Dot-Marie Jones wants you to know that you won’t “catch gay” from seeing her new movie Bros.
In the gay romantic comedy from Universal Pictures, veteran actor Jones plays Cherry, a lesbian coworker of Billy Eichner’s character Bobby. She has a bunch of hilarious scenes in the movie.
While the movie has gotten high praise from critics, audiences didn't turn up to see Bros the way people hoped it would. Because of that, the movie’s star Billy Eichner has criticized straight audiences for not going out to see the movie.
Now Jones has joined in. She was serving on the panel of judges at the Best in Drag Show, an annual drag pageant and charity benefit for people living with HIV and AIDS, when she told Variety what she thinks about the low box office numbers for the film.
“There’s so much heart and so many wonderful good laughs in this [movie],” she said. “I don’t know if it's because it’s, you know, LGBTQ. It’s not contagious – f*ckin’ go see a movie, you know what I mean? It’s crazy.”
“I had a friend, she went and she’s straight,” she continued. “She went and saw it and went back and saw it again yesterday because everybody was laughing so much that she missed some of the jokes.”
Jones echoes the sentiment that Bros star and co-writer Billy Eichner had said when he reacted to the movies’ low box office numbers.
“Even with glowing reviews, great Rotten Tomatoes scores, an A CinemaScore etc, straight people, especially in certain parts of the country, just didn’t show up for Bros,” he tweeted. “And that’s disappointing but it is what it is.”
Bros really is one of the best comedies in years and a truly great romantic comedy. It’s gotten near-universal praise from critics and audiences who saw it. Still, it made only half of its $8-$10 million projected box office in its opening weekend.