Man on the Moon (2000)
Welcome to the final installment of wrestling week here at TVE. Man on the Moon is not a wrestling movie really, but a good portion of it is devoted to Andy Kauffman, who was an ahead of his time comedian and avant-guard provocateur and his dabblings in pro wrestling. It all started out with him wrestling women as a comedy skit, and evolved to him actually taking the act to actual wrestling arenas in the Tennessee area in the early 80s. He did a series of hilarious interviews explaining to the “backwater hillbillies” of the area, which made up the local wrestling audience how to both use, and pronounce, soap. This lead to his only feud with a male grappler, local legend Jerry “The King” Lawler, who would go on to infamously slap Kauffman on the tonight show. The funny part of all of this is that in real life Kauffman and Lawler were good friends and enjoyed “working together” while on the set of this movie, Jim Carrey who was playing Andy, was such an unbearable jackass to everyone that Lawler wound up roughing him up worse than he actually had Kauffman in the original outings. Aside from the wrestling content, this is a really good movie and tribute to a truly strange and unique individual. The performances are all solid, and it leaves you with a fond appreciation for a man so fond of practical jokes that many to this day believe that he had to have faked his own demise. One word of advice, when watching a movie of a recent pop culture figure, never compare the actual event to the movie depiction as I did here with many Kauffman moments. Even the best movies can never duplicate the feeling of real life, and comes off cheap and lame next to it. Just taken by itself as a movie though, it is fine.