The Gayest Nongay Movie Ever Made

Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor getting hot and heavy? Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa said they wanted to go all the way and then some with their comedy I Love You Phillip Morris.

BY Corey Scholibo

January 21 2009 1:00 AM ET

I Love You Phillip Morris premiered Sunday
night to a packed house and a gaggle of onlookers as its
stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor made their way into
the theater.

In the film,
Carrey plays con man Steven Russell who, after being married
to Debbie (Leslie Mann), suddenly reveals he's gay. He moves
to Miami, takes Jimmy (Rodrigo Santoro) as a lover,
and starts to con people in order to keep up with his
lavish lifestyle. When he is caught and sent to
prison, he meets Phillip Morris (McGregor). The two fall
instantly in love and, when Russell is released, he
poses as a lawyer to secure Morris’s release.
They set up house and Russell successfully poses as the
CFO of a major Texas banking company while simultaneously
stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. When he is
caught and sent to prison, he escapes to be with
Morris -- multiple times -- so many
times he becomes an embarrassment to the Texas
corrections system.

Oh, and the
entire story is true. The film is a prison movie, a caper, a
romantic comedy, and somehow the gayest non-gay film ever
made. Writers and directors Glenn Ficarra and John
Requa sat down with Advocate.com at the Queer
Lounge following a panel to explain just what that
means.

Advocate.com:You said in your press conference today that you want
to skip past the issue of being gay. Which I think this
movie really does. It’s not that gayness is
incidental, because it is important to the plot, but…
Glenn Ficarra: But it's not about the gay
experience. I wanted to say when that guy on our panel was
talking about Obama and "post-racial" America, we get
written as being "post-homophobic" America, [but] we
were blindsided by the whole Prop. 8 thing in
California. We thought we were smooth sailing. I wonder
if it will have some meaning there.John: Our sincere hope is that people see the
movie and realize that they just need to get over it.
[Laughs] It is a tremendous amount of time and
effort wasted on what people do with their junk. They are
just two people in love. There is never any mention of
them being gay. It just comes natural to them as it
did with the real guys. I mean, I don't know, but when
two gay guys meet, they don't sit there and pontificate for
hours about the climate of homosexual culture in
America. They just think, Wow, this guy is cute and I
like the way he thinks,
and boom. Just as it
is in any relationship. We are just trying to get past
that in our film, because we are past that and
obviously we think the world should think the way we do.

A lot of times, when movies like this are made, the
scenes like you have of anal and oral sex -- shown both
as comedic and romantic, just as in life
-- are cut, or never written. I am curious,
Was that ever something you were thinking about?
John: It wasn’t, because we said, "If
that can't be part of this film then we don't want to do
it." We were going to take this on, we are going to
treat it as a nonissue and be casual about it, and
that was our precondition and we are not going to be
second-guessing ourselves without any holding back.

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