“The Truman Show” is set in the fictional town of Seahaven, a sanitized, trouble-free society sprang from a 1950s middle-class suburb. Think of it as “Happy Days” on steroids. This is a post-war “American Dream” straight out of ’50s television. It was a concept that immediately caught Jim Carrey’s attention.
in an interview with Screen RentCarrey explains why he didn’t say yes to a faster movie than “The Truman Show.” “First of all,” said the actor, “I thought about this concept two years ago. I messed around with it but couldn’t decipher the code. Then when I got the script, Andrew Nichols’ script, I read it and realized I probably had to make the movie in 10 pages.”
Carrey was right to say yes so quickly because the movie was truly unlike anything Hollywood had seen before. Manager Peter Weir It cleverly combines traditional cinematographic techniques with hidden camera/reality TV-style footage that transforms viewers from traditional audience members into voyeurs, watching Truman’s every move like a viewer of the show in the movie.
The film offers clever flashbacks through the lens of the TV show, revealing how Truman first met the woman who inspired his awakening and how she was cut from the show. We were also pulled from Seahaven via an exclusive network, which included an interview with the show’s creator, Cristof (Ed Harris), where we learned how Truman was adopted by the studio when he was a newborn.
The movie manages to make us feel like we are watching both a movie and the series in the movie at the same time. It also asks us to question everything we think we know about the media.