First Look: Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in I Love You Phillip Morris
Via the unofficial fan site, Jim Carrey Online, we bring the first official still from the 2009 film I Love You Phillip Morris, and it certainly is a doozie. As you can tell, it shows the two lead characters of the movie, Jim Carrey as real-life con artist Steven Russell and a bottle-bleached Ewan McGregor as Phillip Morris, on the cusp of a kiss. It certainly is an interesting choice for the studio to release this as the first photo, but I suppose the point may be to clearly set the stage for the "dark comedy." Phillip Morris is based on a true story of cell mates, Russell and Morris, who fall in love while incarcerated together in a Texas jail. After Morris is released, Russell apparently escaped four separate times in order to be with Morris.
While pitching the film for financing last year, it was described as a Catch Me if You Can meets Brokeback Mountain. Writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (the team behind Bad Santa and Bad News Bears) will co-direct the film - both their first. This is some pretty intriguing material, if you ask me, with a solid lead cast. Carrey's been a little dicey in dramatic roles (e.g. The Number 23), but this sounds like a perfect fit for him, don't ask me why. And McGregor is fantastic in just about anything. It's great that such material is drawing the likes of these two, not to mention Sean Penn and James Franco in Gus Van Sant's Milk. Both are gay-centered, but on completely opposite poles. This film is set to open on Valentine's Day of next year.
The film is based on a book written by Steve Mcvicker that you can pick up at Amazon. What do you make of this photo? Shocking enough to make you interested or instantly opposed?