‘Bros’ Star Luke Macfarlane ‘Made Peace’ With Not Being a Main Man

“I did not know if that was ever going to return alongside for me in my profession,” the Hallmark hunk who leads Billy Eichner’s homosexual rom-com advised IndieWire.

After years as a Hallmark Channel hunk, Luke Macfarlane lastly nabbed the romantic lead of his goals — and on his personal phrases. Macfarlane performs the dashing love curiosity to screenwriter Billy Eichner’s character in “Bros,” which is being touted as the primary homosexual studio rom-com (at the very least, the primary to get a large theatrical launch with an all-LGBTQ forged).

Along with his All-American beauty and simple winking charisma, some viewers members might surprise the place he’s been hiding since ending a long term on the critically beloved ABC drama “Brothers & Sisters” in 2011. A recurring lead on a profitable primetime present ought to have led to a flurry of affords, it actually did for his onscreen companion Matthew Rhys. Although he’s reticent to level fingers and grateful to Hallmark for the regular work, it doesn’t take a genius to determine what occurred.

“I’m by no means going to know the alternatives I wasn’t given. I’m by no means going to be in these rooms,” Macfarlane mentioned throughout a latest telephone interview with IndieWire. “So I’ll by no means know fully. However I did know that I needed to be a number one man. That’s the factor that I feel I dreamed of after I was a child at Julliard. These are the roles I checked out and thought that’s the form of function I’d need to play. I don’t know if I used to be denied them. I don’t really know. However I do know for a proven fact that rising up, I by no means did see out homosexual male film stars.”

Within the scheme of out homosexual celebrities, Macfarlane was a little bit of a pioneer. He got here out publicly in 2008, when California’s Prop 8 was threatening to ban same-sex marriage within the state. To place that in context: That’s two years earlier than Ricky Martin, 4 years earlier than Anderson Cooper and Matt Bomer, and 9 years earlier than Kristen Stewart. Whereas it’s actually not a contest, the panorama of out homosexual actors seemed a bit completely different again then.

“It was a special time. There weren’t lots of people. I did come out earlier than lots of my colleagues got here out,” he mentioned. “I got here out formally after I was on ‘Brothers & Sisters’ within the Globe and Mail, which is my Canadian newspaper. It felt like the fitting factor to do at the moment. Proposition 8 in California was up for debate and homosexual rights had been nonetheless very, very a lot a part of the nationwide dialog and the politics of the time. And it felt like I had so as to add my voice to the group of folks that mentioned, ‘I’m queer and I’m publicly out.’”

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By his personal admission, Macfarlane doesn’t match conventional homosexual stereotypes. Eichner pulled a bit from Macfarlane’s actual life for his character Aaron, an property legal professional who as soon as harbored goals of being a chocolatier. Like Aaron, Macfarlane loves hockey, Garth Brooks, and is “most likely responsible of spending a bit bit an excessive amount of time within the fitness center.”

Whereas nobody is complaining about that (particularly throughout Macfarlane’s many shirtless scenes in “Bros”), Macfarlane empathizes with Aaron’s strict adherence to unrealistic male physique requirements. “Aaron is any individual that rising up within the ’90s had most likely lots of preconceived notions about masculinity and the way in which it’s essential to look a sure method to be able to be efficiently sexually interesting. So I feel there’s positively part of me that thinks about that,” he mentioned. “Particularly as a person in Hollywood.”

“‘Workplace’ gif? This particular person isn’t homosexual,” Bobby mutters to his telephone throughout considered one of their many humorous texting exchanges. A lot of the humor and rigidity within the movie comes from Bobby’s opinionated, brash, loud queerness clashing with Aaron’s extra assimilated gayness. (Macfarlane’s love of nation music led to the film’s candy conclusion, during which Eichner’s character Bobby serenades Aaron with an authentic love music within the type of Garth Brooks.)

Not solely is {that a} dialog that’s ripe for comedy, it’s one which Macfarlane hopes will encourage extra homosexual guys to embrace their place within the broader queer group. Identical to he has.

“I symbolize one other facet of the queer group. One which has put a bigger foot into this heteronormative area locally,” mentioned Macfarlane. “I’ve all the time felt very snug with who I’m and I’m very pleased with my contribution to the queer group. … I hope that Aaron is taken with as a lot sensitivity as he deserves as a result of I feel he weirdly has essentially the most to study on this film. I feel he has the least expertise locally and he, like perhaps a few of our viewers members will, [learns] that you just don’t really must be so afraid of it.”

Although it could possibly typically really feel like LGBTQ+ acceptance is whizzing alongside sooner than anybody can sustain, the fact is that there are a lot of international locations the place it’s nonetheless unlawful to be homosexual, and plenty of counties the place it could really feel that method. Macfarlane got here out earlier than it was cool, and he paid the worth. Hopefully, “Bros” exhibits Hollywood what a blinding main man it almost handed up.

“I didn’t know if that was ever going to return alongside for me in my profession. And I used to be making peace with that. ‘Oh, I’ll be an actor that works and I’ll have ups and downs.’ However a function studio movie, I didn’t know if that was ever going to return round for me,” he mentioned. “So the truth that they did make it for LGBTQ individuals was my foot within the door.”

Common Footage will launch “Bros” in theaters on Friday, September 30.

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