A New Documentary Reveals Jim Carrey's Extreme Method Acting
Jim Carrey spent most of the '90s playing wild-man characters like Ace Ventura and Fire Marshall Bill, making us laugh with his rubbery face and his bonkers physical comedy. But the comedian also wanted to prove he was a serious actor, with a surprising dramatic turn in the gentle comedy The Truman Show in 1998. He followed that film with the lead role in Oscar-winning director Milos Foreman's Man on the Moon, a film about Andy Kaufman—comedian, provocateur, and Carrey's idol.
Carrey earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role, for which he went deep into character—often playing Andy Kaufman when the cameras stopped rolling much to the joy and dismay of his fellow actors (many of whom had worked with Kaufman in real life). Now, Netflix is giving a closer look at Carrey's take on Kaufman with Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, a behind-the-scenes portrait of the comedian proving himself to be an actor—a wild man playing another Hollywood outsider whose antics often alienated audiences and his peers in one fell swoop.
The documentary features never-before-seen footage from the Man on the Moon set, which captures the absurd recklessness and anarchy as Carrey pushed the boundaries of performance during the film's shoot. "Universal didn't want the footage we took behind the scenes to surface so that people wouldn't think I was an asshole," Carrey admits in the documentary's trailer—a self-awareness he usually doesn't exhibit when he talks to the media. Jim & Andy promises to be a juicy inside look at Hollywood and a portrait of an artist who wants to fit in and stand out.
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