Movie of the week: I Love You, Phillip Morris
I Love You, Phillip Morris is about a guy named Steven Russell, Carrey, and his obsession with Phillip Morris, McGregor. Whether it’s because he was bought off a mother walking out of an emergency room, or just because he likes it, he spends his life lying about who he is. After getting into an intense car accident, he decides to stop living his life as a straight man, divorces his wife, moves to Miami and starts conning a hell of a lot of people out of thousands of dollars.
After getting caught for insurance fraud in Miami, he escapes from jail twice. Once rearrested and back in prison, he meets Phillip Morris. His cons become more over the top and risky so the two can live a comfortable life together. It’s pretty intense the lengths this guy will go to.
And it’s all a true story. I didn’t believe it either, but see for yourself.
Steven Russell is currently in a Texas prison. Phillip Morris was released in 2006. The two still talk.
When watching “the making of” portion on the DVD, I was hoping to get some answers about whether it was difficult for Carrey and McGregor to act out their make-out scenes, but they don’t mention it.
McGregor does talk, though, about visiting Phillip Morris to get to know his character. He said his main goal was to play Morris realistically, not as a stereo-typical gay man. He hit the nail on the head.
Mentioned in the “making of” was my favorite thing about the movie – it’s about a con man, not a gay one. Yeah, it definitely hits you in the face with the fact that these men are gay, but the real greatness here is in Russell’s ability to smart the hell out of everyone.
The movies that make you care about its characters are the best kind.
I wish Russell wasn’t locked up for life. I wish his next parole wasn’t until his 120 birthday.
I can’t wait for him to escape again. If he did, it would be for the 15th time.
He’s just an overly-smart guy who’s in love.
He didn’t kill anyone, he just stole a shit load of money.