It’s ‘Black Swan’ vs. ‘Phillip Morris’ in Same-Sex Kiss Showdown!
This Friday, December 3 will mark a momentous clash at the box office, an unprecedented event that will draw a lasting line in the sand: Do moviegoers prefer to see man-on-man kisses or girl-on-girl?
That’s the question being asked by Hollywood this weekend in the shadow of I Love You Phillip Morris and Black Swan, both out Friday and both featuring highly publicized same-sex hookups between their lead actors.
Jim Carrey spoke jokingly to Parade about his emotions surrounding kissing on-screen lover Ewan McGregor for Phillip Morris: “A dream come true. I mean, look at the guy. I have to say, he is a great kisser. As Ewan said, ‘When you’re kissing another guy it can get a little prickly.’ Actually, you had to put out of your mind your own sexual preference and just try to understand that you were loving another person who just happens to be a guy. It wasn’t about male or female, love is love.”
Although originally meant for release in 2009, the film’s date was postponed several times by distributers because of uncertainty about how American audiences would react to the gay aspects of the film. Ultimately, it was re-edited to remove the more explicit content.
Black Swan takes the same-sex mingling a step further with a full-on sex scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. In a separate interview with Parade, Kunis revealed what filming the scene was like: “We knew it was going to attract attention. We were just hoping that people would walk away after seeing the movie not just isolating in their memory that scene when we have sex. I think it’s important to the story. It wasn’t done for shock value, but we weren’t looking forward to it.”
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