The phrase "truth is stranger than fiction" applies to few stories more perfectly than that of Steven Jay Russell, a gay con man who has escaped from prison multiple times by simply walking out the door -- through different means of disguise. Nearly every time that he was caught on the run, it was because of his love for another inmate, Phillip Morris, from whom he just couldn't stay away. This amazing and oftentimes downright bizarre tale of duplicity and Big House romance is brought to the big screen with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's hilarious black comedy 'I Love You Phillip Morris,' in which Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor star, respectively, as the great escapee and his object of affection.
Based on the book by Steve McVickar, a journalist who'd previously covered the ongoing story for the Houston Press, 'I Love You Phillip Morris' is actually surprisingly faithful to the truth, for the most part (and as far as we can believe that what Russell told to McVickar is indeed the whole truth). Producer Andrew Lazar admits that "obviously we've taken dramatic license" and Requa acknowledges that "we had to mix-n-match and move stuff around," yet as the opening title claims, pretty much everything in the film really happened. It really did.
They just might have happened a little differently, chronologically or with greater detail. So, not to nitpick, but we take a look at some of the significant parts of the adaptation and clarify any contrasts with how things really really occurred.