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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)
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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).

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Chris Smith
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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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).

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Documentary

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Canada | USA

Release Date:

17 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond See more »

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Vice Films See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The behind the scenes footage was withheld by Universal for almost 20 years. See more »

Quotes

Jim Carrey: Where did this character come from? What is the dirt that the pearl is built around? And the pearl is the personality that you build around yourself as a protection against that thought: "If they ever find out that I'm worthless, if they ever find out that I'm not enough, I'll be destroyed".
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Features Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Performed by The United States Air Force Singing Sergeants and the United States Air Force Concert Band
Courtesy of the United States Air Force and Naxos of America
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Madness
19 November 2017 | by Doug BurrSee all my reviews

The film covers Jim a lot more than Andy. It certainly makes an impact. They are both very complicated people and it becomes clear that if anyone was going to play Andy Kaufman it had to be Jim Carrey. He got about as close as anyone ever could.

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.


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