That same year, Carrey appeared as a fictionalized version of himself on the final episode of Garry Shandling's The Larry Sanders Show, in which he deliberately ripped into Shandling's character.In 1999, Carrey had the lead role in Man on the Moon.Carrey was soon noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who signed the young comic to open his tour performances.Dangerfield eventually brought Carrey to Las Vegas.Carrey earned million for his next film, The Cable Guy (1996).Directed by Ben Stiller, the film was a satirical black comedy, in which Carrey played a lonely, menacing cable TV installer who infiltrates the life of one of his customers (played by Matthew Broderick).He gained critical acclaim starring in serious roles in The Truman Show (1998) and Man on the Moon (1999), with each garnering him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Popper's Penguins (2011) and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013).In the 2000s, he gained further popularity for his portrayal of the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and for the comedy Me, Myself & Irene (both in 2000), as well as Bruce Almighty (2003), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), Yes Man (2008), Horton Hears a Who! In 2013, he appeared in Kick-Ass 2 as Colonel Stars and Stripes.
The Truman Show was a commercial success also, earning 4 million worldwide against a budget of million.His family's financial struggles made it difficult for them to support Carrey's ambitions.With more domestic stability, Carrey returned to the stage with a more polished act.Carrey lived in Burlington, Ontario, for eight years, and attended Aldershot High School.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.He retracted support for the film two months prior to its release.He issued a statement via his Twitter account that, in light of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, "Now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence." 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.Like the original film, it was well received by the public, but heavily criticised by critics.It was a huge box-office success, earning 2 million worldwide in addition to breaking records, with a million opening weekend.Carrey was praised for his performance, earning a second Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor.Janet Maslin of The New York Times said, "Well into his tumultuous career, Mr.