This doc focuses on the extreme lengths Jim Carrey went to, to portray Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon”.
In 1999, Jim Carrey portrayed his idol Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon.” This behind the scenes footage was withheld for over 20 years and is only being seen now. Full title Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – The Story of Jim Carey & Andy Kaufman With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton
During filming Carrey completely embodied his hero Andy Kaufman to make the film. However to when the cameras were turned off Carrey still continued to portray the character. Behind the scenes, cameras captured these moments where the Jim Carrey he wasn’t there himself.
At one point director, Milos Forman received a phone call from Carrey complaining about two men who kept appearing on set. “Well, we can fire them, and I can do an impersonation,” Carrey countered. Forman realised this wasn’t a good idea.
The two men he was referring to were Andy Kaufman who had passed away and he was playing his role and Tony Clifton, who didn’t exist. This took method acting to a whole new level. Whilst filming the biopic Carrey claimed he wasn’t even there and he would only work “as Andy” or “as Tony”.
The material of him on set is unbelievable but when has a joke gone “too far”?
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton premieres November 17th, only on Netflix.