In the interview sections Jim comes across charming and occasionally says some very profound and insightful things. The on set footage shows a very different person. He chose to approach the role as a hardcore method actor. Insisting on being called his characters names and never breaking character, even around Andy's family. Some of it is brutal and hard to watch. He is nothing short of an obnoxious, unhinged, tempormental nightmare. Especially when he plays Tony. There are many times when I feel sorry for the crew and his costars. Outside of the craft of acting there is a serious case to be made for Carrey being committed. He seems legitimately insane. That being said so did Andy and maybe Jim had to do that in order to temporarily become him.
The only fault I can identify with Jim's performance is that there was a sweetness about Andy and his funny antics. There is a dark anger in Jim which occasionally leaks out. Still I think Jim got as close as anyone could to capturing Andy.
My overall impression is that Andy Kaufman was a strange and beautiful performance artist. Jim Carrey is brilliant and troubled actor. I love watching his movies, but, I probably would not want to work with him.
Unfortunately, there are still a lot of problems with the show. I find that a real shame, because, even now the show has so much potential. A cool premise. Post apocalyptic zombie carnage. Check. Some cool characters. Rick, Daryl, Maggie, Michone. Morgan, Check. A charismatic villain. Negan. Check. A good setting. The countryside in Georgia.
I cannot fault the acting, the special effects, the visuals or the music. The writing is the root of all the shows problems. I wish I could kick Scott Gimple squarly in his nuts. Hard. He has gradually ruined a once great show. He must be stopped.
It might benefit from cutting the season lengths in half. These past few seasons have had way too many standalone episodes, based on secondary characters. They end up being really boring and really kill momentum. When you set up questions in one episode that only gets answered literally a month later, you just don't care as much. It is also a real kick in the face when none of your favourite characters are in a new episode. They clearly struggle to write 16 episodes a season. S just don't do it. I'd rather have 8 strong episodes a season focusing on the main story than 16 episodes of hit or miss filler and unnecessary detours.
The other main problem is directly connected to the last one. There are now WAY too many characters. I also think so far they have killed off too many of the wrong ones. I will do this without any spoilers. I understand that killing off a major character in a cool way every so often can be very effective and so I don't mind this if it is done right. But, if this is going to work it needs to be done sparingly in the right way and at the right time. Most importantly the void created by their death needs to be filled by a cool new characters. They are not doing this. They have settled for quantity of characters instead of quality. I would genuinely feel nothing if half of the secondary characters were killed. The show is at it's best when you know every characters name and a bit of their personality / back story. They already have a cool group. They just need to spend time filling in the gaps with equally cool characters.
The story telling style should be simple. This is a show about zombies. It does not need artsy dream sequences. The zombies are trying to kill them. Other groups of people are trying to kill them. Our bad ass groups does what they have to to survive. Done. It also works better when they are on the road. A long term stable secure home like Alexandria kills the tension. The plot should also head towards a proper ending. Are they not even trying to stop the Zombies anymore? Either, let everyone die and the Zombies take over Planet Of The Apes style. Or, let them figure out a virus like Eugene said that kills only the zombies. Spreads and wipes them all out, then the survivors rebuild the world. I'd prefer the happy one. But, to just have them all fighting each other all the time without any long term plan just feels kind of pointless.
On the whole, they should just give me the showrunner job. I promise you all would not regret it. I'd basically just do almost everything exactly the way it is in the comics. Mix in some classic horror film references every so often. For instance, imagine a Texas chainsaw massacre type character who starts to terrorise people at night. Cutting people up with his chainsaw with lots of fire. He is never explained or revealed and he kills both sides people. Have another soldier with a gas mask thing and a big machine gun. There would also be a guy in a bunny rabbit mascot suit who steals Daryl's food and so Daryl spends an episode hunting him down. A big hilarious meta joke. The whole show would have cool character, cool plot lines, lots of awesome violence and eventually a very satisfying and rewarding happy ending. So that is why it is so sad. If the writing was better this could still be an awesome show. Sadly it isn't, so it kind of sucks. Sad face :(