Actors Jim Carrey and Rodrigo Santoro
joined the real life Phillip Morris at the New York City premiere of
the gay-themed film I Love You Phillip Morris, which
opens nationwide on December 3.
Also at the Monday screening were
directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.
The film is based on the true story of
Steven Russell (played by Carrey, Liar Liar) and his
improbable transformation from small-town businessman, father and
former cop to gay white-collar criminal and ingenious jailbreaker.
While in prison, Russell falls in love with his cellmate Phillip
Morris (played by Ewan McGregor, Star Wars).
Thirty-five-year-old Brazilian hunk Santoro (Charlie's Angels:
Full Throttle, 300) plays Jimmy, Russell's first boyfriend. (The
film's trailer is embedded in the right panel of this page.)
The movie premiered at the 2009
Sundance Film Festival in Utah. It has already been released in
major markets around the globe and has reached DVD in some regions.
But its U.S. premiere has been postponed four times since February.
In an appearance on CBS' the Late
Show with David Letterman, Carrey
ribbed Letterman for asking if he worried that playing a gay
character would tarnish his leading man image.