At times, Carrey’s fierce commitment to the role makes it feel less like he’s portraying his idol, and more like he’s inviting Kaufman to inhabit his very being.One particularly disturbing shot finds “Man on the Moon” director Milos Forman practically begging Carrey — whom he calls “Andy,” because Carrey refused to break character on set — to “give me a chance to make a movie.” As Carrey explains in an interview, “Universal didn’t want the footage that we took behind the scenes to surface so that people wouldn’t think I was an asshole.” But the documentary is much more than merely a fun peek behind the Hollywood curtain.In addition to the obvious similarities — both actors were known for impersonating Elvis early in their respective careers, for example — they also shared a life-guiding philosophy, an unwillingness to cater to the public’s conventional perceptions, resulting in larger-than-life personas that the public simply couldn’t deny.It’s no surprise then that Carrey, on numerous occasions, refers to “knowing” Kaufman, despite never meeting him before his death in 1984.It’s an enlightening — at times, disturbing — journey into the mind of a comedic genius, showing how someone who came before him could have such a profound impact on his past, present and future.
Fortunately, that’s where “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond—Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton” comes in.
The documentary, available to stream on Netflix beginning Friday, Nov.
17, combines hundreds of hours of behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of Man on the Moon — kept tightly under wraps for nearly two decades — with new, revealing interviews with Carrey.
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