Queen Latifah and Taylor Lautner aren’t the only things gay in Valentine’s Day, the upcoming flick starring Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Emma Roberts, Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher, George Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace, Shirley MacLaine, and, probably, your mother. So too is the romance between the characters played by Bradley Cooper and Eric Dane. But, shock of all shocks, Warner Bros.’s New Line Cinema unit opted not to bring that up in the trailer being pimped to moviegoers.
Valentine’s Day is 2010’s answer to He’s Just Not That Into You (which also starred Cooper), the Warner Bros./New Line flick that cleaned up at the box office over Valentine’s Day 2009, with a $94 million domestic take. But whereas the gays in He’s Just Not That Into You were relegated to playing BFFs, Valentine’s Day‘s gays will have starring roles!
But ticket buyers won’t know that in advance, thanks to the gay-neutered trailer that’s still erily predicable from Hollywood. Instead of Cooper and Dane’s romance (Dane, photographed while filming, plays a closeted football player), viewers are led to believe Cooper and Roberts’ characters are smitten.
Earlier trailers, too, were absent the gay love story:
Does this mean gay moviegoers are going to skip the film? Of course not. We did mention Dane plays a closeted gay footballer player, right?