There is no better way to describe the picture to the right, which is the first official still image from the upcoming dark comedy I Love You Phillip Morris, then to convey the thought of what is to come. As you can see, the film stars Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey as two men who are about to make out. In fact, what the image doesn’t tell you is that the film tells the story of Steven Russell (Carey), a married conman who finds himself in a Texas prison, where he meets a man by the name of Phillip Morris (McGregor). While in prison, Russell plans many elaborate escapes, all of which end in failure and a prolonged prison sentence. The unfortunate part is that Morris was released early, giving his lover Russell even more desire to escape.
The story is based on the real life Steven Jay Russell, who was known as the “Houdini” of Cons. He was said to be a master impersonator, impersonating everyone from a man with an advanced degree in fresh foodservice management to a Boca Raton, Florida police officer. If you ask me, he sounds a lot like Frank Abagnale Jr. from Catch Me If You Can (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), only Russell was a homosexual.
I Love You Phillip Morris is scheduled to hit theaters on February 25, 2009. It will also co-star Leslie Mann and 300’s Rodrigo Santoro. The photo above right is courtesy of Jim Carrey Online.