One genius inherits the mind of another. Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey have both made their mark as titans of comedy. Both Jim and Andy possess a fearless attitude, constantly pushing the limits of performing, which many attribute their success towards. ‘Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond’ provides an unparalleled insight into the minds of both men, as comedians and beyond.
Andy Kaufman never viewed himself as comedian. More so someone that entertained an audience. His commitment to performance was so intense, that it was sometimes impossible to know what was real and what was just an act. So much so, that when Andy passed away in 1984, many people suspected that it was a just a hoax. Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Kaufman goes to such lengths, that in places, it warrants a moral concern. From the onset, Jim was willing to push the limits, and blur the line between reality and acting. All for the simple fact that, it was exactly what Andy would have done.
Throughout the documentary, Jim Carrey exposes both as an artist and an individual, discussing his thoughts on expression and happiness. And whilst Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Kaufman is truly gripping, his reflection on the experience, and his engagement with the broader questions of artistic performance and life itself, are perhaps the greatest achievement of this piece of film. A lesson that Jim learnt from his father puts it beautifully: you can fail in something that you never wanted to do, so you may as well take a chance at doing something that you love.