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Man on the Moon is a biographical comedy-drama film about the late American entertainer Andy Kaufmanstarring Jim Carrey as Kaufman. The story traces Kaufman's steps from childhood through the comedy clubs and television appearances that made him famous, including his memorable appearances on Saturday Night LiveLate Night with David LettermanFridaysand his role as Latka Gravas on the sitcom Taxiwhich was popular among viewers but disruptive for Kaufman's co-stars.
The film pays particular attention to the various inside jokesscamsput-ons, and happenings for which Kaufman was famous, most significantly his long-running feud with wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler and his portrayal of the bawdy lounge singer Tony Clifton. Although the film was unsuccessful commercially and received mixed reviews, Carrey received critical acclaim for his performance and won a Golden Globehis second in a row after his award for The Truman Show.
Andy Kaufman is a struggling performer whose act fails in nightclubs because, while the audience wants comedy, he sings children's songs and refuses to tell conventional jokes. As the audience begins to believe that Kaufman may have no real talent, his previously timid "foreign man" character puts on a rhinestone jacket and does a dead-on Elvis impersonation.
The audience bursts into applause, realizing Kaufman had tricked them. Kaufman catches the eye of talent agent George Shapiro Man On The Moon - R.E.M. - Drive 1985-1992who signs him as a client and immediately lands him a network TV series, Taximuch to Shake You Down - Various - Studio 54 *5th Edition* - The Biggest And Best Disco Collection Ever! dismay, since he dislikes sitcoms.
Because of the money, visibility, and a promise that he can do his own television special, Kaufman accepts the role, turning his foreign man into a mechanic named Latka Gravas. Secretly he hates doing the show and expresses a desire to quit. Invited to catch a different act at a nightclub, Shapiro witnesses a performance by a rude, loud-mouthed lounge singer, Tony Cliftonwhom Kaufman wants to guest-star on Taxi. Clifton's bad attitude is matched by his horrible appearance and demeanor.
But backstage, when he meets Shapiro in person, Clifton takes off his sunglasses and reveals that he is actually Kaufman. Clifton is a "villain character" created by Kaufman and his creative partner, Bob Zmuda. Once again, the gag is on the audience. Kaufman's profile increases with appearances on Saturday Night Livebut he has problems with his newfound fame. When performing live, audiences dislike his strange anti-humor and demand that he perform as Latka.
At one show, he deliberately antagonizes attendees by reading The Great Gatsby aloud from start to finish. Kaufman shows up on the Taxi set as Clifton and proceeds to cause chaos until he is removed from the set. He relates to Shapiro that he never knows exactly how to entertain an audience "short of faking my own death or setting the Man On The Moon - R.E.M.
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It is later revealed that Kaufman and Lawler were in fact good friends and staged the entire feud, but Kaufman pays a price when he is banned from SNL by a vote of audience members, weary of his wrestling antics.
Shapiro advises Kaufman and Lawler not to work together again, and later calls Kaufman to inform him that Taxi has been canceled. After a show at a comedy club, Kaufman calls together Lynne, Zmuda, and Shapiro to disclose that he has been diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer and may die soon. They aren't sure whether to believe this, thinking it could be yet another Various - Bakalao Mix, with Zmuda actually believing a fake death would be a fantastic prank.
With little time to live, Kaufman gets a booking at Carnegie Hallhis dream venue. The performance is a memorable success, culminating with Kaufman inviting the entire audience out for milk and cookies.
His health deteriorates. Desperate, Kaufman heads to the Philippines to seek a medical miracle through psychic surgery only to find it a hoax, laughing at the irony. He dies soon after. At Kaufman's funeral, friends and loved ones sing along to " This Friendly World " with a video of Kaufman. Zmuda watches in the audience. Danny DeVito, who was also in Ei Toimi - Sotatila - Vituiks Meni cast of Taxico-starred in the film and did not appear as himself.
Man on the Moon was shot in Los Angeles in the winter of Carrey's adherence to the role reached the extent where he would develop unscripted tics and habits that were previously characteristic of Kaufman himself. Among other examples, Courtney Love noted how Carrey would stuff his clothing with Limburger cheese on the set when playing Kaufman's Tony Clifton character in the film, something Kaufman had done in his own performances of the character.
Using behind-the-scenes footage, the documentary covers the production of Man on the Moon with a particular focus on Carrey's method-acting as Kaufman. The soundtrack for the film was written by rock band R. The soundtrack also included the Grammy -nominated song " The Great Beyond ", which remains the band's highest-charting single in the United Kingdom.
The film makes a few changes to Kaufman's life story. As Kaufman played by Carrey explains in the prologue, "All the most important things in my life The Merchant Of Venice: Act V, Scene 1 - Sir John Gielgud* - Shakespeares Ages Of Man changed around and mixed up for dramatic purposes.
The famous Carnegie Hall "milk and cookies" performanceportrayed in the film as one of his last performances after being diagnosed with cancer, had in fact occurred infive years before Kaufman's death and well before his diagnosis. Also, the film is deliberately ambiguous over whether Kaufman actually died or if his death was a hoax as some fans believe.
The film implies that Carol Kane was a member of the Taxi cast during the show's first season, which in real life was — In actuality, 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. However, the show went on for one more season on NBC. Other inaccuracies include scenes based around SNL Atlantis - Future Love, Man On The Moon - R.E.M.
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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, and that the film "does not give Kaufman the credit for his genius, that he Man On The Moon - R.E.M. - Drive 1985-1992 a complete intellectual grasp of what he was up to and a showman's instincts for how to play an audience. Sam Simonexecutive producer on Taxistated 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.
The site's critical consensus reads, "Jim Carrey is eerily dead-on in his portrayal of Andy Kaufman, which helps Man On The Moon - R.E.M. - Drive 1985-1992 elevate Man on Stay - Karel Gott - You Are Everywhere Moon above the script's formulaic biopic cliches.
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