I’m not sure what was in the water at the Franco household growing up, but I’m digging the fact that they love playing gay characters. First, James in, well, everything, and now his little brother Dave, who’s character “Pete” (known for being able to get hard on command) is gay in Neighbors 2. I love Hollywood!
While his role is smaller in the sequel, Franco was still excited for the role, and thought his gayness/wood will compensate for the lack of screen time.
“Even though I’m not on screen for a significant amount of time, hopefully it will be very memorable,” Franco said to CinemaBlend. “And of course I was excited to try something new with the character while still maintaining essence.”
Director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, The Five-Year Engagement, Neighbors) agreed after realizing that he’d never had a gay character in any of his films. It was during the press junket for the original Neighbors, which ended up grossing $270 million, that a reporter asked him why — he didn’t have an answer.
Stoller then looked at the ending of the original film. In it, Teddy (Efron) tells Pete (Franco) to take off and that he’ll take responsibility for a building getting destroyed by fireworks. Pete responds with, “I love you.”
This was when Stoller had the idea of making him gay in the sequel. In Neighbors 2, Pete will be in a same-sex relationship on the verge of getting married.
“Clearly, we’re playing with the homoerotic tension [in the first film],” Stoller said to Yahoo News, “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.”
While the original film’s comedy baseline was uber masculine frat boys, the sequel will be based around a women’s sorority led by Chloe Moretz, who ends up moving next door to Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne.
I don’t know about you, but to me Dave is the sexiest of both Franco men. Here’s a video of him f*cking himself for your enjoyment. God bless America!