Jim Carrey’s new documentary, which full title is Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, looks into the time when Carrey found himself lost amid a two year period playing the role of late comedian Andy Kaufman in the 1999 film, Man on the Moon.
While filming on set, Carrey played Kaufman and his alter-ego Clifton and was only to be referred to Andy or Tony depending on the day. The actor said during this time working on the movie, he completely lost all connection to “Jim.”
“I suddenly saw after I came back to myself that there really isn’t a self to come back to,” Carrey said on Tuesday according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The documentary will take you back 20 years to see never-before-seen footage of Carrey on set and interviews with the actor himself. The entire documentary focuses on Carrey realizing what a pivotal moment this was not only in his career but in his life as well.
Carrey added about realizing there’s no self to come back to:
“At least not one that’s worth coming back to, once you step outside of it. That was the incredible thing about this film. It is a really important moment of realization, of awakening, that I didn’t realize at the moment, but as time went on afterwards, I realized that the awakening had begun to the idea of there not being a self.” Carrey explained that in life, one is taught a collection of ideas, such as your nationality or family name, that you “hold onto as an anchor, but there is no boat for the anchor. That’s the hard part, if you’re kind of running around looking for an anchor your whole life when the boat never existed.”
The documentary will release Nov. 17 on Netflix.