COMEDY Man On The Moon (15) 119 mins

Comedian Jim Carrey impersonates comedian Andy Kaufman

You may not know much about Andy Kaufman, but in America he’s known as one of the most infamous comedians ever (REM have written two songs about him). Practical joker's a better way to describe Kaufman he was also known variously as a 'nihilistic elf’, ’Zen guerrilla’ and ‘dadaistic comedian'. So much was this the case that, though he died in his 305 of cancer, Kaufman is widely believed to have faked his funeral and shacked up somewhere with Elvis Presley.

Presley was, coincidentally, one of people Kaufman impersonated on stage in brief, spontaneous and uncannin accurate explosions before retiring back into his shy, awkward persona, the Foreign Man. And Foreign Man is how UK audiences best know Kaufman, thanks to his appearances renamed Latka Gravas the garage mechanic in the TV series Taxi.

But that’s the tip of iceberg. The more famous Kaufman became the wilder his pranks would get: there’s the reading of The Great Gatsby, on stage, in its entirety, beginning with the copyright info; there’s the brutal wrestling of women live on TV; and his hideously offensive nightclub singer pal Tony Vegas.

There’s more, much more, but the less you know of Kaufman's career the better. Working again with his Larry Flynt screenwriters, director Milos Forman mirrors Kaufman’s infuriating practical jokes with his own on film. Finally, the casting of Jim Carrey as Kaufman is genius (and Danny Devito playing himself ain't bad either). It's a straight role, really, one that Carrey took so seriously he did all his interviews at the time of the film's release in character. What a joker. Superb. (Miles Fielder)

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