In 1999, funnyman Jim Carrey played his idol Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon – this new documentary explores the lengths Carrey went to behind the scenes to portray him.
The documentary gives us a look at never before seen behind the scenes footage of the making of Man on the Moon, but more specifically, it focuses on Carrey’s own experience getting into character for the role – and not getting out for the duration of the filming.
It’s what’s commonly known as ‘method acting’, where an actor or actress becomes the character they’re playing, even off-screen!
This was the case with Jim Carrey’s portrayal of legendary comedian Andy Kaufman, and as we can see from the trailer, it appears this approach did not exactly win everyone over on set, and Carrey himself even seems to have blurred the line between reality and his characterisation.
Carrey reflects back on the filming of the movie throughout the documentary, and it features footage of his co-stars Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch, as well as appearances from the film’s director Milos Forman.
I’m a big fan of documentaries about Hollywood and the filmmaking process, and it looks like Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond will be another insightful addition to add to the list of documentaries based on that topic.
Aspiring actors may also learn a lot from this documentary, especially in terms of seeing what it may take to truely give an accurate portrayal of a character in a film (though this is an extreme example).
Jim & Andy drops on Netflix on 17 November 2017.
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