Jim Carrey is used to playing outrageous characters in movies like "The Mask" and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," but the actor usually does his job at room temperature, which was not the case with "Mr. Popper's Penguins," which hit theaters on Friday.
"It was actually around 30 [degrees] but it was so worth it, you want to keep [the penguins] happy," Carrey told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's Hollywood premiere. "It's already kind of a shocking thing to bring them out of their environment and traveling around a bit, so hopefully they'll get back to an iceberg at some point."
The movie follows businessman Mr. Popper who receives a penguin as a gift and soon finds himself the caretaker of five more of them and subsequently has to rearrange his life and home to accommodate the new changes.
"You can't deny the joy of a penguin," Carrey continued. "It's a perfect creature and I think it's just that they're so odd that we root for them. They're not fish and they're not fowl - what are they? They don't really belong anywhere, yet they just make us feel so good! I guess it feels like me!"
The 49-year-old actor said that the experience wasn't without incident though, as the penguins were quite vocal even when they weren't on set.
"They kept the penguins not on set, but on a compound on their environment and we'd be at the end of a scene, finishing a line and here you go 'Oh, this take is perfect' in your mind and you hear 'blerrrg dreckkk.' It was like having a heckler."
Carrey has done a good job in his career of catering to his younger audiences with movies like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "Horton Hears a Who!" The actor, who became a grandfather in 2010 when his 23-year-old daughter Jane gave birth to her son, Jackson Riley Santana, said that he loves catering to children.
"I have kids coming up to me and saying 'Oh I just saw 'The Mask' for the first time' or 'I just saw 'Ace Ventura' for the first time' and I feel so lucky for that. I never want to deny that audience. I really want to do something every once in a while for kids. I know how important it was when Jane was growing up to have something I could be able to bring her to that I could enjoy and watch her completely lose herself and have fun. I want to be in that world."
Watch a trailer for "Mr. Popper's Penguins" below.