The Bros trailer has just been unveiled. Directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow, the film worn by Billy Eichner and Luke MacFarlane will be released in theaters on October 26.
In project for several years, the romantic comedy Bros is finally unveiled with this first trailer. Written and worn by the actor Billy Eichner, the film is produced and distributed by Universal studios. It’s the first time a major studio has produced a gay romantic comedy that’s written and starred by an openly gay actor.
The feature film directed by Nicholas Stoler and produced by Judd Apatow, tells the story of two men whose relationship could potentially turn into a love affair. Billy Eichner shares the poster with Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters).
On the occasion of the launch of the trailer, AlloCiné spoke with Billy Eichner and director Nicholas Stoller.
Bros hits theaters on October 26th.
Nicholas StolleA: I had previously worked with Billy Eichner as a screenwriter for Our Worst Neighbors 2and then I hired him as an actor in the series I had created with my wife, Friends from college.
I really became aware of his talent as an actor and writer. I think he has the makings of a movie star and so I started thinking about a movie with him in the lead role.
I had the idea of a romantic comedy where two men fall in love with each other. It took us almost five years to come up with an almost perfect script.
Bros is really the first big gay romantic movie from a major studio like Universal. The cast is entirely made up of LGBTQ actors.
I believe we shot a one-of-a-kind film with scenes you’ve never seen in a studio film. There are obviously very sexual and quite graphic scenes. But there are also very intimate moments that we haven’t seen on screen before.
Usually we are dealing with romantic scenes between a man and a woman, but here it is an intense romance between two men. In addition, the tone is light and comical which gives another perspective to this romance.
Billy Eichner: The idea for me was to get to do a romantic comedy with two men that could also be enjoyed by the non-LGBTQ community. I wanted it to be realistic and authentic.
Ns : Indeed, there are some specific references to the gay and LGBTQ community but in general the humor of this film is universal. Humor is what allows us to humanize any situation our characters find themselves in and to have empathy for them, whether they are gay or not.
BE: I think that when a scene is funny, the dialogue is punchy, it doesn’t matter whether it’s in a gay “context” or not.
“The film goes beyond the usual clichés”
We’ve started doing test screenings with an audience that’s at least 50% heterosexual and they love the movie. This proves that going to see it can watch, as “straight”, a “gay” film and have a good time. I also think young people today are much more open to gay or straight relationships.
NS: This film is a look at what I call “male toxicity”. Even if it’s not said clearly in the movie, that’s what it’s about. Our protagonists are attracted to ultra-masculine men who abuse them.
BE: It’s a film about the quest for love. Everyone can identify with this challenge of finding impossible and eternal love. Bros shows that love transforms you, makes you vulnerable.
It is a look at the experience of having a harmonious relationship with another, whether emotionally or sexually. We’ve all been there. The emotions we feel are the same whether we are gay or straight.
I hope the public will have a good time with us, especially after these two years of pandemic. I believe this film will surprise you.
It was a real challenge for me to be the co-writer, producer and lead actor all at the same time. It was such a unique and rewarding opportunity.