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Old 17-01-2007, 08:29   #1
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Man on the Moon

Saw this years ago and caught a bit on TV the other night.

My question is just how accurate is the film? I know it's not rare for film makers to take artistic licence and bend the truth for entertainment purposes.

Any Andy kaufman experts who can tell me?

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Old 17-01-2007, 08:44   #2
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my understanding was that this was a relatively faithful if perhaps overly sympathetic interpretation of his life

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Dunno about how accurate it is, but I love it!
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Old 17-01-2007, 12:51   #5
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It's mostly accurate. The only thing I know off the top of my head that isn't, is that Kaufman fulfilled his lifetime ambition of playing to a sold-out Carnegie Hall long before he was sick. In the film he does it almost as a dying wish.
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I watched the film on TV the other night too and was inspired to start scouring the net. there's quite a few vids on YouTube and Video.Google including the Jerry Lawler Slap on David Letterman. www.andykaufman.jvlnet.com has a complete timeline if you're really interested.
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It's mostly accurate. The only thing I know off the top of my head that isn't, is that Kaufman fulfilled his lifetime ambition of playing to a sold-out Carnegie Hall long before he was sick. In the film he does it almost as a dying wish.
I've not seen the film yet, does he take them all for a burger afterwards?

And does he do 'british man'? That's the funnyest thing ever.

Reads from the great gatsby for half an hour, then asks if anyone would like to hear a record. Of course they all say 'yes' out of boredom. The record he then plays is of him reading from the great gatsby.
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I've not seen the film yet, does he take them all for a burger afterwards?
Milk & Cookies, with buses at the ready for the entire crowd. That was true. In real life he then took them onto a free ferry (might have been the Staten Island Ferry, although it doesn't take too many people), and continued the show. I think it ended up a 24 hour marathon! As did...

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And does he do 'british man'? That's the funnyest thing ever.

Reads from the great gatsby for half an hour, then asks if anyone would like to hear a record. Of course they all say 'yes' out of boredom. The record he then plays is of him reading from the great gatsby.
When the record stopped, he started reading it again, all the way to the end I believe. As crazy as the incident is, as far as I know it's accurately portrayed in the film.
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The legendary Mighty Mouse performance on SNL...

Not sure if its in the film as I've never seen it start to end. Enjoy!!

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As a film I think it's very good. But comedy wise? I think it shows just how different American and british humour are.
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I think he was a very un-american comedian to be honest. He never saw himself as a comedian, he used the term 'song and dance man' I think. He was probably more of a performance artist.

He was somebody that audiences hadn't seen before. Not all of his stuff worked but he was so unusual that it doesn't matter.

Tony Clifton - what a legend!
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It's mostly accurate. The only thing I know off the top of my head that isn't, is that Kaufman fulfilled his lifetime ambition of playing to a sold-out Carnegie Hall long before he was sick. In the film he does it almost as a dying wish.
Yea thats the only thing that I can think of too.

Obviously the film doesn't have a Danny DeVito character in the filming of the taxi sequences, but thats because he was busy playing George Shapiro.

Good film.
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The legendary Mighty Mouse performance on SNL...

Not sure if its in the film as I've never seen it start to end. Enjoy!!


Was that comedy? It was just painful.

I wondered why that song was on the soundtrack.
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Was that comedy? It was just painful.

I wondered why that song was on the soundtrack.
It's all about the timing!!
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Kaufman was a genius imo, and pioneering with it.

At the start of the film Carey does mention that some stuff is made up, and some stuff shifted around - but it's all the more affecting for the Carnegie Hall moment to come later than it actually did in Kaufman's life.

A marvellous film, and one that was shamefully overlooked come awards time - Carey should have bagged an oscar nomination, at the very least, for his portrayal. Infact, he seems to be perennially overlooked by Oscar - including when Kate Winslet got a nomination for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Carey didn't.
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As a film I think it's very good. But comedy wise? I think it shows just how different American and british humour are.
True, although some of Andy Kaufman's stuff reminds me of Ted Chippington, who would repeat the same anti-jokes over and over again.
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I used to love Ted Chippington. From what i've read the film is pretty accurate and some of the Taxi stars hated Andy I can't remember how many of them are actually in the film. I think the Tony Clifton character was ahead of his time I find him quite funny now.

A bit of trivia for you. Remember the guy in the film that gets upset that Andy messes around on live TV and throws prompt cards at him? That was a true event and the guy was none other than Seinfeld's Michael Richards now famous for other events!
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Damn - I need to dig out my Ted Chippington/Fuzzbox/Nightingales 12" now!
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From what i've read the film is pretty accurate and some of the Taxi stars hated Andy I can't remember how many of them are actually in the film. I think the Tony Clifton character was ahead of his time I find him quite funny now.
That reminds me of another sadly innacurate part of the movie. Kaufman's funeral was nowhere near as well attended in reali life, particularly by his
Taxi co-stars. I think just one, one of the women, showed up. I'm not even sure if DeVito was there.
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