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A Christmas Carol

entertainment Updated: Nov 19, 2009 20:23 IST
A Christmas Carol

Genre: Fantasy
Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Cast: Jim Carrey, Steve Valentine
This is a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned. It captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3D motion picture event. Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late.

Meet the new Scrooge
Casting Jim Carrey as Scrooge in a big screen version of A Christmas Carol seems such a good idea you wonder why no one thought of it before.

A Christmas Carol was published more than 150 years ago. Why do think it’s still so popular?
It’s one of the greatest stories of transformation and redemption ever written and it’s themes are truly universal. I think everyone can relate to the idea of someone who doesn’t feel loved and therefore doesn’t return love.

Scrooge is a truly iconic character. What was the best part of playing him?
I really love getting inside the head of a character, which probably sounds like a cliché but I’ve always liked psychology and trying to understand why people
become who they are.

And how did you think you did with the British accent?
I just hope I pulled it off and I’m not going to cause an international incident of some sort [laughs].

Do you think there is a moral behind A Christmas Carol and how you would express it?Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I think the moral of the tale is to love: to love yourself and to love the people around you and to know that you can make a difference in someone else’s life. My favourite Christmas memory is from my childhood. My big thing was that I couldn’t wait to lay under the tree and squint my eyes up at the lights.