June 28, 2022
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“I’m the variety rent,” Stoller, who’s straight, informed me.

He thought instantly of Eichner, whom he had labored with on “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” and the acerbic Netflix sequence “Friends From College.” In between seasons of that present, he known as Eichner up, suggesting they collaborate. “Undoubtedly,” Stoller remembers Eichner saying.

Eichner, talking in April from, as he put it, “Las Vegas, of all horrible locations,” the place he had simply debuted the “Bros” trailer, remembers it a little in another way. He had by no means written a film. He had by no means starred in a single. And he had come to imagine he by no means would. He had beloved rom-coms as a child. His dad and mom took him to “When Harry Met Sally,” “Fairly Lady” (yikes), “Soiled Dancing,” “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Staring up on the display screen, as a 14-year-old, Eichner remembered considering, “I might try this. I might be Tom Hanks on this film.”

However 20 years within the leisure business had taught him that as a homosexual man, the Tom Hanks roles weren’t accessible to him. And that even homosexual roles — in “In & Out,” say, or “The Birdcage,” or “Brokeback Mountain,” which “Bros” briefly satirizes — had been typically performed by straight actors. At the very least one was performed by Hanks. (Keep in mind “Philadelphia”?)

“It was simply at all times implied that my choices could be very restricted,” he stated.

Nonetheless, he agreed to write “Bros.” Though he nervous he wouldn’t have something to say. “I haven’t had many critical relationships in my grownup life,” he stated. “I’m not in opposition to them, I’m not an antirelationship individual. It’s simply not one thing that has occurred to me.”

After which one evening, a story started to recommend itself: two males, attracted to one another however each cautious of dedication, particularly as they grew up earlier than same-sex marriage was legalized. Out and proud but additionally scared and self-doubting, Bobby stumbles towards a relationship with Aaron (Luke Macfarlane), a macho trusts and estates lawyer.

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