'Bros' stars say it's time for straight people to enjoy a gay rom-com

Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane are breaking the heteronormative mold with their new romantic comedy, “Bros.”

Romantic comedy fans who have been craving a new addition to the canon that breaks the heteronormative mold will see their wish come true this month with “Bros,” the first gay rom-com to premiere by a major studio. 

The upcoming film is the brainchild of Billy Eichner, the comedic mind behind “Billy on the Street” and “Difficult People.” Eichner both stars in and co-wrote the Judd Apatow-produced movie. 

Eichner plays his typical self-deprecating, cynical protagonist, a podcast host named Bobby who has pretty much given up on finding anyone tolerable to date. That’s when he meets the gorgeous and seemingly perfect Aaron (Luke Macfarlane).

Billy Eichner as Bobby and Luke Macfarlane as Aaron in "Bros."Universal PicturesThe film, which is being released by Universal Pictures, is also the first major studio film to have an entirely LGBTQ principal cast, featuring names like Ts Madison, Monica Raymund, Guillermo Díaz and others. Universal Pictures and NBC News are both owned by Comcast NBCUniversal.

When asked during an interview Tuesday on NBC’s “TODAY” show if he felt a responsibility making a film that was an LGBTQ first, Eichner acknowledged that “there’s a responsibility there,” but he said his goal wasn’t to “sit down to write an historic movie.”


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