This week, Netflix is debuting a new documentary called Jim & Andy, about Jim Carrey’s legendary performance in 1999’s Man on the Moon, a biopic about renowned performance artist and comedian Andy Kaufman. During the production of the film, Carrey – a lifelong Kaufman fan himself – utilized method acting to make his performance as accurate as possible, frustrating most of the crew in the process. In fact, many people who worked with Carrey during the film’s production called him “psychotic,” and the behind-the-scenes footage featured in this documentary was buried for almost two decades because the studio thought it would actually harm Carrey’s career.
Carrey’s unflinching portrayal of Andy Kaufman, both on- and off-screen, even got in the way with his work on Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, including an incident where Carrey spoke to Howard as Andy Kaufman for two hours. And, according to this review from The Hollywood Reporter:
“At one point in the documentary, Carrey as [Tony] Clifton, [Andy Kaufman’s alter ego] was tormenting director Milos Forman so much that ‘Andy’ hinted that ‘Jim’ could go back to simply doing impersonations, which Forman declined.”
Basically, Carrey was considered by many of his coworkers to be an absolute nightmare on-set, and the documentary incorporates over 20 hours of behind-the-scenes footage to tell the story of an actor who stopped at nothing to honor one of his heroes. The film, which is actually called Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, is a must-see for fans of Jim Carrey, Man on the Moon, or crazy Hollywood stories.
Jim & Andy comes to Netflix on November 17th.
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