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Jim Carrey goes insane in freakish Andy Kaufman documentary

Jim Carrey goes insane in freakish Andy Kaufman documentary”

Whilst, "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" is directed by Chris Smith who has directed such films as "American Movie", "The Yes Men" and "Collapse". Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton premieres 17th November, only on Netflix. But even Leonardo DiCaprio eating actual bison liver on the set of The Revenant and Jared Leto acting blind for Blade Runner 2049 can not compare to the extent Jim Carrey "became" Andy Kaufman for his starring role in the 1999 biopic Man on the Moon. Together with director Chris Smith, Carrey examines the footage of him inhabiting the role of Kaufman for the first time, as he reflects on his identity as a comedian and actor.

The documentary features never-before-seen footage from the Man on the Moon set, which captures the absurd recklessness and anarchy as Carrey pushed the boundaries of performance during the film's shoot.

On the one hand, the documentary looks like it could be an interesting examination of comedians who always need to be "on" and the limits of method acting.

As Carrey (whose own eccentric behaviour has drawn widespread comment of late) remarks in the above trailer, "when I heard I'd got the part, I was looking at the ocean - and that's the moment Andy came back to make his movie". He even says that Carrey was behaving exactly like Kaufman.

As well as detailing Carrey's work on "Man on the Moon, ' 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" will also show the comedy star broadly reflecting on "the spiritual journey of his career". In the trailer, Carrey notes how Universal originally didn't want the making-of footage (much of it shot by Kaufman's former girlfriend Lynne Margulies) to surface lest people "think I was an a-hole".

Jim Carrey earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for the performance, but numerous production's most Kaufmanesque moments played out behind the scenes, thankfully captured on video by Andy's former girlfriend, Lynne Margulies and former writing partner, Bob Zmuda.



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