Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond -- Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton is out now on Netflix, and if you haven't watched it, you should leave work/school/the hospital and make some time. The doc, directed by Chris Smith, tells the behind-the-scenes story of Jim Carrey's method acting madness as he shot 1999's Andy Kaufman biopic, Man on the Moon.
At the height of his career, Kaufman was one of the most influential figures in comedy, blending reality with fiction to such an extent that when he died of a rare form of cancer at age 35, many fans thought it was just a dark joke. When Carrey won the chance to portray his idol in the Milos Forman-directed film, he decided to become Kaufman -- a process that was captured on camera for what was supposed to be bonus and promotional material. The results were, to use a technical term, batshit crazy.
Universal, the studio behind the film, suppressed the original footage for fear that it would make Carrey look "like an asshole." Today, the wild archival material finally shows how far Carrey went, and in Jim & Andy, we get to see an introspective Carrey reflect on the process. Below, some highlights for you to relive or to give you a reason to push play.