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However, it did not fare well with most critics, many reacting to Carrey's change of tone from previous films.
He soon bounced back with the critically acclaimed comedy Liar Liar (1997), playing Fletcher Reede, an unethical lawyer rendered unable to lie by his young son's birthday wish.
The role was a departure from the "hapless, hyper, overconfident" characters he had been known for.
Dangerfield eventually brought Carrey to Las Vegas.
However, Carrey soon decided to move to Hollywood, where he began performing at The Comedy Store and, in 1982, appeared on the televised stand-up show An Evening at the Improv.
In a Hamilton Spectator interview (February 2007), Carrey said, "If my career in show business hadn't panned out I would probably be working today in Hamilton, Ontario, at the Dofasco steel mill." When looking across the Burlington Bay toward Hamilton, he could see the mills and thought, "Those were where the great jobs were." Carrey's impersonations bombed and this gave him doubts about his capabilities as a professional entertainer.
His family's financial struggles made it difficult for them to support Carrey's ambitions.
At age 10, Carrey wrote a letter to Carol Burnett of the Carol Burnett Show pointing out that he was already a master of impressions and should be considered for a role on the show; he was overjoyed when he received a form letter reply.