In I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey plays a gay con man who falls in love with his prison cellmate (Ewan McGregor). Oddly, the film had been shelved indefinitely, but now might hit theaters this summer.
Written by Bad Santa screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the film is a dark dramedy based on the true story of Steven Jay Russell (Carrey) who gets sent to prison for insurance fraud, and subsequently falls in love with his cellmate (McGregor). Already released in Europe and Taiwan, the critical reception has been positive. However, for some reason, its status of a release date in America has been shaky, being bumped from March to April to indefinite, and now possibly at the end of July. With straight actors playing gay roles being such a trend (and Oscar bait), it's puzzling that the film has been struggling to find its place in U.S. theaters. Maybe it could be that Jim Carrey's interpretation of a gay man falls right in the middle of his range as Ace Ventura and Liar Liar, which could confuse American audiences who've weirdly come to equate gay men as tragic (Brokeback Mountain, Milk, etc.) rather than funny.
Jim Carrey's Gay Prison Movie to Come Out After All? [NY Mag]
'I Love You, Phillip Morris' delayed indefinitely: You can't put Jim Carrey in a corner...can you?
by Mike Bruno [EW]
I Love You Phillip Morris at the Sundance Film Festival, Utah [The Times]
I Love You Phillip Morris: 'Fast, funny and rather daring' [The Guardian]