“Bros” actor Billy Eichner said over the weekend it was “disappointing” to see the lack of support for the romantic comedy he co-wrote, which follows the story of two gay men, after it struggled in its box office debut. .
“Bros” ranked fourth among movies this weekend after grossing $4.8 million, according to Mojo box office. The horror film “Smile” dominated with $22 million.
Eichner, 44, tweeted Sunday that he was “VERY proud of this movie” and listed some of his early praise, but said: “Even with rave reviews, great Rotten Tomatoes scores, an A CinemaScore, etc., people Straight, especially in certain parts of the country, just didn’t show up to Bros. And that’s disappointing, but it is what it is.”
“Everyone who is NOT a homophobic weirdo should go see BROS tonight!” he added she.
The film follows the story of two men, Bobby, played by Eichner, and Aaron, played by actor Luke Macfarlane, who fall in love despite their commitment problems. The film also has an “all-LGBTQ+ main cast.” universal images said.
Eichner, who Universal said was the first openly gay man to co-write and star in his own major studio film, recognized the importance of the film’s cast and encouraged people to see it.
“You’ll have so much fun! And it *is* special and exceptionally powerful to see this particular story on a big screen, especially for queer people who don’t get this opportunity often. I love this movie,” she said.
In an interview forWith CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti before the film’s release, Eichner discussed why he thinks it’s taken Hollywood so long to release a movie like “Bros.”
“Well, the real answer to that is that the world, including Hollywood, has been very homophobic,” Eichner said. “And it’s a complicated issue, because somehow Hollywood has often led the charge when it comes to LGBTQ issues and representation. And yet, underneath it all, I think there was always a fear that the mainstream audience , quote unquote, wasn’t necessarily ready for this kind of movie. And I think because of that, a lot of our stories weren’t told.”