverman has 12 million followers; Chris Rock has 5 million; Jerry Seinfeld has 4 million; Amy Schumer has 4 million; Patton Oswalt has 4 million; and so on.

That’s a pretty good showing for Carrey, who has grown a reputation for being somewhat of a recluse. He’s only had major roles in 6 movies since 2010 (if you count his role as a hermit in last year’s “The Bad Batch,” in which he only appears in a few scenes with no dialogue).

He’s given some interviews here and there, including a bizarre one at New York Fashion Week in September.

“I’m doing just fine, there’s just no meaning to any of this,” Carrey said at the time. “I wanted to find the most meaningless thing I could come to and join and here I am. You’ve gotta admit, it’s completely meaningless.”

When the reporter replied that the event was “celebrating icons,” Carrey said, “That is the lowest aiming possibility that we could come up with. Do you believe in icons? I don’t believe in personalities, I don’t believe that you exist. But there is a wonderful fragrance in the air.”

The reporter was noticeably taken aback by Carrey’s responses. The full interview is below:

And then there’s this interview with Jimmy Kimmel last May when he addressed being “separated from the world.”

“It’s the exact opposite,” he told Kimmel. “Don’t get me wrong, Jim Carrey is a great character, and I was lucky to get the part. But I don’t think of that as me anymore.”

“I used to be a guy who was experiencing the world, but now I feel like the world and the universe experiencing a guy,” he continued.

But if his Twitter is any indication, Carrey has emerged as an unexpected voice in a chaotic world, putting pencil and paintbrush to the thoughts inside his head about our world.

And 17 million people (give or take a few bots) appear to be listening.