LAS VEGAS - Jim Carrey was once terrified of ending up in this city. But the co-star of the magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is over his fears, and can even resurrect fond memories.
It dates to his early career as a young impressionist from Canada, a Rich Little in training, presumably bound for the casino life.
Some time while playing Vegas, he decided he didn't like what he'd become, and adopted a "scorched earth" approach to his material. The "new," weird Jim would leave Vegas behind and turn up with the Wayanses on In Living Color, playing the fire-scarred Fire Marshall Bob and the androgynous body-builder Vera de Milo.
"I used to perform here with Rodney Dangerfield at Caesar's (Palace)," Carrey says. "I'd open for him, and brought my dad down here to see it. And to see my name on that big sign is such a thrill to someone who's starting out. It's like, 'Wow. I'm really here!'
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