Jim Carrey has an insane hidden talent for art -- and it's going viral

A new six-minute documentary showcases the incredible works of a modern artist. You might know him -- his name is Jim Carrey.

The 55-year-old actor, who has largely stepped away from the spotlight in recent years, has quietly been harnessing a special talent: Carrey is a remarkable painter, and his art has taken the internet by total surprise.

"I Need Color" has already racked up 2.4 million views since it was posted two weeks ago. Carrey explains that he dove into painting about six years ago in an effort to "heal a broken heart."

Above: Jim Carrey painting in "I Need Color."

"I think what makes someone an artist is they make models of their inner life," Carrey says in the video. "They make something physically come into being that is inspired by their emotions, or their needs, or what they feel the audience needs."

Within some of Carrey's paintings are "a darkness," he says, and reflections of his own desires and experiences.

Watch the riveting documentary below.

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MONTREAL, QC - JULY 28: Jim Carrey attends the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival 2017 held at the Hyatt Regency on July 28, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Jim Carrey attends the 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Winter Garden Theatre on September 11, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor/comedian Jim Carrey speaks to the media at the premiere of 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond' during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Winter Garden Theatre on September 11, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Jim Carrey attends 2017 Harper's Bazaar Icons at The Plaza Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Jim Carrey and David Copperfield attend the 2017 Harper ICONS party at The Plaza Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Michael Moore and Jim Carrey perform as Carrey guest stars and makes his broadway debut in 'Michael Moore's play 'The Terms of My Surrender' on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Jim Carrey guest stars and makes his broadway debut in 'Michael Moore's play 'The Terms of My Surrender' on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Venice, ITALY - September 5: Actor Jim Carrey attends the red carpet of 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. The Story of Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman and Tony Clifton' during 74th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino in Lido of Venice, Italy on September 5, 2017. (Photo by primo barol/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jim Carrey walks the red carpet ahead of the Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jim Carrey attends the 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - The Story Of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman With A Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention Of Tony Clifton' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. PHOTOGRAPH BY P. Lehman / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read P. Lehman / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Producer Jim Carrey attends the premiere of 'I'm Dying Up Here' at DGA Theater on May 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Producer Jim Carrey attends the premiere of 'I'm Dying Up Here' at DGA Theater on May 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 23: Jim Carrey chats in the green room with James Corden during 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, May 22 included Jim Carrey ('I'm Dying Up Here'), Rachel Lindsay ('The Bachelorette') and musical guest Bush. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) JIMMY KIMMEL, JIM CARREY
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, May 22 included Jim Carrey ('I'm Dying Up Here'), Rachel Lindsay ('The Bachelorette') and musical guest Bush. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) JIM CARREY
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 17: Mel Brooks and Jim Carrey at the LA Premiere of 'If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast' from HBO Documentaries on May 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Jim Carrey is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: Executive producer Jim Carrey of the television show 'i'm Dying up here' speaks onstage during the Showtime portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: Jim Carrey is seen at LAX on August 08, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Jim Carrey, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Gaffigan and Vanessa Bayer attend An Amazing Night Of Comedy: A David Lynch Foundation Benefit For Veterans With PTSD on April 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for David Lynch Foundation)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Jim Carrey, Ari Graynor and Michael Angarano attend the Showtime Emmy Eve Party at Sunset Tower on September 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Jeff Ross, Jerry Lewis, Richard Belzer and Jim Carrey attend 90th Birthday Of Jerry Lewis at The Friars Club on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenter Jim Carrey speaks onstage during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
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