Jim Carrey Recalls Thinking He Had 10 Minutes to Live During Hawaii’s 2018 False Missile Alert

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The comedian shared the peaceful way he chose to spend what he thought would be the final moments of his life.

In 2018, Jim Carrey received a message telling him he had 10 minutes left to live. The 58-year-old actor was living in Hawaii when a text alert was sent out warning of an incoming ballistic missile threat.

Carrey recounted the terrifying experience on Thursday's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, telling the host about a blurred photo of himself that's being used as the cover for his novel, Memoirs and Misinformation

"That cover is actually my face after being told that I had 10 minutes to live," Carrey revealed. "And that's for real. A fake missile alert in Hawaii. I was there. I was writing. My assistant Linda called me, she was crying, she said, 'We have 10 minutes left.' I said, 'What do you mean?' She said, 'The missiles are coming.'" 

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Carrey said the alert, which later proved to be false, was "completely real to us" in the moment. 

"I tried to get off the island to my daughter. I couldn't get off the island," he said. "The question was posed -- should we all try to get together? I said, 'I don't want to die in my car.' And we had to say goodbye." 

So Carrey revealed that he spent what he thought would be his final moments in a peaceful setting. 

"I sat on the lanai and looked out at the ocean," he recalled. "At that point, I just started going, 'OK, well, what can I do with this last moment of time?' And I just decided to go through a list of gratitudes. I could not stop thinking of wonderful things that have happened to me and blessings I've had. It was lovely. And I got to a point of grace with about two minutes to spare when I found out it wasn't actually happening. And all I was planning to do was close my eyes and be thankful because it's been a good ride." 

When Fallon asked him how he reacted to the news that the missile alert was fake, Carrey quipped, "Then I got pissed off and heads rolled!"

The alert, which went out in January 2018, was later revealed to be the result of "human error," according to The New York Times