Promoting I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey hosted last night's Saturday Night Live and appeared as the Mila Kunis character from Black Swan. Watch him get his feathers ruffled, AFTER THE JUMP.
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Jim Carrey adds a little swish to his familiar physical dexterity as con-man Steven Russell in I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS. His rubber face sad-comic mask falls hard for mild-mannered Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor), while both are in prison. Their affair prompts much elaborate scheming from Steven about how to bust them out. (If you haven't seen the Towleroad interview, check that out.)
The film's strange and gleefully offensive comic tone comes courtesy of the Bad Santa screenwriters but this time they serve it up with a fey twist. The politically incorrect gay humor is incongruously combined with genuine sincerity and even sweetness. You don't cast the dependably adorable McGregor if you're not willing to spike your booze with a little punch.
These strange twin tones result in a movie that's quite uneven (particularly in the beginning, have patience). The best mix is arguably found in the prison sequences, including one hilarious standout bit where a large inmate provides background music for Steven and Phillip's romantic evening. On occassion the movie's raunchier bits feel like something John Waters might have dreamt up had he ever had mainstream sensibilities, bigger budgets and been less honestly wed to kitsch.
Though the film is based on a true story -- it tells us that early in self-amused titles "This really happened. It really did." -- it plays like schizophrenic fantasy. Early in the film we see a group of kids laying in the grass in flashback (including the young Steven) eyeing a group of clouds. Most kids see animals but Steven spots a penis. The cloud game might be a perfect metaphor for reactions to the film. The success of any comedy, more than any other film genre, is in the eye of the beholder.
Meanwhile, on other screens, dangerously uptight ballerina Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) fights for the lead role in a new production of "Swan Lake" in Darren Aronofsky's tricked up, flipped out BLACK SWAN. What does Nina get for all those years of toe shoes, starvation, and pliés? A psychotic (swan) break , that's what.
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I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor's long-awaited gay prison romance based on the real-life story of Steven Russell, opens in theatres this weekend.
Nathaniel Rogers will offer his review of the film later today.
Towleroad's Josh Helmin sat down with Carrey to speak with him briefly, who talks about his chemistry with Ewan McGregor.
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Josh Helmin also writes the blog Josh & Josh are Rich and Famous.
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?"
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PS - Check out the red band trailer for the film HERE.
In an interview with MTV News regarding his upcoming role in the gay prison romance I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey speaks out against anti-gay bullying.
"This is a horrible thing to be bullied, and to feel like an outcast is a terrible thing. "It's just so an old thing, an old antiquated way of thinking that you can't have anymore. It doesn't belong in the new paradigm...Anybody who bullies anybody for any reason is no friend of mine. Frankly, I can't imagine hitting a human being for any reason except self-preservation, if I was attacked. Your sensibilities are different when you're a school kid and there's gang mentality, but it ain't cool."
Carrey adds: "Some of the most valuable people in my life are gay. People that bring magical, amazing gifts and contributions to my life. I would say to kids out there when they're engaging in these kinds of isolations of people, someday you're going to want those people in your life. You're going to need those people in your life, and you're not going to want that on your conscience."
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Watch the trailer for I Love You Phillip Morris HERE.
Exclusive Debut: Trailer for Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor's Gay Prison Romance 'I Love You Phillip Morris'
I think I've been following the news of this film for more than three years now. After a rocky road to distribution, it's finally making it to screens in limited release on December 3rd, to expand throughout the month.
This morning I present the exclusive debut of the red band trailer for the film (warning: it has a couple brief moments that are probably not safe for work).
Here's the plot synopsis from the filmmakers (it's based on a true story): "Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) leads a seemingly average life -- an organ player in the local church, happily married to Debbie (Leslie Mann), and a member of the local police force. That is until he has a severe car accident that leads him to the ultimate epiphany: he's gay and he's going to live life to the fullest -- even if he has to break the law to do it. Taking on an extravagant lifestyle, Steven turns to cons and fraud to make ends meet and is eventually sent to the State Penitentiary where he meets the love of his life, a sensitive, soft-spoken man named Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts him to attempt (and often succeed at) one impossible con after another."
It's based on the book of the same name by Steve McVicker.
Watch (warning: brief nsfw moments), AFTER THE JUMP...