Update: I Love You Phillip Morris dumped in U.S. for being gay?
It seems that audiences across the world, including here in the UK, are much more accepting than those in America, or so it would seem according to those behind the recent Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor film, I Love You Phillip Morris. For the U.S. release of the film sounds as though it's been dropped.
Despite seeing releases around the world, and just finishing a run in the UK, the film doesn't look like it's going to make it to America.
Just to remind you about the plot, and the possible reason that the film isn't going to see the light of day in America, the character of Phillip Morris is a married man who is settled down with a nice job and kids, but after a car accident realises he's gay and turns to a life of conning people.
He's such a good con-man that he manages to get himself out of prison multiple times and even into a high level executive role earning a huge salary.
While in prison he meets another man who he falls in love with and...look, I think you can guess what is the potential problem here. It's because he's a con man. Oh no, America has plenty of them, just look at politics for a start. Perhaps it's because of the gay story line? Well the same could be said of the politicians again, however, I think it's far more likely that it's the gay storyline causing a problem.
What I don't understand though is why not release I Love You Phillip Morris? Why not release it, go with the publicity to sell the film to all those not outraged by the story, and help it earn something rather than nothing.
”Now a spokeswoman for the film confirms that the movie has been delayed again and in fact won't be coming out at the end of the month. She adds that there is no release date scheduled at this time.”
Surely this can't be about the gay story line? Perhaps it is because the distributor can't afford it, after all they were the only ones who picked up the film after no one else bought it at Sundance, something I find incredible to believe considering the actors involved.
If it was about the money then surely another distributor would buy it from the current one and release it across the country? This is 2010 people, we've seen Brokeback Mountain.
Update: 12/04/2010: Variety is now reporting that the film has been pushed back rather than been shelved all together, and say that it is being released on July 30th in the U.S. with a limited run and the promise of an expanded one following on August 6th, probably if there aren't rights and campaigns to have it burnt.