William Keck
July 14, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Call him Mini-Mean. EW has learned that Jim Carrey’s much-anticipated Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas will feature a flashback to a grammar-school Grinch, to be played by 3-foot-2-inch, 18-year-old actor Josh Ryan Evans. ”It’s to show that he did have a heart, and it did grow two sizes too small,” says Evans, who also plays Timmy, the living doll, on NBC’s surreal soap Passions. And how did Evans do as Carrey’s diminutive doppelganger? ”The green makeup helps a lot,” says Carrey. ”But I actually had a few sessions with Josh where I gave him a little body language.” Universal is keeping Evans’ look under wraps until the film’s Nov. 17 opening. ”I asked for a photo to show my grandmother, and they were like, ‘Nope!”’ pouts Evans. ”I even had to wear a curtain over my head from makeup to set.” Who knew that studios could be so…grinchy?

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