The John Lithgow. The Alfred Molina.
No, these aren’t two new sandwiches at that deli with all the celebrities’ headshots on the wall in Midtown, they’re something much more delicious. Because let’s face it, that place has gone downhill.
To mark the DVD release of the romantic drama Love is Strange starring Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as a gay New York couple who, after 28 years together, finally marry in City Hall, Sony Pictures Classics teamed up with one of our favorite real-life gay couples, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, to release some special edition bowties celebrating same-sex marriage.
So what do these conversation starters look like, you ask?
Inspired by his character Ben and his love for art, The John Lithgow features bold, abstract combinations of colors similar to the styles of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Yes please.
Inspired by his character George, a music teacher, The Alfred Molina features Frédéric Chopin, whose music scores the film, finished in the colorful style of an Andy Warhol piece. Tres bohemian chic.
And lastly, The Sachs-Torres is inspired by the iconic gay bar, Julius in New York City’s West Village, in which a poignant scene from the film is set. It features interlocking, stylized “J”s with a light blue base and various shades of pink, expressing a collaboration between Ira and his husband Boris Torres.
You can find them all at Tie The Knot. Proceeds from the sale of the bow ties will go to various organizations that are fighting for the civil rights of gays and lesbians every single day, as well as to fund Tie The Knot’s international public education campaign to help continue to move the dial in support of marriage equality.
And since the film is absolutely gorgeous and love-affirming, here’s an exclusive clip of Alfred Molina talking about his total man crush on John:
And here’s one of John explaining why he had to appear in the film opposite his old pal Alfred: