A new documentary takes meta to a whole new level.
If you haven't seen the 1999 movie Man on the Moon, starring Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman, take some time and go watch it. Soon. It's a fascinating and heartbreaking look at the life of a truly unique comedian.
Then, assuming you have access to Netflix (that's a safe assumption in 2017, right? It might not be in 2018, so act now...) take some more time and watch the new documentary about the making of that movie, called Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. Netflix just released it and I saw it last night. It takes you behind the behind-the-scenes as Jim Carrey shares what it was like to be in character as Andy, not just during filming, but during the entire production.
If you're interested in philosophy, identity, religion, movie-making, acting, perceptions of reality, and all those sorts of things, this "meta-documentary" (is that a word? If not, can I trademark it right now with the publishing of this post?) has all of that, and more. It gripped me from the very beginning, and to watch Carrey reflect on all of it almost 20 years later was surreal, to the point where...well, no I won't spoil it. But let's just say, it'll bend your mind just a little bit.
I'll get into the details of it in the future, but for now, spend some time with this fascinating figure, Andy.
I mean, Jim.
I mean Andy.
I mean Jim.
I mean Tony.
It's worth a watch.