Even though comedian Billy Eichner didn’t get his wish of becoming the first gay suitor on The Bachelor, it looks like he may become one the first out actor to appear in a mainstream same-sex romantic comedy.
Deadline.com reports that Eichner is writing and will star in a romantic comedy about “two men who have commitment problems and are attempting a relationship.” Huh. Sounds a bit like the 2018 dramedy Ideal Home, except without the kid.
The film will be created the by the Universal movie studio and will be directed, co-written and co-produced by Nick Stoller, the British-American director behind such films as the 2008 rom-com Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the 2014 fraternity comedy Neighbors.
Comedic director and producer Judd Apatow will also produce. Apatow has produced 33 films including the 2007 teen comedy Superbad, the 2011 female comedy Bridesmaids and the 2016 Netflix comedy Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. However, this will be Apatow’s first time producing a film with an out actor in a gay role.
It’ll be interesting to see how a straight director and producer handle such content and how the film’s distribution company will market it to a predominantly straight audience. If the film does well, more gay rom-coms could be in the works. It it does porly, it might be a while before we see more same-sex comedies.
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Eichner’s a great choice for the potential breakthrough film. He is a well-known face from his Billy on the Street interviews, his lead role in the Hulu comedy series Difficult People and his appearance in the two most recent seasons of American Horror Story.
Eichner has also proved an outspoken political activist. In 2017, he boldly declared that Vice President Mike Pence is a closeted gay man, and in 2018, he spearheaded Glam Up the Midterms, a campaign to convince young Americans to vote in the November 2018 midterm elections.
And Love Simon was not the first gay ROM COM???
I didn’t realize Love Simon starred an openly gay actor.
It was, but the guy who played Simon is straight. This is about the first gay male lead of a gay rom-com in a mainstream movie.
The star of 2018’s Love Simon, Nick Robinson, is not gay. But his secret boyfriend in the movie, Keiynan Lonsdale, came out a year before the film was made as some kind of bi- or non-labeled queer.
Not by a long shot. Love Simon was about high school student which is out of touch considering the average age in United States is 38. Unfortunately gay men are mired in perpetual adolescence. In turn Hollywood feed us a diet of under 30 twinks as the focus of gay cinema.
‘…However, this will be Apatow’s first time producing a film with an out actor in a gay role….’ Not really a fan of his (Billy), but applause I guess.
Billy also stars in the Netflix dramady series, “Friends From College” as Fred Savage’s patient but exasperated husband.
Finally. Being represented by a gay actor and not a straight actor doing gay for pay.
Yay!! I love Billy
What about Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss?
PLEASE be funnier than that crap he’s doing on Netflix: ‘Friends from College’. Blech.
Ugh, sorry Billy is not a rom-com leading man. Can we get the gay man version of J-lo to star?
he doesn’t even line up his face stubble lol
Problem is Billy Eichner is a terrible actor.
He constantly looks like he just smelled a fart no matter what’s happening in the scene.
btw Billy On the Street is great and I do like him.
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