brothers Actors Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane bring a lot of themselves to the screen. Produced by Judd Apatow, the film follows two men named Bobby and Aaron who begin to fall in love despite both having commitment issues. Eichner co-wrote the screenplay with director Nicholas Stoller, so he knew what the production was asking of him. Still, he had to spend his first day of shooting working on the only two types of scenes he didn’t want to film for the LGBTQ rom-com first.
Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane never met before Bros
According to an interview with Collider, Eichner and Macfarlane never met before work brothers. The film demands chemistry from them that reads on screen, but the actors actually thought this was to their advantage when it came time to film the scenes. Macfarlane was an Eichner fan before their paths crossed, but they have never met in person.
“I knew Billy, I was a big fan of his,” Macfarlane said. “We had never met in person, so the first time I walked into that room I felt like I understood the guy and understood who Aaron was, but I really, really, really wanted to impress him. It was nice when we somehow understood each other in the room. It was very beautiful.”
Eichner agreed with Macfarlane but thought it helped with the development of their characters.
“We didn’t know each other,” confirmed Eichner. “I think that helped in a way because we had to discover each other as our characters discovered each other. I don’t know, we’re very similar in a way. We’re very different in some ways. I think we have a lot of respect for each other, but we’re also, I don’t know, a little intimidated. We make each other a little nervous, also because we didn’t really know each other. I do not know. It just worked for some reason. It’s hard to explain why.”
‘Bros’ actor Billy Eichner didn’t want to film any sex scenes or his emotional monologue on day one
However, brothers Actor Eichner didn’t want to film his character’s sex scenes or monologue on the first day. Unfortunately, there isn’t always a choice in filming order, depending on filming locations and other factors. Eichner found that he had to shoot the most difficult scenes on day one before he got a chance to get to know Macfarlane better.
“I said, ‘I’ll do anything, but I have two requests,'” Eichner recalls. “‘I have a big scene in the middle of the film. This monologue in which I reveal a lot about Luke’s character. I said, ‘Please don’t let me do that on the first day of shooting. And don’t let me do any intense sex scenes with Luke on the first day of shooting either.’”
Eichner continues: “And I did both on the first day of shooting. And Nick was like, ‘I’m really sorry. The way locations work and everything we have to do on day one.’ And that was something I really had to take care of, but I’m proud of how it all turned out.”
Macfarlane chimed in: “I remember shooting that scene and on the first day of shooting you learn all the names. You still don’t know the DP’s name, you still don’t know the people who do your hair and stuff.”
He concluded, “And I’m lying listening to this monologue and wondering what film we’re doing because you’re having that conversation in your head too. You think what is this thing that we do? And that monologue, I think, is the heart of the film in many ways. So yes. We really had to dive in.”
The film was bombarded with reviews prior to release
Eichner and Macfarlane made history with it brothers, which is the first gay rom-com to be distributed by a major Hollywood studio with an all-LGBTQ cast. However, not everyone can handle beautiful things. Many movie rating platforms don’t allow audiences to rate movies prior to their release, but IMDb still tends to allow them to do so.
According to Slashfilm, homophobic reviewers bombarded the IMDb page with negative reviews and comments ahead of the September 30 release date. The platform later removed the ability to rate the film early to avoid further spamming.
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https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/bros-billy-eichner-forced-film-2-scenes-luke-macfarlane-asked-not-shoot-first-day.html/ Billy Eichner was forced to shoot the only 2 scenes with Luke Macfarlane that he didn’t want to shoot on day one