Jim Carrey - 'Mr. Popper's Penguins'

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- When Jim Carrey decided to take on the role of Mr. Popper in the new family friendly comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins," everybody, including his agent, asked him if he was sure he wanted to do a penguin movie.

The answer? Yes.

Carrey plays driven businessman Mr. Popper, who turns his swanky New York apartment into a winter wonderland after inheriting six penguins -- Loudy, Bitey, Captain, Nimrod, Lovey and Stinky. They turn his life upside down, but it's these six penguins who teach him what's really important -- and it's not business.

Tara Hitchcock sat down with Carrey to chat about the film.

"Nobody's perfect," the actor said. "Part of the role that really attracted me is the idea that you can be a complete adventurer in life -- you can be an explorer -- and forget to explore your relationships with your own children if you get so wrapped up in it. That's what happened to this character, and then he grows up and does the same thing to his kids. He's not a bad father; he's just not quite focused at times."

The penguins help him find that focus.

The moviemakers used both real penguins and animatronics.

 Carrey, who had worked with animals before (on "Ace Ventura'), said he got to know the penguins.

"I could tell them apart after awhile," he said. "There are certain discernable traits that they had. But when they get together and they're really in a close unit, it's pretty hard."

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" opens Friday.

To celebrate, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is naming one of its own penguins after a penguin in the movie. The best part is you get to pick the name!

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