the homosexuality is a little uncomfortable at times, but it’s what the movie is about, so i dont have a problem with it. It’s the most pleasantly surprising long-delayed film I’ve ever seen… and that’s a true story. Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this website. From 1992, when he was imprisoned for the relatively minor charge of insurance fraud, Russell managed to escape four times from several different Texan jails over a five-year period. ( Log Out / Russell later married and had a daughter, Stephanie. Perhaps his only distinguishing feature is his mouth, which opens to reveal sharp and surprisingly delicate teeth. Sat 5 Sep 2009 19.06 EDT Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. I was out of control." Three years later, he stockpiled green felt-tip pens from prison art classes, squeezing the ink from the cartridges into a sink of water and dying his overalls the colour of surgical gowns. On March 20, 1998, Russell posed as a millionaire from Virginia in an attempt to legitimize a $75,000 loan from NationsBank in Dallas; when bank officials became suspicious and alerted the police, Russell feigned a heart attack and was transported to a hospital. Back in captivity, his escapes were from then on shaped by the single, overwhelming desire to be with Morris. , Since the movie went into production and Russell's story became more popular, several articles appeared in print and online uncovering lesser known details of his exploits. Except Russell decides that being an ordinary man isn’t what Morris deserves. Glad to know it was very true although it must be very bittersweet to be Steven Russel. He has a wife (Leslie Mann), a family, a good job as a policeman, and everything a man could want. Directed by Brian W Cook, the film followed Conway's exploits as he got his victims to hand over money and sexual favours in return for a part in his next "film". You do whatever you have to do. "I think it's a good title," admits Russell. "He's a big guy so full of himself who absolutely loves the attention," Cobbs says. He never failed to escape again, and some of these escapes are embarrassing to the authority figures who looked like fools as a result. The ridiculousness of his lover, Phillip Morris, being imprisoned for “theft of service” ie keeping a rental car too long and then mistakenly assumed to his lover’s accomplice is a subtle indictment on the Texas justice system. He's short – he's only 5ft 2 and I'm 6ft 2, and I said, 'Hold on, I'll get that for you.' But it is this unmemorable physical exterior that has proven to be Russell's greatest asset. Perhaps, then, it is no surprise the film of Russell's life, which co-stars Ewan McGregor as Morris, is being released with the self-explanatory title, I Love You Phillip Morris. In 1957, Russell was given up for adoption at birth by his mother, who had just divorced his biological father and did not want to raise a child out of wedlock. Catch Me If You Can (2002) Steven Spielberg's comedy-drama starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale Jr who, before his 19th birthday conned millions of dollars by cashing bad cheques while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a Georgia doctor and a Louisiana attorney, among other aliases. That process begins when he discovers he isn't who he thought he was. It’s simply an amazing story, one that needs to be seen to believed. I would have been more inspired if I had believed it was as asserted, a true story. He loves music." I saw him in the law library trying to get a book. Kudos to Ficarra and Requa for getting this film made and into theaters: the fact that it’s making it to theaters is a tribute to how strong the work is. I Love You Phillip Morris: The Craziest “Based On A True Story” Film Ever When I see that a film is based on a true story, I usually take it with a grain of salt. "When I lost my job, that really screwed with my head," he says. "If he ever gets out of jail, I can imagine having dinner with him.". Critics have already called it "top notch" and "an hilarious tragedy" in the vein of Steven Spielberg's 2002 hit movie Catch Me if You Can, which recounts the real-life story of con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. Like Abagnale, who successfully stole millions of dollars by posing as a pilot, an attorney and a doctor, Russell's life story is also the stuff of improbable fiction. They opened the door and let me through" – but they were ingenious. He begins conning again, and after getting millions of dollars through fraud, he is arrested again, and Morris insists on never seeing him again. Catch Me If You Can has now been adapted into a musical, which opened in Seattle last month. He smiles his crooked smile and sits back in his chair. "There's two sides to him: if he's in a group of people who don't know his identity, there's a confident part, a remarkable ability to convince them. As well as the 14 known aliases he used while fabricating bogus credentials and passing himself off variously as a judge, a doctor, an FBI agent and a bar student, he has been nicknamed "Houdini" and "King Con" for his remarkable ability to escape from prison. LKW Versicherungsexperten said this on January 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply. What kind? Carrey took me aback with his stronger scenes. ), "It was lust at first sight," says Russell now, in his first interview since the film went into production. , Learn how and when to remove this template message, I love you Phillip Morris: a conman's story, https://www.houstonpress.com/news/king-con-6571179, Ewan McGregor Cast In I Love You Phillip Morris |The Movie Blog, "The Great Escapee | Prison | Crime & Justice", "I love you Phillip Morris: a conman's story", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Steven_Jay_Russell&oldid=973185501, People from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, BLP articles lacking sources from September 2013, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Multiple successful escapes from several prisons, This page was last edited on 15 August 2020, at 21:14. Russell and Morris, who was serving a sentence for failing to return a rental car, were both released on parole in 1995. But in 1985, the death of his adoptive father triggered a personal crisis. Terry Cobbs remains "absolutely positive that his little brain is constantly turning". "I tapped on the security gate with my walkie-talkie and the guy let me through," he explains, nonchalantly. McVicker says he would not be surprised if Russell turned up on his doorstep tomorrow. All rights reserved. Does he know when the next one will fall? "I felt rejected," is all he will say now. His story has been immortalised in a film starring Jim Carrey: it had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is due to be released in the UK next year. Posted in Film Reviews Tags: Bad Santa, con men, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ewan MacGregor, gay sex, Glenn Ficarra, homosexuality, homosexuality in film, I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey, John Requa, Leslie Mann, Phillip Morris, Rodrigo Santoro, Steven Jay Russell, The Truman Show, […] Screenplay: 10. He talks in a soft, southern drawl punctuated with high-pitched laughter and looks quite unexceptional: he is bald, broad-shouldered and plump, with stubby fingers. He claims that he is resigned, now, to a future behind bars – he says that planning escapes was "exhausting" and that he no longer suffers from the extreme anxiety he would get while on the run (although he still has nightmares about being chased). ", How does that make him feel? I can't stand to be around him for too long. Carrey and Russell have never met, but the actor has heard taped recordings of Russell's voice and Phillip Morris acted as an adviser to the production. Xan Brooks applauds Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's energetic black comedy, which stars Jim Carrey as a gay con man set on living the good life with his convict boyfriend (Ewan McGregor), Charles Gant: Well, predictable when you consider that Carrey was starring in an edgy gay prison comedy and Aniston was in a romcom opposite Gerard Butler. All of his confidence goes out of the window, his voice will shake and he is a frightened little man. Based on the play by John Guare, Fred Schepisi's film told the cautionary tale of the con artist David Hampton, who fooled New York society into believing that he was Sidney Poitier's son. Ben Child: Did you find Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor's relationship believable? And yet, despite his desperate situation, Russell insists his story is not a dispiriting tale of crime and punishment. ( Log Out / He moves to South Beach, starts dating a hot guy (Rodrigo Santoro), and makes a living as a con man. "I had to completely discipline myself to lose the weight and did lots of reading up on the symptoms of Aids. He's like a little mess. "Yeah," he says finally. ( Log Out / He could have had a more prolonged level of happiness had he been able to harness his intelligence to more legal enterprises. Reblogged this on Pop! Was he scared? Finally, I urge you– do NOT read about the movie. From there, he posed as his own doctor over the telephone and received permission from parole officers to take part in a non-existent treatment programme. He grins. Fine together with your permission allow me to snatch your RSS feed to stay up to date with drawing close post. ", Russell walked to the nearest house, knocked on the door and claimed to be a doctor who had been involved in a car accident and who needed a lift into town. Did Carrey do justice to the real-life story of genial grifter Steven Russell or was he the gurning maniac of old? A few weeks later, the bogus doctor called the prison to let them know that, sadly, Russell had died. The film won seven Oscars. Private Krankenversicherung Testergebnis said this on January 20, 2012 at 9:21 am | Reply. He tells me he is "pretty happy", but there is a gap at the end of his sentences, a small exhalation of sadness, a drooping at the corner of his tired eyes that suggests otherwise. They both get parole and are released to live their life happily ever after. Jim Carrey’s best films, such as The Truman Show, Man on the Moon, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, allow him to balance his flair for slapstick with his ability to capture an honest moment. He claims not to have seen Morris, who now lives in Arkansas, for several years. Several months ago, a fellow prisoner shook him by the hand while he was being walked to his cell – it was the first time Russell had been touched for almost a decade. But unlike Abagnale, Russell's shenanigans were driven by his obsessive love for a fellow inmate called Phillip Morris whom he met in jail in 1995. Would he do it all again? Instead of feeling sorry for myself when I lost my job, I would have got another job. ", Russell's escapes were never violent – he claims, even now: "I didn't break out. Steven Jay Russell is an American con artist, known for escaping from prison multiple times. 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