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Jim Carrey’s ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ hits DVD

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: If you missed the drama ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor – which was easy to do since it never got past limited release – now is your chance to catch it on DVD.

The film focuses on a love affair between a con man (Carrey) and his cellmate (McGregor). Carrey’s character commits all kinds of crazy misdeeds, like breaking out of Texas prisons four times, to be with his lover.

Carrey played Steven Russell, a man who 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.

Steven 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 (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.

‘Morris’ premiered to raves at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 but was stuck in a prolonged distribution nightmare. It finally hit theaters Dec. 3, never made it into wide release, and grossed just under $2 million domestically.

In an interview with ‘Parade’ magazine, it seemed clear that both actors went into the project with commitment and open minds.

Carrey said starring with McGregor was “a dream come true. I mean, look at the guy. I have to say, he is a great kisser. As Ewan said, ‘When you’re kissing another guy it can get a little prickly.’ Actually, you had to put out of your mind your own sexual preference and just try to understand that you were loving another person who just happens to be a guy. It wasn’t about male or female, love is love.”

McGregor told the ‘Los Angeles Times’ that not only did he not mind kissing Carrey, he “quite liked it.”

“It’s a love story, an escape movie and a comedy, all about this man who goes to incredible lengths to be with the man he loves,” he said. “I like it because it’s a gay film, which is to say it’s a film about two men in love, and I think that’s an important element of it. But it’s not a film about them being gay. They just happen to be gay. I also got to French kiss Jim Carrey a lot, and I quite like that too.”

I saw the film at Grauman’s Chinese 6 in Hollywood in December with a friend who really hated it.

To read more about this article go to Greg In Hollywood.

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