As the release approaches for Universal’s Bros—First studio-backed gay comedy to receive theater distribution — don’t tell Billy Eichner did not do all it could to achieve success. The film’s star and screenwriter, which was praised by stellar reviews and resonated during the Toronto International Film Festival premiere, was everywhere in support of the film, both virtual and non-fiction. literal meaning. He’s been traveling by bus, circling around late at night, back on the streets of New York, constantly posting the project on his social media channels. He doesn’t let the moment pass him. “It’s a very rare film — its existence is very rare,” Eichner told me this week. Little Golden Men (listen to episode below). “And I’m really proud of it, too.”
Bros the stars Eichner and Hallmark hunk Luke Macfarlane as two single gay men in modern New York who find themselves impromptu, slowly drawn to each other – leaving to navigate the familiar rom-com minefields of encounters, insecurities and philosophical differences, as well as the more contemporary pitfalls of the hook-up era. It’s a seamless blend of sweet blockbuster genre Judd Apatow devoted throughout his career – he’s notably a producer here – and on what an authentic rom-com in 2022 must be like.
Both accessible and brand new, Bros looks likely to produce a drop Friday at the box office, which has seen successful bows for Queen and Don’t worry, baby in the past two weeks. In our interview, Eichner dives into crafting and deploying Nicholas Stroller–Have a film orientation and strike a careful balance between a timeless story and a historical breakthrough. Eichner is right Bros is for everyone, not just LGBTQ+ viewers who are excited about the film and have made it a core part of its pitch: “I really hope everyone has a They can’t go out there to see this movie, the way they would see any other fun movie comedy in the cinema that Judd Apatow does or anyone else – because it really doesn’t make any difference. “
Vanity Fair: I feel like you were everywhere to support this movie. How was everything, just revealed and also hope everyone goes to see this movie?
Billy Eichner: It’s a whirlwind, a real roller coaster of emotions. It was thrilling though. I mean, I’ve never been a part of anything like this. It’s a very rare movie. It’s just that its existence is rare. And I’m really proud of it too. I want everyone to see it. When we first tested the film and saw positive even initial reactions to it – a lot of people laughed from start to finish, even during the earliest screenings of the film. us, but also surprised by it – I told Universal that I would do anything and everything I could to say and try to get people to the cinema, which could be a thing tough these days if you’re not a movie franchise or a superhero movie or a horror movie. I love comedies and I miss going to the cinemas to see comedies. And I like romantic comedies. I remember going to see those in the cinema.
It’s special to see the special response in Toronto, because it’s one of the biggest film festivals in the world. You have to make this huge crowd really laugh along with the movie. But I’m really curious about the other factor you’re talking about, about the movement of people. What parts of the movie do you identify as having an impact on people, that you want to actually shoot in that particular way?
I’m always amazed by what moments affect people. It’s not always what you see coming…. As me and my sweetheart, Aaron, started to bond and our relationship became more and more intimate and vulnerable and romantic, we found all those walls falling between we. It’s very sweet and feels very real and honest to everyone. Our characters begin to reveal more about our lives. It’s not always a joke. Sometimes it’s just seriousness and honesty. And I think that’s just as important, as important as the jokes, because we haven’t had a movie like this yet, not a single movie has been produced and released and distributed at this scale but rather an authentic gay romance film written by a gay man and starring LGBTQ people. I think the movie needs to find a way to acknowledge what’s exciting and joyful about this moment and this movie’s existence, but also talk about why it took so long as well. frustrations and challenges faced by homosexuals and LGBTQ people. And I don’t want to do it heavily because 95% of the time is comedy.