Actor Jim Carrey has poked fun at David
Letterman for his concern over a straight man playing a gay role.
The 48-year-old Carrey stars opposite
Ewan McGregor in the upcoming gay-themed film I Love You Phillip
for release in the United States and Canada on December 3.
In the film, Carrey plays Steven
Russell, a gay man who falls in love with his cellmate Phillip
Morris, played by McGregor.
In an appearance on CBS' the Late
Show with David Letterman, Letterman expresses concern for
Carrey's professional reputation.
After praising the film, Letterman asks
his guest: “Do you worry about your image as a heterosexual leading
man playing a homosexual?”
“Boy, we haven't grown at all, have
we?” Carrey responds. “We're still children in the schoolyard.”
“Honestly, no offense Dave, but have
you ever seen a gay man?” he asks.
Letterman shook off the heckling and
said he was only asking “what seems like a fairly routine
“Well, I think it's OK,” Carrey
finally answers. “Whatever people want to do, it doesn't matter to
me.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)
an earlier interview with MTV News, Carrey spoke out against gay