Billy Eichner, Dot-Marie Jones Respond To ‘Disappointing’ Box Office Flop Amid Rave Reviews. The movie’s star, co-writer and executive producer Billy Eichner said it’s “disappointing” that straight people in some parts of the U.S. didn’t go see it.
“It’s also true that a theatre chain called Universal and said they were pulling the trailer because it had gay content,” tweeted Eichner on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, that’s the way the world is.”
“Even though Bros. got great reviews, high Rotten Tomatoes scores, an A CinemaScore, etc., straight people didn’t go see it, especially in some parts of the country. And that’s sad, but that’s just how things are. Tonight, everyone who isn’t a weirdo who hates gay people should go see Bros. You’ll have a great time! And seeing this story on the big screen is special and powerful, especially for queer people who don’t get this chance very often. I really like this movie a lot.”
Dot-Marie Jones, another star of the movie told Variety at the Best in Drag Show at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles that she agreed with Eichner.
Jones said, “I don’t know if it’s because it’s…LGBTQ.”
“It’s not contagious, you know what I mean? Go see a movie.” It’s nuts.”
LGTBQ+ History: ‘There’s So Much Erasure’
In the movie Bros, Billy Eichner plays a sarcastic New York podcaster named Bobby Leiber. Bobby and his board are also trying to open the first LGBTQ+ history museum in the city. Jim Rash, Dot-Marie Jones, Miss Lawrence, TS Madison, and Eve Lindley all play characters on the board.
Bobby isn’t interested in online dating or hookups through dating apps. But when he goes to a club and meets Aaron, who is from a small town and is now a lawyer who handles wills and estates, his romantic life starts to change. Aaron is played by London, Ontario-born Luke Macfarlane.
Several of the production design elements in Bros show that the creators paid close attention to the little things. For the film’s LGBTQ+ history museum, for example, production designer Lisa Myers chose a group of people who were representative of their time and included real, historically accurate information about them.
“It was a very collaborative environment because they were very open to ideas. My first lists have hundreds of names on them.
Myers told Yahoo Canada, “We kind of narrowed it down until we felt like we had an interesting group of historical figures that covered a wide range and showed a lot of different people.” “What I ran into a lot were clearance issues,” she said. “Sometimes it’s hard to find accurate research or records about gay people in history because so much has been erased.”
“We wrote all of the blurbs ourselves, so if you like to zoom in on the screen while watching the movie, you’ll find that all of the blurbs are accurate descriptions of the historical figures. But we also needed pictures, and it was hard to find pictures.”
‘i Want This Film To Succeed On Every Every Level Possible’
With Universal Pictures, this was the first gay romantic comedy from a major movie studio. Everyone who worked on the film was very dedicated to making it great, and they did a great job.
Lisa Myers said, “I won’t take on a project unless I know I’ll be really into it, and everyone there was just as enthusiastic, if not more than I was.” “We all wanted to do what was best for the community and be very representative and open to everyone.”
“As a member of the LGBTQ community, I know that Billy felt the same way. I just wanted to do a good job of representing the community. My biggest thought was, “Oh my gosh, I have to knock this out of the park, I have to really represent the community well and show a lot of different people, and just make it a beautiful film to look at because I want this film to succeed on every level possible.”
Jim Rash, who played Dean Pelton on Community and won an Oscar for The Descendants in 2012 for Best Adapted Screenplay, also talked about how much he loved being in this movie.
Rash told Yahoo Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, “I think what’s so beautiful about this love story is that we got to be a part of something we didn’t grow up with. We got to see all this representation on the screen, and it’s still a funny movie.” “When you get together to make someone’s movie, based on a screenplay they’ve worked hard on, and then you find out that so much of it comes from Billy and what he wants to say with this movie, you rally behind that person.”
No matter how well it does at the box office, Bros is a beautiful and funny movie that everyone should see. We hope more people go to the theatre to see how great this romantic comedy really is.
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