Monday, November 29, 2010

The Real Phillip Morris and Steven Russell; How Jim Carrey Figured Out The Character

Steven Russell (top) and Phillip Morris
(Photo: George Hixson)


Update: Pink News interviews Steven Russell in a Texas prison.
The New York Times reports on the making of "I Love You Phillip Morris:"
While preparing for the role, Carrey said he spoke to gay friends, read the writings of the activist Larry Kramer and watched “safe-sex instructional videos.” But he added that the central question remained, as it does with most of his parts: “What lie does the person believe about themselves? Even if it’s an absurd character, there’s a belief system.”

In Mr. Russell’s case Mr. Carrey attributed his behavior to “a severe case of abandonment.” (In the film Steven learns at a young age that he was adopted, and as an adult he’s rebuffed by his birth mother.) “That forms a grandiose personality,” Mr. Carrey said, “a need to constantly prove yourself.”

12 comments:

  1. I just saw the movie and I can not believe this is a true story, Oh my god this man is amazing. he just couldn't stop conning. I love you phillp moris indeed.

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  2. my goodness this man was so crazy
    but you amaze me for what you've done
    for your one and only philip

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  3. amazing story :)
    Steven Russell sure has an egregious mind

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  4. GREAT movie. GREAT story.

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  5. I think he is going to get out

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  6. How could he possibly receive such a hard sentence for what he did? I mean really, Texas??? People have been sentenced for 4 years & less for murder charges in Texas. This is obviously a situation where Russell truly offended/insulted Texas which is (perhaps) the real reason for such a harsh sentence . . . Russell, is not a murderer and while [yes] he should serve time to pay for his crimes, it should not involve the [personal feelings] of the Texas judicial circuit courts.

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  7. Just finished watching this movie, and after it ended I paced my room, cried the hardest I've cried in a long time, and kept talking to myself about how the best people have the worst luck. I'm a 14 year-old closeted bisexual girl, and I'm deathly afraid of coming out. But after watching this movie, I realized that once you love someone THIS much, you can't give up. Their story makes me so upset, thinking how they'll never get to be together(even though they most definetly SHOULD!) The thing that makes me the saddest, though, is that Steven is most likely going to die alone. I'm not afraid of dying, I'm just afraid there's not going to be anyone with me when it happens.

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    1. Don't feel that way! You are young and soon you will find out you have the strength within you to do anything!!

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  8. To the girl who posted on July 25th: It gets better. Be careful who you reveal your true self to in Junior High or High school, as people can be exceedingly cruel when it comes to anyone who is special, talented or different during their teenage years. Don't sweat who you will end up with - you fall in love with who you fall in love with. Just stay true to the core of who you are and stay confident in that. Don't let anyone or any religion convince you there is anything wrong with you. You are perfect, just as you are. :) I am a 35 year old bisexual girl who has been there. It gets better. I promise.

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  9. that is One TRUE LOVE... but why life imprisonment? Just isn't fair. All he did was for love... GAY what not, we are just human... he does not killed, he JUST LOVED...

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  10. all the way he gone through this to live happily with him, nothing else...
    Wow this is real love,can't belieive it...

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