Netflix Gems: Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond
I'm a super KNURD, and there's nothing better than indulging in a few vices and settling down with a good Netflix documentary.
Pictured: Me and my vice ;-)
I probably appreciate documentaries more because I can never complain about bad acting, writing, or special effects. Every now and then, I come across a surprisingly good one.
Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond, is a documentary revolving around Jim Carrey's role as Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton in the 1999 film Man on the Moon. Split between behind-the-scenes footage during shooting, acrchival clips of Andy Kaufman, and present-day interviews with Carrey and other cast members, Jim and Andy paints a clear picture of who Jim Carrey is today, and does a great job shedding light on Carrey's recent interactions with the media.
The role of Andy Kaufman was important to Carrey, and he went full method in his portrayal. It's hilarious, and at times, a bit creepy seeing Carrey interact with the director and co-stars as Andy or Tony. At times, it was a bit overwhelming for them, even for veteran actor Danny Devito and WWE hall of famer Jerry Lawler.
Spoiler Alert: Jerry slapped the shit out of
ol' Jimmy boy in the movie
Seeing how he was behind the scenes puts this documentary on par with Man on the Moon, if not surpassing it, because in this film, not only do we get the best of Andy Kaufman and Tony Clifton, but we get a rare glimpse of who Carrey is behind the characters he plays and how complex and committed he truely is. Check out Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond on Netflix and let me know what you think in the comments!