Just for the hell of it I watched this great movie again yesterday after neglecting it for awhile in my collection, and rediscovered how absolutly brilliant Jim Carrey is playing Andy Kaufman! I love him in this movie and truly believe it's the best performance of his carreer so far, even better than his wonderful performance in 'The Truman Show' IMO. When I first saw this film, I was uttery CONVINCED that he would get his first Academy Award, and was shocked when he didn't get it! I'm glad he won the Golden Globe for it though, but he deserved Oscar gold for sure. I can't believe how much of Andy Kaufman Carrey was able to bring to the screen! The way he talked, the way he moved, and oh yes, the way he LOOKED. Just an amazing transformation. He captured Kaufman's wild eyed glare with sheer perfection. I knew I was in for a great and different film when I first saw that opening bit with the record player and the credits, it was hysterical, and I think Andy would have appreciated that. I guess i'm one of those people who got Andy's brand of entertainment, I think he was funny as hell, but i've only seen a handful of 'Taxi' episodes, but they all starred him. That whole thing with him messing with the vertical hold on his t.v. special to make people think that their t.v. was broken is something I would have done! I'll say this, I find it funny that Andy is somewhere in the afterlife laughing hysterically because people actually think he's still alive! Can you blame them!? His pranks in life were so elaborate and he would go to any lengths to pull them off, that he essentially rendered himself immortal in a strange sorta way. In the end, I think that Milos Forman has made a genius little gem of a film, and it's a shame those who don't like Andy or have never even given him much thought, don't even want to see this film. If they would just let their guard down and check it out, they might come away with a better understanding of who Andy Kaufman was. I never gave Andy a second thought until I saw this film, after that though I sought out anything I could find on him and can now honestly say I am a fan. I think it's ingenius the way he actually created a whole other person from thin air! And even more amazing, he made people believe he really exsisted! I'm referring of course to his alter ego, the foul mouthed, foul smelling Vegas lounge singer Tony Clifton. Andy screwed with people's heads, and I like that. He was loved, hated, and hated even more, particularly by women and the entire wrestling community, but what a lot of people don't understand is that it was all smoke and mirrors, he wasn't REALLY a jerk, he just wanted you to think he was. Love him, hate him, boo him, cheer him, it was all acceptable to him, just REACT! Shame on the Academy for not recognizing Jim, shame! Was he even nominated? EDIT: Man, it seems I went on about Andy Kaufman more than Jim Carrey! I guess this could double as the Andy Kaufman appreciation thread as well.