Oh my, have you seen the much buzzed about Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond documentary on Netflix? It’s fascinating. For years I’ve been reading about method acting and actors who stay in character during the entire shooting of a movie, but I don’t think I had any idea of how intense that was! The documentary follows Jim Carrey as he completely immerses himself in the role of comedian Andy Kaufman and things get so crazy that sometimes you can’t tell what’s real from and what’s fiction. What a trip. Jim Carrey also delves into his own life, career and spirituality. He’s such an interesting person, I loved getting a glimpse of that. It all got me thinking about the power of manifestation, fate, dreams, all that good stuff. Fascinating.
“It’s the butterfly effect, man, and I would have been somewhere completely different,” says Carrey. So true isn’t it? Aha! I’m having an Oprah moment.
A lot of actors have had a hard time recovering from equally immersive performances. A few examples are: Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now; Christian Bale in American Hustle and Shelley Duvall in The Shining, who said “Going through day after day of excruciating work was almost unbearable.” Oh, that doesn’t particularly surprise me. I mean, have you seen The Shinning? I’d be traumatised.