Man on the Moon script
Synopsis: Jim Carrey stars as the late Andy Kaufman, who was considered one of the most innovative, eccentric and enigmatic performers of his time. A master at manipulating audiences, Kaufman could generate belly laughs, stony silence, tears or brawls. Whether inviting the audience out for milk and cookies or challenging women to inter-gender wrestling matches, he specialized in creating performances so real that even his close friends were never sure where the truth lay.

ANDY:

(startled)

Oh!

The boy suddenly turns off, becoming introverted... awkward.

Frustrated, Stanley stares at his son.

STANLEY:

Andy, this has to stop. Our house

isn't a television station. There

is not a camera in that wall.

Andy glances over at the wall. Hmm.

STANLEY (cont'd)

(trying to cope)

Son... listen to me. It isn't

healthy. You should be outside,

playing sports.

ANDY:

But I've got a sports show.

Championship wrestling, at five.

STANLEY:

(he blows his top)

You know that's not what I meant!

Look, I'm gonna put my foot down!

No more playing alone. You wanna

perform, you GOTTA have an audience!

ANDY:

(he points at the

wall)

B-but I have them.

STANLEY:

No! That is NOT an audience! That

is PLASTER! An audience is people

made of flesh! They -- live and

breathe! Got it?!

Andy thinks, considering his options. Then, he nods.

CUT TO:

INT. KAUFMAN HOUSE, FAMILY ROOM - 1957 - LATER THAT DAY

Baby Carol sits in her crib. Andy's hands suddenly YANK her

out.

INT. KAUFMAN HOUSE, ANDY'S ROOM - 1957 - DAY

Andy hurries in and plops Carol down on the floor. She

dutifully sits there, deadpan.

Andy returns to the center of the room. He resumes his

show.

ANDY:

(as KIDDIE SHOW

HOST)

And now, boys and girls! It's time

for... TV Fun House!

(he makes an

APPLAUSE SOUND)

Hi, everybody! Are you ready for a

singalong? I'll say the animal, and

you make his sound! Okay...? Okay!

(he starts to SING)

"Oh, the cow goes........."

Carol stares, unblinking. Then --

CAROL:

Moo.

ANDY:

(he smiles, pleased)

"And the dog goes......"

CAROL:

WOOF!

ANDY:

"And the cat says......"

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. NY NIGHTCLUB - 1975 - NIGHT

TIGHT on ANDY, now GROWN UP. 26-years-old, still performing

the song.

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Scott Alexander

Scott Alexander was born on June 16, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for 1408 (2007), Ed Wood (1994) and Man on the Moon (1999). more…

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