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(1981)

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Because this movie was so poorly received at the box office, Andy Kaufman's "The Tony Clifton Story," a movie about the life and times of his alter-ego Tony Clifton, was scrapped by the movie studios.
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The characters Susan and Calvin, who appear in the junkyard scenes, are named after Susan Calvin, a frequently recurring character from Isaac Asimov's Positronic Robot short stories.
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The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 4th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1981.
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Sigourney Weaver was offered the role of Aqua and was interested in being in the film but her agent talked her out of taking the part.
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Because of a strike by the Screen Actors Guild, filming was shut down in July 1980 (along with numerous other motion picture and television series). The strike ended at the beginning of October 1980 (filming had started in June).
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The weather at the Colorado shooting location caused Stan Winston's elaborate robot makeups - which took several hours to apply - to gradually wilt in the heat, limiting how much footage could be shot in a day.
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Allan Arkush, who had never helmed a big-budget project, staged scenes at a glacial pace that frustrated everyone but him.
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Andy Kaufman, increasingly bored with the proceedings and having no friends to goof off with between takes (his friend/co-conspirator Bob Zmuda was specifically prohibited from the shoot), began acting out onset.
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Universal Pictures gave Andy Kaufman a blank check to make this film after focus group testing indicated that children liked robots, apparently in the wake of R2-D2 and C-3PO.
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Universal executives were concerned that Andy Kaufman hadn't acted in films, except for a small role, and arranged for him to star in this film to test whether he could carry a movie.
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Andy Kaufman felt that the movie was so bad that he personally apologized for it on Late Night with David Letterman (1982), and as a joke promised to refund the money of everyone who paid to see it (which didn't involve many people). Letterman's response was that if Kaufman wanted to issue such refunds, Kaufman had "better have change for a 20 (dollar bill)".
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The movie grossed only a fifth of its budget.
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Universal executives were horrified by the cut Allan Arkush presented them with, and their final cut was a mere 79 minutes with credits.
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