Carrey discovers Hollywood link to Scrooge

The funnyman is sketchy on his facts, but he’s keen to find out if the story linking The Princess Bride star Elwes’ great-great-great uncle to Scrooge is really fact or just a myth.

He tells WENN, “I gathered Scrooge was actually based on one of Cary Elwes’ great, great, great uncles; I think it’s John Elwes, but I’ll have to check on the name.

“One of his relatives was a model for that character. He was a member of Parliament and he was so cheap that he would wear the same clothes all the time, even though they were in tatters. He would wear a wig that he found in the garbage. He wouldn’t buy new game until he had eaten all the meat – even if it was rancid he would finish it.

“So he was the character that Dickens based this story on.”