Luke Macfarlane cast as Billy Eichner’s love interest in Hollywood’s first major gay rom-com
In this scene from “Bros,” the tension between Bobby (Billy Eichner) and Aaron (Luke Macfarlane) in Central Park is heightened by the fact that neither of them is the dating type. Aaron sits on the grass while Bobby spreads out a huge blanket. Bobby starts to think he’s not Aaron’s style while Aaron seems distracted by the naked dudes playing football.
Director Nicholas Stoller, who also created the screenplay alongside Eichner, explains in the sequence’s narration that the scene was inspired by Eichner’s real-life experience of taking a blanket to a park and having his date refuse to sit on it.
However, the scenario demonstrates how the two characters are growing fond of one another in both a passive-aggressive and an overtly hostile manner.
The gradual lowering of their defences was something Stoller wanted to emphasise. As a comedy, of course we had to make it funny, but we also wanted the romance elements to shine through. Aaron’s attraction to athletic, sports-focused “stupid dudes,” as Bobby calls it, makes Bobby feel threatened, so he questions Aaron about it, resulting in some pushing that matches the boys playing football.
Intimate interaction follows, providing comic relief and paving the way for the story to go in a different path with these folks. The upcoming film marks cinematic history as the first mainstream homosexual romantic comedy, and the Canadian actor will play Billy Eichner’s love interest. In Bros, we’ll follow two gay men who are starting a relationship but are having trouble committing to one other.
The film will be directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Neighbors, Sex Tape) from a story he co-wrote with Eichner, who will also serve as an executive producer. Academy Award–nominated director and Emmy winner Judd Apatow is also involved in the project as a producer. It has been two years of lobbying for Macfarlane, says Collider, and it all started with Eichner.
The gay actor is recognised for his portrayal as Scotty Wandell on Brothers & Sisters. The chemistry between his character and Kevin Walker’s (Matthew Rhys) was generally cited as one of the show’s best aspects. Before the film’s release, Eichner tweeted, “In surprising news, BROS will be the first rom com about gay men ever released by a major studio and, supposedly, I’m the first openly gay male to ever create and appear in their own studio picture.”
It just took a century. We owe a debt of gratitude to Hollywood. Recently, it was announced that Eichner would act in a homosexual romance comedy for Amazon Studios called Ex-Husbands. The story would centre on Daniel and Connor, the first gay couple in New York City to get legally married in 2015. According to Deadline’s summary, the only problem is that they’re divorcing in an even more dramatic fashion.
Daniel and Connor’s bitter, funny, and touching divorce is reminiscent of the War of the Roses. Eichner, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti/Schechter Films will produce Ex-Husbands, with Michael McGrath serving as executive producer. “The concept of a big, gay divorce comedy has been kicking around in my head for years,” Eichner said in a statement. ”
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) September 30, 2022
I cannot think of better collaborators than groundbreaking producers Greg and Sarah, and a true icon whose work I have craved and admired since I was a young gay boy lusting after show business, the brilliant Paul Rudnick who really paved the way for me and many others.” We’ve found the ideal collaborators in Amazon, who have demonstrated a great deal of enthusiasm for the venture.
Indeed, the current lineup is a virtual fantasy roster. Now, let’s get divorced!” the celebrity continued. Yes, we are excited to witness how Eichner shapes the future of LGBT cinema.