Jim Carrey Robotnik

[Update: Twitter user Amanda Flagg posted a correction to this story noting that the man in the photo is not, in fact, Jim Carrey but is actually character actor Frank C. Turner.

Which means the possibility remains that Carrey’s take on Sonic’s arch nemesis will be as flamboyant and over-the-top as most are expecting. We’ll provide more information if/when it becomes available.]

Original article follows:

Sonic the Hedgehog fans eager to see what the upcoming movie adaption has in store have gotten their first taste of rubber-faced funnyman Jim Carrey’s take on the evil Dr. Eggman.

It is… probably not what many were expecting.


Little so far is known about the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which is currently scheduled to drop Nov. 15, 2019 in the United States. James Marsden (the X-Men film series), a police officer in rural Green Hills, helps the eponymous Sonic escape from the government. The movie is directed by Jeff Fowler, whose small list of credits include as a visual artist for Where the Wild Things Are in 2009 and as director for an Academy Award-nominated animated short called Gopher Broke.

From these leaked photos alone, I would have assumed Carrey’s Dumb and Dumber co-star Jeff Daniels had put on some makeup and jumped into the role instead. That Carrey seems to have enveloped himself into (a somewhat normcore version of) the role of Dr. Eggman (or Robotnik, if you prefer) is far from surprising. The performer is notorious for all-consuming method acting, for better or worse. For a representative sample of this, check out the enjoyable 2017 documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, which was compiled using footage shot during filming of 1999’s Man on the Moon. There, Carrey’s total transformation into legendary comedian Andy Kaufman makes for some uncomfortable moments (Kaufman and Jerry Lawler were actually friends! Cut it out, Ace!).

There’s really not enough out there yet to pass judgment. From the looks of it, though, Sonic the Hedgehog 2019 appears like it will skew more realistic? Well, as realistic as a talking, superfast blue hedgehog with ample amounts of ‘tude can be. Who knows? As soon as this scene ends, maybe Marsden’s character drops a few hits of acid and goes running through a 16-bit maze looking for some Chaos Emeralds. One can dream.

Taking a property that seems impossible to turn into a movie such as the Sonic series can be a tricky business. Sometimes, it can pay dividends (the series based on a freaking amusement park ride might be a punchline now, but when it debuted in 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean was a rollicking good time). Sometimes, not so much (Super Mario Bros. Captain Lou Albano is still spinning in his grave).  For now, we’ll just have to soak in these photos and wonder how much Carrey is tormenting his co-stars with his 24/7 inhabitation of a mad hedgehog-hating scientist.

Are you excited for the Sonic the Hedgehog 2019 movie? Do you think it’s going to be as exceptional as Sonic the Hedgehog 2006? Let us know in the comments!


John Dunphy
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He's written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, beer, cycling, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking at his staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.


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