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Carrey Hurt in Altercation on Set

September 23, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jim Carrey suffered a minor neck injury during an altercation while filming his upcoming movie about the life of the late comedian Andy Kaufman.

Carrey and professional wrestler Jerry Lawler were filming the last scene of the movie Tuesday night when, as part of the script, the comedian spit at the wrestler, Carrey manager Eric Gold said.

Lawler then allegedly attacked the comedian known for such movies as ``Liar Liar,″ ``The Cable Guy,″ ``The Truman Show″ and ``Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.″

``Jim was immersed in the role as Andy, played it as Andy would have,″ Gold said. ``Mr. Lawler acted unprofessionally and he attacked him. He attacked him and he injured his neck.″

Police and paramedics were not called to the scene of ``Man on the Moon.″ Carrey was treated and released at a hospital.

Attempts to contact Lawler and his agent were unsuccessful Tuesday night.

Sixteen years ago, Kaufman was hospitalized when Lawler performed a ``piledriver″ move on him during a wrestling match. Later, Lawler slapped Kaufman out of his chair during a joint appearance on ``Late Night with David Letterman.″

Kaufman died of lung cancer in 1984 at age 35.

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