Sorry to ruin your Christmas before December has even started, but Jim Carrey is not planning to make a surprise comeback in the Grinch 2.
The 61-year-old totally stole the show when he made his debut as the creepy, scary and downright mean monster in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, in 2000.
Just when we thought the festive period would be safe, it was claimed that the character would be haunting our nightmares once again.
Reports in Giant Freaking Robot claimed that Jim would be reprising his role as the Dr Seuss creation for a second time, in a Universal sequel more than 23 years after the original was released.
However, a representative for the Hollywood icon poured ice cold water on the claims, telling Metro.co.uk: ‘There is no truth to Jim reprising his role as the Grinch in a sequel to The Grinch.’
If you need us, we’ll be watching the original on repeat in devastation.
Jim Carrey was tipped to return to his Grinch roots for a sequel (Picture: Shutterstock)
Ron Howard’s live action adaptation of the classic Dr Seuss book tells the story of the Christmas-hating Grinch, who lives at the top of Mount Crumpit.
As the Whoville locals continue to inadvertently dump their unwanted gifts right into his home, he understandably becomes livid and demands revenge.
Sadly for those citizens, he takes matters into his own hands and steals all their presents, keeping them for himself.
Benedict Cumberbatch later took on the iconic role in the animated film, The Grinch, in 2018, alongside Kenan Thompson, Rashida Jones, Pharrell and Angela Lansbury.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas was released in 2000 (Picture: Shutterstock)
Although it is not clear if a sequel is in the works without Jim, the Truman Show actor previously confessed that he didn’t have the best time on set, comparing the lengthy hair and makeup process to actual torture.
During an appearance on the Graham Norton Show in 2014, he said: ‘When I did the Grinch, the makeup was like being buried alive every day.
‘The first day was eight and a half hours, and I went back to my trailer and put my leg through the wall, and told Ron Howard I couldn’t do the movie.
‘Then Brian Grazer [producer] came in, being the fix-it man, and came up with a brilliant idea, which was to hire a gentleman who is trained to teach CIA operatives how to endure torture.
Jim didn’t have the best time on set while filming the Christmas classic (Picture: Mega)
‘That’s how I got through the Grinch.’
Sharing the CIA expert’s tips, Jim continued: ‘He said eat everything you see, if you’re freaking out and start to spiral downward, turn the television on, change your pattern, have someone you know come and smack you in the head, punch yourself in the leg, or smoke. Smoke as much as you can.
‘I did the makeup 100 times. You know what got me through it? The Bee Gees.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Universal for a comment.
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