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Now both Franco brothers are "gay in their art", as James likes to put it.
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

9 May 2016 - 1:14 PM  UPDATED 9 May 2016 - 1:24 PM

It appears James Franco isn't the only member of the Franco family to be "gay in his art", as Neighbours 2 director Nicholas Stroller revealed that Dave Franco's character Pete will come out of the closet in the comedy sequel.

Stroller, who directed comedy smash Forgetting Sarah Marshall and dramedy The Five-Year Engagement, said that he was inspired to make Franco's character gay after realising that none of his films had any gay characters in them.

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"We've told the straight, heteronormative stories ad nauseam by now, in our movies, our shows, our commercials – everywhere."

“Clearly, we’re playing with the homoerotic tension [in the first film]," Stroller said while doing press for the sequel.

After toying with the idea of making Zac Efron's character gay, Stroller recalled that he almost made Franco's character Pete gay in the original Neighbours.

"I was like, 'He should just be gay'," he said of the original film. "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.”

Unfortunately, the role is very much a side-character in the film, but Franco hopes that he can make an impact with the screen time he has.

“Even though I’m not on screen for a significant amount of time, hopefully it will be very memorable,” Franco said. “And of course I was excited to try something new with the character while still maintaining his essence.”

Two Francos gay in their art. What a time to be alive.

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