In the casting I didn’t see coming (but works for me) department, Ewan McGregor will play Jim Carrey‘s love interest in I Love You Philip Morris, a dark comedy based on a true story and directed by the Bad Santa scribes.
The script is apparently somewhat based in fact. It tells the story of a married conman father named Steven Russell, who winds up in a Texas prison and then falls head over heels for his cellmate Phillip Morris (McGregor). Motivated by his desperate dude love, Russell tries to escape from prison no fewer than four times, using such potentially humorous methods as dying his prison outfit to look like surgical scrubs, and faking his death from AIDS. None of them worked, and while Morris got out Russell was sentenced to 144 more years in prison for trying to get out. Whoops.
I’m a little nervous after reading that synopsis. Faking a death from AIDS via the people who brought us Bad Santa may or may not have the dark comic delicacy that won’t make it offensive (to me at least).
But there’s no doubt this intrigues me greatly, and Carrey and McGregor have certainly shown me the goods in the past, so them together in one film (and making out to boot) is a good start to Milk‘s late ’08 mainstream gay counterpart.