The rollout for the brand new romantic comedy “Bros” hit a tough patch this week after actor and co-writer Billy Eichner drew backlash over feedback many felt had been dismissive of different LGBTQ-focused initiatives.
Due out Sept. 30, “Bros” has been broadly touted as a historic achievement in Hollywood. The film is directed by Nicholas Stoller, whose credit embody mainstream hits like “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Neighbors,” and appears poised to be a breakout for Hallmark Channel heartthrob Luke Macfarlane as Eichner’s love curiosity. The principal forged is made up completely of LGBTQ actors, who play each queer and heterosexual characters.
Chatting with Selection, Eichner opened up in regards to the “rare and magical” expertise of creating “Bros,” which has drawn comparisons to rom-com classics like “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” ― albeit with a same-sex couple as its point of interest.
“Hollywood took a century to make this film,” he advised the publication in an interview revealed Wednesday. “That’s not my fault — that’s Hollywood’s fault for taking this fucking long.”
“And this is not an indie movie,” he continued. “This is not some streaming thing which feels disposable, or which is like one of a million Netflix shows. I needed to appreciate that ‘This is a historic moment, and somehow, you’re at the center of it. You helped create it.’”
Eichner’s remarks obtained a blistering response on social media from a variety of LGBTQ media personalities. Some perceived the feedback as a dig at Hulu’s “Fire Island,” a queer romantic comedy starring Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang that was launched in June.
(Yang, coincidentally, has a small position in “Bros.”)
“I would love to root for this movie, but they are not making it easy,” Gawker’s Olivia Craighead wrote. “Is it good? Who cares! It’s important that you see it, or else queer cinema will be left to wither and die on streaming services or, heaven forbid, be produced by smaller companies and go on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.”
Others pointed out that Eichner had appeared to additionally neglect about 2020’s “Happiest Season,” which starred Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, and had been supposed for a theatrical launch earlier than producers determined to unveil it on Hulu because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Wednesday evening, Eichner had clarified his feedback, noting on Twitter that he hadn’t supposed to downplay “the quality or monumental impact” of streaming content material, however merely to emphasise “the way that, historically, LGBTQ+ content has often been considered niche and disregarded by Hollywood.”
Earlier than it hits screens nationwide, “Bros” will make its world premiere on the 2022 Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant later this month.