Dave Franco’s character Pete will come out as gay and become engaged to a man in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.”
In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, director Nicholas Stoller says there was already homoerotic tension surrounding Pete’s character. In “Neighbors” frat boy Pete shares an intimate scene with his best friend Teddy, played by Zac Efron, who insists Pete leave the scene of their out of control frat house. Pete tells Teddy “I love you” before leaving .
“Clearly, we’re playing with the homoerotic tension there, and I was like, ‘He should just be gay,’ Then in this one, it came up again. [Co-writer] Evan Goldberg brought it up, and he said, ‘I think he should be gay, and part of [his arc] should be the proposal.’ It was kind of all of us coming to the same conclusion.”
Stoller says a reporter asked him why there were no LGBT characters in his films and he realized he couldn’t answer.
“I was like, ‘I don’t know why. I literally don’t know. I have no good answer for that. So this seemed like an organic way to have that happen,” Stoller says.
Franco, younger brother to fellow actor James, says he’s excited for his character’s arc.
“Even though I’m not on screen for a significant amount of time, hopefully it will be very memorable. And of course I was excited to try something new with the character while still maintaining his essence,” Franco says.
“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” will be released in theaters on May 20.