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Desc:How Jim Carrey got cast as Andy Kaufman to the chagrin of Universal
Category:Educational, Humor
Tags:andy kaufman, Jim Carrey
Submitted:APE_GOD
Date:05/19/10
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APE_GOD
According to George Shapiro, Kaufman's manager, Universal didn't want to cast Carrey. They wanted either Gary Oldman or Ed Norton. Carrey begged Shapiro to come over to watch his audition. While Shapiro waited in Carrey's personal theater for the tape to be delivered, a tape of old kaufman characters played. This went on for some time.

Carrey then came out and asked Shapiro. "Well, what do you think?"

It was then that shapiro realized that the tape that had been playing was the audition tape, and that he had been watching Carrey playing Kaufman the whole time.

Shapiro then told Universal if Carrey didn't get the part, he would walk.

Goofy Gorilla
That's so strange, because the first time I heard about this film I thought it was the role Jim Carrey was born to play.

APE_GOD
When budgets get to a certain size the film is literally decided by A list talent. Jim wasn't at the time. It was a pretty big deal that he got the part.

Ursa_minor
This is pretty fucking incredible.
MacGyver Style Bomb
Gotta admit that when he isn't being a total cock, the man has talent.
pressed peanut sweepings
Why did people hate this movie?
APE_GOD
Transformers 2 made over 800 million dollars.

Does that answer your question?

chairsforcheap
I know for some hipsters they didn't like the idea that Ace Ventura was playing their beloved Andy Kaufman... but most hipsters' "love" for andy kaufman is just an excuse to namedrop and sound a tiny bit cultured

CornOnTheCabre
did hipsters even exist back then? I just thought they were just called angry white men who wanted to hatefuck Courtney Love and wanted everyone to know, which yes, were probably a big part of the reason this movie didn't do too well

twinkieafternoon
It is a sin against God and a crime against humanity that Kaufman never got to experience YouTube.
twinkieafternoon
At the very least, Daniel Songer would have appealed to him.

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