Russell is actually a very intriguing character – using his undeniable genius (he reportedly has an IQ of 170) to stage unheard of efforts to get out of jail: pretending to be a judge, using green markers to dye his prison uniforms like those of prison nurses, and the most elaborate feat – faking medical results and convinces an entire medical facility that he was dying of AIDS. In fact, he successfully “died” of AIDS and would have gotten off scot-free had he not attempted to subsequently free his lover.
And he didn’t disappoint – in every scene he was in, you just can’t help staring and smiling at him. The way he walked, talked, sat, even just stood in one corner – he was so gay! From the very first scene when he slowly walked away from a prison fight and took refuge in the library, you knew he was a delicate gay. And a very good-looking gay at that. I loved it when he said, “you know what they do to blond, blue-eyed queers out there” or something to that effect, when Jim asked him why he never joined the field games.
I particularly can’t get over his “bedscene” with Jim Carrey – where he cried his heart out on Jim’s tear-stained shirt while Jim strokes his hair and hugs him on their cell bed. It was so perfect, every sob and rack of his body in tune with what I would imagine a gay to be doing at those moments.
Story wise, this movie could not have picked a more original storyline. Parts of its plot seem so far-fetched that they almost seem the product of a hyper-imaginative mind, but then, we have assurances that this story happened in real life. And while Jim and Ewan may not be front runners in my mind as a gay couple (but then, Heath and Jake weren’t too), they couldn’t have done it better.
I loved this movie so much that I was actually surprised that I haven’t seen it in any box office reports in recent times – then I discovered that this gem of an indie film could not get a distributor in the US for its gay content. Well, I don’t know about that, all I know is that this movie is infinitely better than most the flicks Hollywood has been churning out lately.
This is a movie I would highly recommended – even if the story is not to your taste, Jim and Ewan’s antics will surely elicit laughter from you.