Jim Carrey Revisits His Hardest Role For A New Documentary

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While Jim Carrey may be best known for his comedic roles, he has also established himself as a serious actor and capable of taking on virtually any dramatic role. Man on the Moon was one of those early dramatic roles, casting Carrey in the lead of this oftentimes difficult to watch Andy Kaufman biopic. Now, as a new documentary film explores the making of that biopic, Jim Carrey once again relives what he says was the most difficult film he has ever made.
Venice Film Festival Compels Jim Carrey to Relive his Days as Andy Kaufman
The film’s official title is Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton and, while that may be more than a mouthful, it’s nothing compared to Jim’s recollection of the experience. As one of Carrey’s first dramatic roles, the actor wanted to make it a memorable experience, so he dove fully into playing Kaufman, never breaking character, even when the cameras stopped rolling. Jim recalls that he even spoke to Ron Howard, who would be directing Carrey in How the Grinch Stole Christmas soon afterward, while still in character.
Mr. Howard allowed this eccentricity on Carrey’s behalf, even if it did make communication that much more difficult. Looking back, Jim admits he let himself get a little too carried away.
“It was psychotic at times,” recalls Jim Carrey.
Andy Kaufman Took Over for Man on the Moon
The actor adds that Andy Kaufman was such a powerful force that the comedian’s persona took over and forced Carrey’s natural charm into the shadows. He says, for the filming of Man on the Moon, Kaufman took over, allowing Jim to completely lose himself in the role.
“I don’t feel like I made the film at all,” says Mr. Carrey. “I feel like Andy made the film.”
Kaufman earned fame in the 70s and 80s for his experimental and overly surreal blend of comedy and realism. Even after reports of his death surfaced in 1984, his fans still believe Andy staged his demise and is due for a comeback at some point in the near future. While this seems unlikely now, over 30 years after his reported death, this is just the kind of hoax that has made Andy Kaufman so memorable.

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