January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

If professional wrestling can stage a comeback, why not Andy Kaufman? He’ll get his chance in the guise of Jim Carrey in Milos Forman’s Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon (due this fall). Though the tabs have chastised Carrey for being too in touch with Kaufman’s bizarro side (he reportedly stays in character between takes), co-screenwriter Scott Alexander thinks Kaufman would’ve appreciated the gag. ”It’s good that people around the production are off balance,” he says. ”People around Andy were always off balance.” Kaufman’s Taxi mates Judd Hirsch, Tony Danza, and Marilu Henner will appear as themselves, and a few characters will wonder if Kaufman really died of cancer in 1984. Says Alexander, ”Let’s just say if there’s a guy in bandages at the premiere, you won’t be able to go up and touch him.” Like we’d want to.

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