Though comedy made him king, Jim Carrey has said that he'd like his career to go the way of Oscar winner Tom Hanks. But from the looks of things the actor, whose Ace Ventura: When Nature Callsopens Nov. 10, may be taking a more macabre path, say in the footsteps of Freddy Krueger. This month, Carrey begins shooting Columbia's Cable Guy, for which he's being paid $20 million. Following the antics of a nutty cable installer, the Ben Stiller-directed comedy originally put Carrey in his element: slapstick. But a new script turns down the wackiness and turns up...the dark side maniacal stalking, bloody beatings, and a gruesome staple-gun attack. Regardless, Stiller maintains that Guy is still a comedy, but also a satiric, psychological thriller. ''Most thrillers end up being funny unintentionally,'' he says. ''Ours, hopefully, will be funny intentionally.''
Though execs at Columbia declined to comment, Carrey himself seems eager for this role reversal. ''I will strive to base this character in reality,'' he jokes. ''Hopefully, the line between what is real and what is illusion will not become blurred, and I will remain a non-threat to society.'' If Guy's a hit, what's next? Chris Farley as a serial killer living in a van down by the river?