Prancing around with penguins

enjoyable A scene from ‘Mr Popper’s Penguins’.

The star, who enjoys a huge fan following in India thanks to films like ‘Bruce Almighty’, ‘The Mask’, ‘Yes Man’ etc, says that ‘Mr Popper’s Penguins’ is a movie that stands out. “It’s like nothing else I’ve done before. And I still get to be me, kind of crazy, fun and edgy,” he says.  
Based on an award-winning novel and directed by Mark Waters, the film centres around Mr Popper (Carrey), a highly successful real estate developer in Manhattan who is separated from his wife and two kids. Mr Popper seems to be living an exciting life in luxury when suddenly, out of the blue; he lands up with six live penguins at his house.

Failing every attempt to get rid of the creatures, Popper slowly gets acquainted with — and increasingly attached to — his winged roommates. And so Popper’s life quickly unravels — his swanky New York apartment is turned into a snowy winter wonderland, the deal he’s long been working on is derailed, and he almost lands in jail.  But thanks to his new charges, Popper comes to understand the importance of family.

Carrey quips, “I wanted to do a movie that families are going to remember. Some people resist working with children and animals, for the fear of being upstaged. But I love capturing the spark of innocence. And what is better than animals — penguins, in our case — and children to bring that out in us?” The family entertainer opens in Indian theatres on July 8.

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