When Jim Carrey
was hired to play late comedian Andy Kaufman in Milos Forman
's 1999 bio pic Man on the Moon
, Kaufman's former girlfriend, Lynne Margulies and former writing partner, Bob Zmuda, captured approximately 100 hours of footage shot on the set, documenting Carrey’s transformation into Kaufman.
Director Chris Smith takes a look at Carrey's time spent portraying the troubled and complicated comedian/performance artist. Carrey earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for the performance, but many of the production’s most Kaufmanesque moments played out behind the scenes.
In Jim & Andy
, Carrey reflects on how he and Kaufman rose to fame in oddly parallel universes, his experience channelling Andy and Tony Clifton
, one of the complex characters Andy played, and more broadly the spiritual journey of his career.