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One day during production, a real medic was brought in to evaluate Jim Carrey after he turned up to the set with a bloody nose, claiming Tony Clifton had punched him out backstage. Jim Carrey refused to be called by his real name during the entire production, to get into the part, he insisted on being dealt with as Andy Kaufman at all times, on and off the set.
A man impersonating Gary Oldman discussed the project with an unsuspecting Danny DeVito for months and even submitted an audition tape to Milos Forman. The real Gary Oldman had passed on the role of Andy Kaufman months earlier, and became aware of the scam after he found his name listed as one of the actors auditioning for the part. At one point, the studio wanted to fire director Milos Forman. However, Jim Carrey said that if Forman was fired, he would depart the film as well. Andy Kaufman's congas were sold at auction and bought by Jim Carrey who is a major fan of Kaufman.
Carrey used the congas as part of his audition tape for Milos Forman and they appear in the film. The core cast of Taxi played themselves. When DeVito was asked who would play him if he was playing Shapiro, he suggested that the simplest option was to scratch himself from the cast shown in the movie. The role of young Carol Kaufman Andy's sister was played by Andy Kaufman's granddaughter, Brittany Colonna, so she is playing her own aunt.
The opening credits sequence mentioning that certain facts were changed and some events were in a different order, was written in by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski in anticipation of fickle audience members pointing out historical inaccuracies used for dramatic effect. They received numerous letters from Andy Kaufman fans regarding "mistakes" nonetheless. During filming, it was widely reported that a fight ensued between Jerry Lawler and Jim Carrey. It was later reported the whole story was fabricated to promote the movie.
But Lawler has since revealed that the story was true. Carrey was so into his character that he constantly harassed Lawler off-camera. At one point, Carrey spit in Lawler's face and Lawler grabbed Carrey's neck. The altercation was broken up, and Carrey demanded that Lawler be fired and that his scenes be re-shot.
But Carrey later relented. According to Lawler, when they later filmed the scene in which he slapped Kaufman on Late Show with David Letterman , he slapped Carrey much harder than he ever slapped Andy as revenge. When Lawler arrived at the Olympic Auditorium to film the match, he was shocked to find hundreds of "Southern" extras dressed in straw hats and overalls, not at all resembling the real Mid-South crowds of the early s. An exasperated Lawler pulled the filmmakers aside and reminded them that Memphis is a blues town, not a backwoods one, and that he never saw anybody dressed like that at the real Mid-South Coliseum.
The extras were then instructed to remove their straw hats. This was Doris Eaton's first film since In a podcast interview, Jerry Lawler stated that Jim Carrey was a handful with which to work. This stemmed from Carrey's insistence on staying in character constantly on and off-set.
Several years later, Carrey sent Lawler some old s records of hits that wrestlers recorded from his personal collection, saying it was a great pleasure working with him. Andy Kaufman's Elvis routine was based on real-life work which Elvis publicly called "by far" the best impersonation of him he ever saw and on the way Kaufman arranged many of his performances.
His pre-Elvis "impersonations" were intentionally terrible. Kaufman would "reward" audiences who didn't leave or curse at him with things he thought they would find hilarious and entertaining. David Letterman refused to wear a wig, facial prosthetics, or wardrobe to re-create his s look. The title "Man on the Moon" is from R. M also composed the score for the film as well. Cage refused to audition, and was passed over. Jerry Lawler balked at the news of wrestler "Disco Inferno" Glenn Gilbertti being considered to play Lawler in the movie, so Lawler contacted the producers and instead offered to play himself.
Artie Lange auditioned for the role of Bob Zmuda. Director Milos Forman could not decide between Edward Norton and Jim Carrey for the role of Andy Kaufman, and left it up to the studio, which went with the more bankable Carrey. This was the first Jim Carrey movie since he became a star in the mid 90s that didn't open to first place.
It's also his first flop since being unknown to the public in the 80s. Chapter to get his brothers to ride their motorcycle's, to be part of the Tony Clifton bikers. Jim Carrey wanted everyone to call him Andy Kaufman on and off the set, and refused to talk to anyone during the filming, and everyone had to go through his friend and confidant Chuck Zito, to ask him a question, including the director Milo's Forman.
Although Courtney Love is playing Lynne Margulies, Andy Kaufman's last girlfriend, the character presented here is actually a composite of other girlfriends that Kaufman had throughout his life. Danny DeVito had always been fascinated by Andy Kaufman's strange relationship with his agent George Shapiro so he lobbied hard for the role of Shapiro - despite the complications this caused in relation to the Taxi cast which is also featured in the film. It would be seven years before Milos Forman would helm another film after Man on the Moon 's disappointing box office performance.
Jim Carrey's Method training meant he stayed in character throughout the entire shoot both on and off screen. He started naturally developing tics and habits that were characteristics of Andy Kaufman himself. For the later scenes in which Andy Kaufman is dying of cancer, Jim Carrey shaved his hair off and lost weight. It is revealed in the film that the feud between Andy Kaufman and Jerry Lawler had been fabricated as a publicity stunt. It was proven to have been a fabrication several years before this movie came out. The "feud" was widely regarded as being genuine. The ring announcer in the movie who introduces the wrestling match between Jerry Lawler and Andy Kaufman is Lance Russell, one of the real-life promoters of the historical match, as well as the ring announcer and ringside commentator.
The ringside commentator in the film is Jim Ross, who was Jerry Lawler's broadcast partner at the WWE commentator's table for many years. After its release, the film attracted some criticism over various events in Kaufman's life that were left out. Max Allan Collins maintained that the filmmakers did not understand Kaufman at all, and that the film "does not give Kaufman the credit for his genius, that he had a complete intellectual grasp of what he was up to and a showman's instincts for how to play an audience".
ificantly, these critics included Kaufman's own father Stanley Kaufman , who was displeased that little of Andy's early life before show business and early career was portrayed. Sam Simon, executive producer on Taxi series, stated in a interview with Marc Maron for the WTF with Marc Maron podcast that the portrayal of Andy on the show was "a complete fiction", that Kaufman was "completely professional" and that he "told you Tony Clifton was him".
Simon also stated that sources for these stories were mostly from Bob Zmuda and "a little bit of press hype", but in the end he conceded that Kaufman would have loved Zmuda's version of events. The 8x10 glossy of comedian Bruce Smirnoff is clearly visible behind Andy when he is first gigging and bombing at the Melrose Improv.
Bruce was a hard luck comic who bombed for many years, and finally became a successful touring professional comedian. A subject not portrayed in the film but important at the time was that Kaufman and Zmuda wrote a screenplay for a Tony Clifton biopic. However, this was sidelined after Kaufman's first major motion picture Heartbeeps was a failure at box offices and got mostly negative reviews. In a eerie turn of events, Andy died in that same hospital five years laters, from lung cancer. The film implies that Carol Kane was a member of the Taxi cast during the show's first season, which in real life was or Actually, Kane did not make her first appearance on the series until the episode "Guess Who's Coming for Brefnish", which first aired on ABC in January during the show's second season.
The film also implies that Taxi was canceled only once. However, the show went on for one more season on NBC. When Andy Jim Carrey does for the very first time his Latka Gravas bit impersonating Elvis Presley, he salutes the audience by showing the devil's horns, a hand widely known to be used and made famous by Ronnie James Dio during his time with Black Sabbath; of course, this is a well-known symbol in the metalhe culture.
However, Carrey did the devil's horns without noticing that this was somewhat anachronistic with the time Andy Kaufman presented the Latka Gravas character, so Milos Forman during editing and post-production showed just Carrey's face in order to avoid controversy; however, Carrey's arms raised imply that this particular Elvis is indeed flashing the devil's horns.
The two movie posters hanging up at the movie theater, where Andy is taking Lynn to see a movie on their date, are E. In. Man on the Moon Trivia 53 Add new. Edit Report This. Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman were both born on January 17th. For the Mighty Mouse scene, the real Studio 8H was made to look as it did circa According to Jim Ross, most of his wrestling commentary was ad-libbed. Fredd Wayne's Bland Doctor's final film. Kristin Richardson's debut.
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