Carrey plans Las Vegas drinking spree

Jim Carrey will star as a court-appointed chaperone who falls off the wagon while accompanying a wild executive on a Las Vegas trip.

Jim Carrey will star as a court-appointed chaperone who falls off the wagon while accompanying a wild executive on a Las Vegas trip.

It remained unclear last night when Universal top brass plan to begin filming on Sober Buddies, one of several projects that Carrey is lining up before the writers' strike is expected to hit Hollywood next June.

Carrey hasn't exactly enjoyed a purple patch of late. It's been two years since he had a hit with the remake of Fun With Dick and Jane, and several projects have failed to materialise.

In the last year two projects set to star the Canadian comic - the comedy Used Guys and biopic Ripley's Believe it or Not - have been shelved by studios due to cost concerns.

The actor also ditched his agent and pulled out of the comedy A Little Game weeks before the start date, prompting his co-star from The Mask, Cameron Diaz, to follow suit.

Ripley's Believe it or Not may now be back on the starting block, with Tim Burton preparing to direct the story about Robert Ripley, the television host who became obsessed with his show about the world's greatest oddities.

The Canadian comic's stockpile of upcoming roles includes a gay inmate on the run in the dark comedy I Love You Phillip Morris, a nurse in Me Time and an animated Elephant in Horton Hears a Hoo.

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