Jim Carrey’s career took a dramatic turn when he starred in The Truman Show (1998). His performance as the oblivious TV star displayed the media’s startling power over the masses and predicted the impending wave of reality-based television that peaked in the early 2000s. Like Truman, Emimen was thrust into the public eye and constantly scrutinized by the media when he dropped his third album, The Eminem Show, in 2002. Commemorating the 15th anniversary of the album, he acknowledged the film as the influential centerpiece of the project.
“The concept for The Eminem Show was inspired by The Truman Show because my life felt like it was becoming a circus at that time and I felt like I was always being watched. Basically, Jim Carrey wrote my album,” Em shared in a handwritten note posted on Instagram.
During an interview posted on Reddit, Carrey also pointed out the inspiration for the album’s artwork. “I mean, if you look at the cover of the album, it’s basically the poster for Man on the Moon, a revised version of it with the red curtain and everything. And I was just blown away by that,” he commented.
It’s worth noting that Jim also introduced Eminem’s 2000 VMA performance of “The Real Slim Shady/The Way I Am,” which featured an army of Slim Shady clones who swarmed the Radio City Music Hall stage.