‘Ace Ventura’ and ‘Nutty Professor’ director living in a trailer park

Tom Shadyac talks about selling his mansion

Hollywood comedy director Tom Shadyac has talked about how he gave up his possessions and sold his mansion to live in a trailer park.

Shadyac directed some of the biggest-grossing comedies in recent years, including Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Nutty Professor.

He has told the LA Times that he became “disillusioned with his life”. After finishing Evan Almighty in 2007 he gave up his 17,000-square-foot mansion in Pasadena and moved into a Malibu trailer park, then gave his possessions away.

He doesn’t own a mobile phone, sleeps in a closet in his trailer and won’t fly first class on planes.

Shadyac is due to release documentary movie I Am, which tries to explain why today’s culture is rooted in people being in competition with each other rather than community, and why he turned his back on money and fame.

“This is an experiment,” he said. “I still have a lot of money that I don’t feel is mine because it came from a competitive system that is helping, in its own way, to destroy the world. So the way I run the economy of my life is to take only what I need to live and funnel the rest to other people.”

He added: “It’s already enough of a privilege to be an artist. We don’t need any more privileges. I’m not saying that movie stars shouldn’t have trailers [on movie sets]. That’s not the line for me to draw. But if I make another film, all I need is a room, not a trailer. I’ve already got one.”

Shadyac is on the shortlist to direct the remake of The Incredible Mr Limpet – a Warner Bros comedy starring Zach Galifianakis.

However, he has said that he believes his environmental take on the Mr Limpet script will be rejected, saying: “The studio may have someone else whose take they like more.”