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article imageNegative reaction to gay movie won’t bother me, says Carrey

By Andrew John     Mar 17, 2010 in Entertainment
Canadian-American actor and comedian Jim Carrey says he will not be fazed by any negative reaction to his latest movie, in which he plays a man in a gay couple.
The film, I Love You Phillip Morris – released in the United Kingdom today – depicts the true-life story of a con artist, impostor and prison escapee Steven Jay Russell (Carrey, 48), a married man who comes out as gay and, as a result, completely changes his lifestyle.
While he’s in prison, Russell falls in love with his cellmate Phillip Morris (Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, 38).
After Morris is released from jail, Russell escapes four times to be with him.
But Carrey is prepared for any negative reaction to the film and his role in it. He’s quoted in the Hindustan Times as saying: “I don’t really care about the reaction, if there’s a negative reaction. I care about doing a story about amazing, fascinating people. It’s a true story about love, and someone’s relentlessness to find it and keep it.
“A lot of times, especially with bigger comedies, when you get a script you generally have to go out and sit in a boiler room and turn yourself into something. There are very few scripts that come through where I feel like I don’t have to do that – the character’s already realised – but this was one of them,” said Carrey.
It’s believed the film's gay content made it hard for the movie to find a US distributor, and it was subsequently re-edited.
“The film found a uniquely divisive response among critics and the public alike at [last year’s] Sundance [Film Festival],” reports ION magazine. “While many critics championed its originality, others found it uneven. Some screenings were reported as ‘crowd-pleasing’, others ‘quiet’. People aren’t quite sure what to make of Phillip Morris, the directorial debut of Glenn [Ficarra] and John [Requa] (who had previously worked as screenwriters on films like Bad Santa).
“Perhaps that’s because there’s never really been a film like it. A darkly (and occasionally wildly) comic, totally true gay love story set mostly in a prison, directed by a straight male filmmaking team and starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, two of the biggest stars out there, Morris is in a league of its own.”
According to Internet Movie Database, I Love You Phillip Morris is due for release in the UK today (coincidentally, though not a part of, the British Film Institute’s 24th annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival), having been released in the USA at the Sundance last year and again this January at Palm Springs International Film Festival. It’s due for limited theatre release in the USA in April.
It is being released in various European countries during the first third of 2010.
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