Carolla is smokin' today. Had Bob Zmuda on, talking about Jim Carrey landing the Kaufman part.
Wasn't even in the running at the start, Zmuda and Foreman wanted Nic Cage. Thought Carrey was the 'talking butt' guy and they wanted to make a serious film.
Carrey bugged and bugged Zmuda to take a look at his audition tape. Invites him over to the manse. Zmuda gets there, and Carrey has Kaufman bits from SNL on the TV. Carrey tells him he needs to go get the tape and leaves him there. Comes back 15 minutes later with a bag, turns out it's empty. Carrey then asks, how'd you like my audition? Turns out it wasn't Kaufman on SNL, but Carrey 'playing' Kaufman on SNL. And Kaufman's best friend couldn't even tell the difference.
His mind blown Zmuda heads home, when he gets there, there's already messages from Foreman and DeVito asking 'WTF? how could you give the job to Carrey?' Carrey had already sent couriered messages to them telling them that Zmuda had given his nod to him. Next day, they all called back to apologize 'Holy shit, we saw the tape.'
Cut to opening night, Cage is at the premiere. Zmuda mentioned how they really wanted him, and asked why Cage had never indicated his interest. Turns out Carrey had told Cage 'Dude, guys of our profile, we don't go around making audition tapes. They know us, they know what we can do. etc. etc.'