First Look: Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in I Love You Phillip Morris

August 26, 2008
Source: Jim Carrey Online

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.

I Love You Phillip 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?

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Reader Feedback - 29 Comments


First of all, why is everyone in hollywood going so gay? And does this have anything to do with the cigarette company Phillip Morris?

The Real Alex on Aug 26, 2008


Gus Van Sant!!! Anyway. I dont like McGregor playing an American. Does anybody knows if this Mcvicker novel is good? I might buy it, but a recommendation would be fine. Thanks.

Mario Tenorio on Aug 26, 2008


@ the real Alex, What do you mean why is everyone in hollywood going gay the only other movie with homosexuality that i can think of is the upcoming milk movie.

CHICKImonkey on Aug 26, 2008


Gag me. on Aug 26, 2008


I can't wait to see this movie. I hope they have a hot love scene.

TarheelDude on Aug 26, 2008


@#3 ~ Brokeback Mountain, Monster (Charlize Theron), I'm sure there's more movies but can't think of them atm. I don't have a problem with it but tbh it's being overdone and it's becoming a way for actors/movies to get more publicity out of it by saying that there's a homosexual scene involved. Pretty lame.

Diego on Aug 26, 2008


Pretty, pretty gay. PRETTY, PRETTY gay.

dustyman on Aug 26, 2008


grow up gay bashers

not gay on Aug 26, 2008


Wow, it took 7 posts before a "bashers" post appeared. Vic on Aug 26, 2008


I like Jim Carrey better in dramatic roles.

Zach D. on Aug 26, 2008


Damn I hate the movie all ready

??? on Aug 26, 2008


When can there be a lesbian movie!!? ... with two hot lesbians!..... ... dammit!

LW on Aug 26, 2008


@ #12...have you seen Bound? One of my favorite movies!

Kevin Powers on Aug 26, 2008


the majestic was great. that was a great drama with jim carrey.

Darrin on Aug 26, 2008


i dont know the plot sounds interesting but jim carrey looks too old in this picture... no? i always preferred carrey in dramatic roles than his comedic antics... the film might turn out to be quite good...

Viral on Aug 26, 2008


Al right, I'd say give it a chance, don't be closed minded, let the mind fly.

Xerxex on Aug 26, 2008


To #13 With Jennifer Tilly? yeah, seen it.

LW on Aug 26, 2008


I don't think people are trying to be or sound like gay bashers. It's just annoying that actors have to play a homosexual role as an excuse for them to say "I'm a great actor, I played a homosexual" or the media also does this and pumps up the film just because the actors are playing a homosexual. If anything I'd be more offended at that since they're making homosexuality seem like some kind of weird outer space thing. If you think about it, it's sort of like Robert Downey Jr. playing a black character in Tropic Thunder. Everyone talked more about that than the actual film.

Diego on Aug 27, 2008


You're dead on about McGregor. I can't think of any film I've seen him in where he hasn't shined. This story sounds above-average, but it seems to me it might work better as a comedy. Maybe I'm just thinking that because Carrey's in it.

kevjohn on Aug 27, 2008


I thought this was supposed to be a comedy, not a drama.

Ryan on Aug 27, 2008


I was just thrown off a bit when he mentioned the shaky work Jim Carrey's turned in in other dramatic roles. You are right, it does say this is a "dark comedy", my favorite kind of comedy. This just got a little more interesting to me. 🙂

kevjohn on Aug 27, 2008


INSTANTLY OPPOSED. thanks for asking.

lulu on Aug 27, 2008


And how many movies have a straight theme? I don't see any problem in providing a little diversity considering the world we all live in now, we can hardly say it's been over done.

Corey on Aug 29, 2008


I'd rather see McGregor kiss someone else. Not crazy about Carey. But then again, that's not what the movie is all about. It's a true story, isn't it?

fran on Aug 31, 2008


I love Ewan Mcgregor 😀 I cant wait to see this film!

Mel on Sep 4, 2008


I think this is going to be a really great movie. I had a great time being a background for this one. I was a Houston S.W.A.T. team member, a prisoner and a Virginia Beach Police Officer. From the Shots I seen I think it will be a great film......

donavon on Sep 18, 2008


I like both McGregor and Carrey, but the movie itself doesn't interest me. I get no thrill from watching two guys (or two girls, for that matter) make out. I like Carrey in comedy and McGregor with the likes of Nicole Kidman or Renee Zellweger...or in his motorcycle adventures.

Norma Beishir on Oct 28, 2008


my god, what is this world coming to? we have children to raise, it takes a village to raise a child. ok, so we dont let them watch it. you all know we cant control everything and u can best beleive that children who have caring and cautious parents trying to raise children to gods standards is going to get a hold of this film. im upset about it and no wonder why children are confused! its getting worse! it also comes from music (girl on girl) and songs like lolli pop, WTF! im tired of it! excuse the language but im pissed! dont have gay phobia, they are alright with me but please give our children a chance to make their own decisions without the pressure of all the negativity you see and hear! please stop it! do you all know how many conversations i have to have with my daughter on a daily basis? i lost count! directors, producers, editors, writers, singers, help us parents! think before you do, it takes a village-y is that so hard to understand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i know im gonna get negative responses from this but it doesnt matter cause i was able to express myself. when i heard about this movie i was so disappointed! and hell no i will not make a movie that i do not believe in for any amount of money!!!!!!!!!!!! God is watching! i have to think about the sins i already carry and dont want to add anymore! people think of the now life and not the after life. wake up people! im trying to myself with other issues, but this stuff for the whole world to c, keep it in the closet, like i do with my sins which by the way i just so happened to pick up by the entertainment world and how people responded to it! STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maddox on Feb 26, 2009


Carrey's been a little dicey in dramatic roles... and you pick 23. Great way to pick the point, choose his worst film, lol =p What about ESOTSM? The Majestic? Truman Show... I'm hoping this would be another addition to that collection. Can't wait for it to come out...

Maha on Nov 21, 2009

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