If you’ve ever heard Jim Carrey speak about playing Andy Kaufman in the 1999 film Man On The Moon, he saw it less as adopting a character, and more as an intrusive possession from beyond the grave.
“The true author of the project is Andy and his genius,” Carrey told THR. “The fact that he committed so completely to what he did, really made that possible and made it essential for me to lose myself. I don’t feel like I made the film at all. I feel like Andy made the film.”
A new documentary coming to Netflix will lift the veil on this manic process, being crafted from over 100 hours of footage shot on the set of the film, a lot of which was stifled by the studio at the time, for fear of revealing just how far out Carrey was at the time.
The hilariously-titled Man on the Moon. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond—Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton is directed by Chris Smith, and will also feature interviews with Carrey, cast members, and those involved in the film.
As the trailer shows, Carrey went all in with his embodiment of Kaufman, amusing and frustrating his co-stars.
Jim And Andy: The Great Beyond—With A Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention Of Tony Clifton, will premiere on Netflix on November 17.
Check out the trailer, below.