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.

DRUNK AUDIENCE:

MEOW!!

WIDE - It's a small, hip New York nightclub.

ANDY:

"And the bird says..."

DRUNK AUDIENCE:

TWEET!!

ANDY:

"And the lion goes..."

DRUNK AUDIENCE:

ROAR!!

ANDY:

"And that's the way it goes!"

(he grins)

Thank you. Goodbye!

Andy waves and bows. There's faint scattered applause.

Andy sighs. An irritated MANAGER steps onstage. He shoots

Andy a disgruntled look, then takes the mike.

MANAGER:

The comedy stylings of Andy Kaufman,

Ladies and Gentlemen!

In the b.g., Andy starts packing up his props: Hand puppets,

conga drums, a phonograph... it all goes into a big bulky

case.

CUT TO:

INT. NY NIGHTCLUB - 1975 - LATER THAT NIGHT

The club is empty. At the bar, the manager cleans up. Andy

eagerly comes over. Offstage, his presence is soft, placid

-- his voice barely above a whisper.

ANDY:

So, Mr. Besserman, same slot

tomorrow...?

MANAGER:

(awkward)

Eh, I dunno... Andy. I'm...

thinkin' of letting you go...

ANDY:

You're firing me??

(beat)

You don't even pay me!

MANAGER:

Look -- I don't wanna seem

insulting. But... your act is like

amateur hour:
Singalongs...

puppets... playing records...

A stunned beat. Andy is hurt.

ANDY:

What do you want? "Take my wife,

please"??

MANAGER:

Sure! Comedy! Make jokes about the

traffic. Do impressions. Maybe a

little blue material...

ANDY:

I don't swear. I -- I don't do what

everyone else does!

MANAGER:

Well, everyone else gets this place

cookin'! Pal, it's hard for me to

move the booze when you're singin'

"Pop Goes The Weasel."

Andy stares, disheartened.

MANAGER (cont'd)

I'm sorry. You're finished here.

An uncomfortable beat -- and then Andy starts crying.

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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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