Man on the Moon (1999)

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The life and career of a legendary comedian, Andy Kaufman.

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  • Jim Carrey and Courtney Love in Man on the Moon (1999)
  • Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman at an event for Man on the Moon (1999)
  • Jim Carrey and Milos Forman in Man on the Moon (1999)
  • Jim Carrey and Milos Forman at an event for Man on the Moon (1999)
  • Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon (1999)

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Cast & Crew

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Milos Forman


Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

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Did You Know?


The club owner who fires Andy after singing "The Cow Goes Moo".


Andy Kaufman: Hello. I am Andy and I would like to thank you for coming to my movie. I wish it was *better*, you know, but... it is so stupid! It's terrible! I do not even like it. All of the most important things in my life are changed around and mixed up for ...


During the scene where Tony Clifton is performing and Andy Kaufman walks out, making people believe that Kaufman and Clifton are two separate people, Clifton is played by Jim Carrey up to the point when Kaufman emerges from behind the curtain. Clifton is then portrayed by Paul Giamatti until Kaufman goes backstage, where Clifton is then played by Carrey again for the remainder of the scene.

Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the movie, Andy appears, criticizing the movie as "so stupid" and "terrible," and complains about the movie's events being changed for dramatic purposes. He then says that he has "cut out all the baloney," making the movie "much shorter. In fact, this is the end of the movie." To get the audience to leave, he cues up a record, and the end credits begin to roll, through the cast list, stunt performers, unit production manager, first assistant director, and second assistant director.

Alternate Versions

Several scenes were shot but cut. These include:

  • The cast of Taxi rehearsing with a stand-in substituting for Andy.
  • Andy responding to fan mail from some attractive girls.
  • Andy taking a girl out on a date and acting so weird she asks to go home.
  • After the Tony Clifton fiasco on the Taxi set, Andy calling Ed Weinberger and thanking him for playing along so convincingly.
  • A scene backstage after Andy "hurts" his neck at the wrestling match where his worried parents come to see if he is okay.
  • A scene towards the end of the movie at the Improv Club where Andy resurrects his Foreign Man routine and is "heckled" by Zmuda posing as an audience member.


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Biography | Comedy | Drama

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