MAN ON THE MOON
About The Production
Films and two-time Academy Award-winning director
Milos Forman team up with the Golden Globe winning screenwriters Scott Alexander
and Larry Karaszewski to bring a distinctive vision to Man On The Moon,
starring Jim Carrey as the late Andy Kaufman, who was considered one of the most
innovative, eccentric and enigmatic performers of his time.
A master at manipulating audiences, Kaufman could generate belly laughs,
stony silence, tears or brawls. Whether inviting the audience out for milk and
cookies or challenging women to inter-gender wrestling matches, he specialized
in creating performances so real that even his close friends were never sure
where the truth lay.
Although described variously as "a nihilistic elf, a Zen guerrilla, a
dadaistic comedian and the first true performance artist," Kaufman always
preferred to think of himself as simply "a song and dance man."
Carrey, whose unique talents have allowed him to cross over from stand-up
comedy and television sitcoms into the world of film, takes on the role of
Kaufman, who grew from an Elvis impersonator to a performer who broke all the
rules. By refusing to break character or let the audience in on the joke, he
frequently pushed his art over the edge, leaving his audience alternately
baffled, and sometimes amusedâ€¦but it all was a part of the act.
Forman received Academy Awards for One Flew
Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus. Known for making provocative,
witty and deeply-felt films about complex men who have forged their own paths to
success, he most recently directed the acclaimed motion picture, The People
vs. Larry Flynt, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Since his directorial debut in 1963 with Black Peter, the
Czech-born director has earned international acclaim for such films as Loves
of a Blonde, Taking Off, Hair, Ragtime and Valmont.
Screenwriters Alexander and Karaszewski are reunited on Man on the Moon
with Forman, for whom they wrote The People vs. Larry Flynt. Their
screenplay for Man On The Moon follows the eccentric comic's life from
his television-obsessed childhood on Long Island to his untimely death from a
rare form of lung cancer in 1984. Alexander and Karaszewski received critical
acclaim for their first biopic, Ed Wood. They recently wrote and directed
Foolproof, which will be released by Universal Pictures in 2000.
most recently starred as Truman Burbank, whose life is an on-going television
series in the critically-acclaimed The Truman Show. He has created some
of the most popular and entertaining characters in modern film history. His
unique combination of improvisation, mimicry and innovation with an outrageous
style of physical comedy has captured the attention of film audiences throughout
the world in such films as Liar Liar, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The
Mask, Batman Forever, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura:
When Nature Calls and The Cable Guy.
DeVito (Living Out Loud), who co-starred with Andy Kaufman in the hit
television series, Taxi, stars in Man On The Moon as Kaufman's
manager, George Shapiro.
One of the entertainment industry's most successful filmmakers, DeVito also
co-starred in Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He most
recently starred with Holly Hunter in the J
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