Jonze's feature-film acting debut was the surreal Being John Malkovich (1999), written by Charlie Kaufman. About the same time, Jonze helped create MTV's extreme stunt show "Jackass." He also found time to act in such movies as The Game (1997) and director David O. Russell's Three Kings (1999).
Jonze's second feature, Adaptation (2002), was also written by Kaufman, who received an Oscar nod for his adapted screenplay. Jonze's next project is scheduled to be a live-action adaptation of the classic Maurice Sendak children's story Where the Wild Things Are (2005).