Damn, I lost control again. To him.
–Jim Carrey, “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond”
There is method acting, and then there is flat-out spiritual possession. The new Netflix documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond gives an extensive behind-the scenes look at the making of the 1999 bio-pic Man On The Moon, starring Jim Carrey as the late iconoclastic comedian Andy Kaufman.
By the end of this documentary you may not be able to say with 100% certainty that Carrey was possessed by the spirit of Kaufman during the making of this film. But you will be convinced that something had happened.
There is no meaning to any of this. I wanted to find the most meaningless thing I could find to come to and join, and so here I am…(interrupts interviewer) I mean, you gotta admit, it’s completely meaningless.
I write about Jim Carrey quite a bit on this site, and I just stumbled upon recently what was, at the time, considered to be one of his biggest bombs: 1996’s The Cable Guy. Which, especially seen in the context of today’s culture, isn’t such a bad movie and is actually somewhat relevant.
I suppose at the time The Cable Guy was very jarring to critics and Carrey fans, mixing humor with very sudden and tonally-different dark moments; including an ending that is somewhat unexpected, stark, and ideologically-charged (spoilers).
But now the site Gossip Cop claims that Carrey’s rep exclusively talked to them and has denied the actor’s involvement in any such film. Further, the rep denies that Carrey made any of the statements quoted in the McKennite article.
As an aficionado of the “23 Enigma,” I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never actually seen the 2007 movie The Number 23. I’m not sure why I’ve avoided it, exactly. I mean, it was sort of panned when it was released, and I’ve managed to put the fact that it was directed by Joel Schumacher out of my mind until I finally spun the DVD last night (and thus, couldn’t back out of it).
But I’ve now indeed seen it…and while I can’t say it is an especially great movie, it is certainly chock full of esotericism and general weirdness. I might even classify it as a “cursed” film, though I need a little more follow-up and evidence to officially make that claim. So let’s take a look at The Number 23, released ten years ago on my birthday, February 23.