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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (original title)
TV-MA | | Documentary | 17 November 2017 (USA)
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A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).


Chris Smith
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Himself
Danny DeVito ... Himself
Milos Forman ... Himself
Peter Bonerz ... Himself
Paul Giamatti ... Himself
Ron Meyer ... Himself - President, Universal Studios
George Shapiro ... Himself - Andy's Agent
Judd Hirsch ... Himself
Carol Kane ... Herself
Dotan Bonen Dotan Bonen ... Himself
Michael Hausman Michael Hausman ... Himself
Bill Corso ... Himself
Linda Fields Linda Fields ... Herself (as Linda Hill)
Stacey Sher ... Herself
Angela Jones ... Herself


A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many of the stars who played cameos in the original film received a special mention in the credits of Jim & Andy. Jeff Conaway (Taxi), received a credit under 'Appearances in Archival' (at 1:30:08) had his name spelled incorrectly in the credits (Jeff Conway instead of Jeff Conaway). See more »


Jim Carrey: I learned that you can fail at what you don't love, so you might as well do what you love.
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References All of Me (1984) See more »


The Great Beyond
Written by Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe
Published by Universal Tunes on behalf of Temporary Music
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Wearing the ghost as his own
30 March 2019 | by ReadingFilmSee all my reviews

Interesting the Grinch did not present the same dilemmas. Here with Hollywood's frightening disconnect. Immoral and indulgent not in a hedonistic but creative way in channeling the collective 'ghost' which I sense we have an almost duty to not do this and respect the illusions of theater.

The film seems opposite the truth in that it seems he actually found himself through Kaufman, not lost himself, and then attributed nothing because he didn't like what he found. Creatives simply do not realize the sensitivity of the human mind which clashes with the ruthless detachment of the gift. Guess which side wins? Young are especially vulnerable for desiring to prove themselves and seeing no difference between offering a part of themselves with the whole; Carrey being all these things plus 90s prosperity A-list power, ripped a hole so large in his psyche he became a mountain man guru. I don't personally see that as satiric, I think it was the inevitable trajectory polarity from Kaufman and that's the real him is the embodiment of transience. Basically he will copout conclude with anything but Carrey.

That 90s context at the time seemed so definitive while ultimately it was just a small era inside the expanse, which he is still wrestling to terms with being biggest in the world then, and now being 'After Carrey' and translating its consequences being unintuitive.

Kaufman here with the mirror on mirror effect, but the mirror is still the single image reflected ad infinitum, meaning it's the same problem in identity and who's playing who over and over, then the artform is the variety in reaction. Such as therapy for Kaufman's dead relatives.

I believe performers living in this method of voodooism trifle with a gift, forgetting that the benefits in craft are inherent. The theater reflects humanity already and chameleon reflecting chameleon does not reveal but violates.

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