Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman: The Great Beyond
A little over a month ago we posted the trailer for Netflix’s latest documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. The doc chronicled Jim Carrey’s role as Andy Kaufman for the 1999 film Man on the Moon. I finally sat down to watch it last night, and I can not recommend it enough. The doc splices a present day interview of Carrey with behind the scenes footage from the film set as well as Carrey’s own career during his rise to stardom. If you’ve never seen Man on the Moon, you should see it as soon as possible, because Carrey is otherworldly in it. He won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical and once you watch the movie you’ll know why.
Kaufman was one of Jim Carrey’s comedic inspirations and one of my favorite parts of the documentary is Carrey speaking honestly about the impact Kaufman has had on his life and career. Carrey has always been envious of Kaufman’s creativity and comedic freedom, and you can tell his experience making Man on the Moon still has a profound effect on him. All the backstage footage was shot by Kaufman’s real life girlfriend Lynne Margulies or Bob Zmuda, Kaufman’s partner in comedic crime. Because of this, the footage is as raw as can be. Simply put: while on set, Jim Carrey did not exist. There was either Andy Kaufman or his insane alter ego, Tony Clifton.
While method acting isn’t a new term, it’s rare that we get to see the process up close and personal. Carrey is so completely in character as Kaufman that members of Kaufman’s family that were on set react as if their brother or son had miraculously come back to life. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though, and Carrey talks a little about how guilty he felt “being Kaufman” which in turn made everyone else’s job so difficult. It got to the point that Universal, the studio that made Man on the Moon, tried to bury the footage “so that people wouldn’t think Jim is an asshole”.
Things got extra tense on set when Jerry Lawler, Kaufman’s “nemesis”, showed up to film his parts. Carrey went full on Kaufman, to the point that Lawler tried to attack him and put him in the hospital. Was this real? We’ll never really know. That was the beauty of Kaufman in real life and of Carrey’s performance. Kaufman never seemed to care if you liked him or not, but he was always going to keep you guessing. Carrey did the same thing while on set, and the main takeaway I got from his present day interviews was that Carrey never the same after filming. He might have been on the top of the world in Hollywood, but he never felt as free as he did portraying Kaufman.
Take an hour and 40 minutes out of your day and watch this great documentary. Watch the brilliance of Andy Kaufman and the brilliance of Jim Carrey. You won’t be disappointed.
Millie can rap!
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At this point I would judge you if you DIDN’T have Stranger Things fever, because as good as season 1 was, season 2 was even better. It focused more on the whole cast (and even brought in a few new characters: RIP Bob. You were too good for this world). I loved all the pairings, especially Steve and Dustin and the re-connection of Mike & Eleven. If you haven’t watched ST2 yet and need a refresher on the first installment, Millie Bobby Brown has you covered. The fact that a 13 year old is this talented blows my mind. Enjoy!
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Anyone like me who has seen and enjoyed Man on the Moon has to be interested in this new Netflix documentary featuring a ton of behind the scenes footage from the set. Andy Kaufman was such a unique and singular figure that it almost seemed impossible for someone to be able to portray him accurately, but Carrey’s turn as Kaufman was great. If you’re wondering how someone could transform into Kaufmann without losing a bit of themselves, you mustn’t wonder anymore, as Carrey seems to go into full detail about how he lost himself in this role. Kauffman was one of his comedic inspirations, so it’s easy to understand why he wanted to commit so fully to the part, but it clearly took a toll on him and everyone on set. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond premieres on Netflix November 17th.
Will The Punisher sooth my Defenders hangover? Well, its too soon to tell. I do know that Jon Bernthal was the PERFECT choice for the gun-weidling badass. I have a feeling that the brutal visuals, awesome music, and fantastic dialogue are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Netflix’s newest superhero installment.
Please excuse me while I sync up war documentaries to Metallica albums.
You know what looks fucking terrible? Being a famous celebrity. For those that have seen Amy, the great yet incredibly sobering documentary about the late Amy Winehouse, you’ll know what I mean. Being a celebrity, especially one in the entertainment business, looks terrifying. You’re constantly being pulled in a million different directions and you never seem to have a personal moment to breathe. Inviting a documentary crew from Netflix to follow you around 24/7 isn’t necessarily going to help that, but it does give fans a peek inside celebrities everyday lives. Gaga: Five Foot Two, if you couldn’t tell by the title, follows around Lady Gaga last year leading up to her Super Bowl halftime show. I’m a Gaga supporter (if you don’t like Million Reasons KINDLY LEAVE) so I’m hoping this is similar to the Amy documentary minus the tragic ending. Gaga: Five Foot Two starts streaming September 22nd.
Jerry Seinfeld always does things differently, doesn’t he? While many other comedians are signing deals with Netflix and putting their new stand up sets on the streaming platform, Seinfeld took a different approach. In Jerry Before Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld literally takes you back to his childhood and early stand up days before he became an international star through Seinfeld. It’s a unique take on a stand up special and a perfect layout for something you’d watch on Netflix. Jerry Before Seinfeld starts streaming September 16th.