Your Favorite Poisons?
Posted 14 September 2003 - 04:59 PM
Question for Peter: Do you have any clue why Andy Kaufman's Taxi character was named after a Jewish potato pancake? Also: in the very brief time you worked with him, did you see any signs of some of the odd obsessions he later developed around food?
Posted 14 September 2003 - 09:10 PM
Thank you, Ugo. (Elbling here) I only worked with Andy Kaufman twice on Taxi. I have no idea why he was named after a Jewish potato pancake or any other pancake for that matter. There was nothing potato or pancake like about him. Not did I see any obsession with food. He only came in on the first day of the table read through and then again on the day of shooting. Even on those days he would spend all of his time in his dressing room unless he was rehearsing. I do remember passing his dressing room once just as he was saying goodbye to a woman. As soon as she was out of earshot he looked at me, shook his head and said, "She was a reporter. She wanted to see the rubber room in my house. (This was where he supposedly wrestled women.) I told her she could only see it if she agreed to wrestle me. Of course she wouldn't. Thank God. I don't have a rubber room.