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Watch: Jim Carrey Calls David Letterman on His Dumb Gay Questions — 'We Haven't Grown At All Have We?'


In a Friday night appearance promotion for his upcoming film I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey called David Letterman on a dumb line of questioning.

Asked Dave: "And, in terms of a leading man, a heterosexual playing a homosexual, do homosexuals say 'well, that shouldn't have been a homosexual' or do you worry about your image as a heterosexual leading man playing a homosexual?"

Replied Carrey: "Boy, we haven't grown at all, have we? We haven't grown at all.... We're still children in the schoolyard. Honestly. No offense Dave, for god's sakes, have you ever seen a gay man? Are there gay people in Indiana? Is it ok to be gay there, is what I'm asking. There's not a policy against gay people there or here?"


(via aksarbent)

PS - Check out the red band trailer for the film HERE.

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  1. Releasing December 3rd, of which year?

    Frickin unbelievable that USA trails the world and distributors are so stuck-up.

    Posted by: suede | Nov 22, 2010 8:22:28 AM

  2. That made me really uncomfortable.

    Posted by: TonsofT | Nov 22, 2010 8:31:10 AM

  3. can we all let out a collective roar of approval. it is well past time someone called these presumably well meaning goons out on their heterocentric posturing and pandering.

    Posted by: jack | Nov 22, 2010 8:32:12 AM

  4. Having been born and raised in Indiana, I can say with all certainty that NO, in the minds of most Hoosiers, it's really not OK to be gay in our backward little state.

    Considering how many closeted, bi-married, down-low "straight" men are here and how virulently homophobic the local government, churches, politicians, business owners and police are, you quickly understand how being gay is really not OK in Indiana, especially if you are.

    But there is a wonderful, huge gay community here, nonetheless, and Dave L. knows this.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 22, 2010 8:37:04 AM

  5. Jim Carey and every other "heterosexual" who plays gay is an actor. That's what it is all about-- pretending to be someone else. What's the big deal? Think that Dave was looking for Jim to say it was icky playing gay. I loved the undressing Dave moment.

    Posted by: Rafael | Nov 22, 2010 8:57:06 AM

  6. Thumbs up to JC. He took a moment and made a statement. I thought it was great. Like Rafael, the undressing Dave moment was excellent.

    Posted by: Island Girly | Nov 22, 2010 9:31:38 AM

  7. There was a time when I dismissed JC as a shallow clown. Over the years, he's revealed that he IS a clown but not shallow, and a man whose work is enjoyable. and he's attractive in that odd way I value.

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Nov 22, 2010 9:49:37 AM

  8. I've always despised David Letterman as ao overpaid no-talent. Ewan MacGregor was right years ago when he dismissed Jay Leno and Letterman as boring and untalented!

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Nov 22, 2010 10:18:05 AM

  9. Oh, and I agree with Rafael with his quotes around 'heterosexual' male actors. I've said it here before and I'll say it again: there is no such thing.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Nov 22, 2010 10:22:43 AM

  10. I thought Carrey was good on Living Color, but his movies were too much mugging like Jerry Lewis on acid. I thought he was good in The Truman Show and this one looks good. He did not do the usual clowning about the gay leading man thing, which he put to rest before Letterman got to ask about him kissing a guy.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 22, 2010 10:26:05 AM

  11. For those with an region free blu ray player, this movie is already available. Saw it over the wknd in the used import blu ray section.

    Posted by: ruby | Nov 22, 2010 10:35:36 AM

  12. I don't fault Letterman for asking a realistic question. It's a homophobic world out there and, rightly or wrongly, playing gay or being perceived as gay *does* worry some Hollywood leading men, especially when they actually are gay.

    Posted by: Dave Rattigan | Nov 22, 2010 10:39:15 AM

  13. Patrick NYC: You're right about his comedies, but look at his whole body of work. Two of his dramatic turns have been fantastic: Doing Time on Maple Drive and Eternal Sunshine.

    Letterman got the comeuppance he deserved. Good on you Jim.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Nov 22, 2010 10:48:50 AM

  14. Wow! I have always like Jim Carrey... but he just went to "hero" status! "I Love You, Philip Morris" and "I Love You, Jim Carrey"!

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 22, 2010 11:03:22 AM

  15. Loved the speck of dust comment, but I sort of felt the whole thing was being played for laughs. It didn't really feel like a "dressing down" or having a serious tone to it. The moment before with the "cruising", and the "do you have any gaga, paul." To me it all played out like, "the gays are kind of funny, right?"

    Posted by: Bobo | Nov 22, 2010 11:07:57 AM

  16. Dave is probably one of the more open talk show hosts there is... He's the guy that regularly gives David Sedaris whole segment s to just read from his books (Dave also produced Amy Sedaris's Strangers With Candy movie). Out of the dozen or so guest hosts he's had in almost 20 years, one was Nathan Lane. Sheesh,give him some slack!

    Posted by: YellowRocket | Nov 22, 2010 11:17:11 AM

  17. Yeah, Letterman is pretty supportive of gays - he openly supports gay marriage, for example - and like he said, it was a routine (if antiquated, as Jim Carrey rightly points out) question.

    Posted by: Anon | Nov 22, 2010 11:56:28 AM

  18. Letterman is an intelligent guy, but these hosts feel they have to play the dumb straigh guy routine over and over for American audiences.

    Posted by: niles | Nov 22, 2010 12:26:23 PM

  19. Letterman is kind of schizoid about the gay thing. Intellectually he is a liberal, but clearly he is uncomfortable with out gay people who aren't all Richard Simmons. One night Letterman will make a joke about getting too drunk at the Gay Day parade and ending up at Ricky Martin's, and then he'll go back to acting like he did with Carrey. Ironically, Letterman's World Wide Pants employee, Craig Ferguson, giddily "fakes the rainbow" every chance he gets. I love Craig Ferguson. Letterman should watch and learn.

    Posted by: EnzoInOmaha | Nov 22, 2010 2:11:51 PM

  20. Uh... if Dave is so out of line with his line of questioning, why does JC refer to this role as "risky" in his first few words?

    They're BOTH playing a game and BOTH mocking homophobia.

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 22, 2010 2:55:10 PM

  21. Carrey is right, and Letterman deserves to knocked down a peg or two. He can be smug.


    Letterman is an intelligent guy, but these hosts feel they have to play the dumb straigh guy routine over and over for American audiences.

    POSTED BY: NILES | NOV 22, 2010 12:26:23 PM


    Yeah Niles, it's all the fault of those 'dumb' Americans...as usual, right? Niles, are you liberal/leftwing? Do people like you ever realize one of the big problems liberals and leftwingers have in obtaining and retaining power in the U.S. is you CONSTANTLY denigrate and stereotype all Americans? What's hard to understand about this? If I didn't know any better, I'd believe posters like you were really neo-con trolls stirring up trouble.

    Budget $15 million
    Gross revenue $18,204,992

    Already released in France,UK,Germany and Spain. All it's grossed is 18.2, with a 15. budget? Doesn't sound like French,British,German,and Spanish movie goers are flocking to see it. Maybe it'll do better in the U.S. and Canada.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 22, 2010 3:16:41 PM

  22. @Bobn: he said 'risqué' as in sexual, not risky as in dangerous.

    Posted by: jexer | Nov 22, 2010 3:28:31 PM

  23. I feel more uncomfortable with Craig Ferguson's gay puppet than any Ricky Martin joke Letterman has ever done... I think Dave, like the South Park boys, are equal opportunity offenders.

    Posted by: YellowRocket | Nov 22, 2010 3:36:41 PM

  24. Oh yeay, Jim Carry 'defends' teh gays! JC is still responsible for many child deaths and unnecessary diseases with his incredibly ignorant crusade with his bimbo ex-wife against childhood vaccinations.

    Posted by: Mr. E | Nov 22, 2010 10:02:30 PM

  25. Mr E, its not Carrey thats responsible for any child deaths from not getting vaccinated. Though I agree that the view he has is foolhardy, I only blame the actual parents who don't vaccinate the kids, not the celebs who don't agree with it.

    We give celebs too much power in this society, and that means "we" have to take back our responsibility first to correct that. And that means putting blame where it belongs and not transferring it to people on TV or in movies.

    Posted by: princely54 | Nov 22, 2010 10:50:17 PM

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