Billy Eichner wouldn’t have signed for ‘Bros’ if it wasn’t ‘authentic for gay audiences’.
The 43-year-old comedian was first approached about the film by producer Judd Apatow and director and co-writer Nicholas Stoller and insisted he was ‘not interested’ in taking on a tale of typical love and to make two men out of it.
He told British magazine Esquire: “When Nick told me he wanted to do a gay rom-com, I said to him, ‘If you think we can just do ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and swap the man and woman against two men, so I’m not interested.
“While I wanted the story to be accessible to everyone, it also had to be authentic for gay audiences.
“To his credit, Nick immediately said, ‘Anything honest will be best. “
In the film, Billy plays podcaster Bobby, whose anti-relationship stance changes when he meets Luke Macfarlane’s Aaron.
And the ‘Billy on the Street’ star – who also co-wrote the film – insisted it was “important” to incorporate their sex lives into the film.
He said: “For so many years the world has turned a blind eye to LGBTQ people and the way we live our lives.
“And, as offensive and traumatic as that, it can also be liberating.
“If you didn’t consider us part of ‘normal society’, then we didn’t have to operate by your old-fashioned, heteronormative rules.
“We made our own rules. Our friendships, our sex lives and our relationships are different.
“I thought it was important to show that these two men were physical with each other.
“I think sex is hilarious, absurd and awkward.
“I understand there’s shock value to that, because people have been so scared to go there in the past.”
Billy admitted it was intimidating trying to get the film off the ground.
He said: “Nick and Judd, as straight white men I guess, have a certain confidence.
“But even though I’ve had success, I’ve never been able to do anything at this level.
“I’ve never even acted in an independent film.
“That’s largely because, until very recently, Hollywood didn’t welcome openly gay actors and comedians.”